The song “Mack the Knife” was written by Bertolt Brecht and composed by Kurt Weill for his wife Lotte Lenya. Ms. Lenya sings ”Mack the knife” in its original German.
Version one.- Brian Setzer Orchestra
The Brian Setzer Orchestra (sometimes known by its initials BSO) is a swing and jump blues band formed in 1990 by Stray Cats front man Biran Setzer. The group covered Louis Prima “Jump Jive an Wail’’, which appeared on Prima’s 1957 album The Wildest. The BSO’s follow up single was “Gettin’ In the Mood.”.
Version two.- Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Jane Fitzgerald – (April 25, 1917 — June 15, 1996), also known as the “First Lady of Song” and “Lady Ella,” was an American jazz and song vocalist. With a vocal range spanning three octaves, she was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing and intonation, and a “horn-like” improvisational ability, particularly in her scat singing. She is considered to be a notable interpreter of the Great American Songbook. Over the course of her 59 year recording career, she was the winner of 13 Grammy Awards and was awarded the National Medal of Arts by Ronald Reagan and the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George H. W. Bush.
Version three – Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong vas the greatest of all Jazz musicians. Defined what it was to play Jazz. His amazing technical abilities, the joy and spontaneity, and amazingly quick, inventive musical mind still dominate Jazz to this day. He had an exciting and innovative style. Armstrong spread the language of jazz around the word, serving as an international ambassador of swing. His profound impact on the music of the 20th century continues into the 21st century.
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