In what is perhaps a contender for “most unlikely duet of all time,” legendary jazz crooner Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga have teamed up to produce a video rendition of “The Lady is a Tramp.” Sporting a turquoise bob and a ’50s-inspired lace gown, Gaga growls, shimmies, and winks her way through the song as only she can. The low-key Bennett looks thoroughly amused by her over-the-top gesticulations and facial expressions, even openly chuckling at several points.
If she looks a bit unsteady on her feet, that’s because she was: according to Guy Talese’s recent New Yorker piece on the making of the duet, the whiskey glass that Gaga is seen swilling around was no mere prop. She had been drinking since the beginning of the recording session, and began flirting with Bennett, claiming that she “would have been chasing [him] around” back in his heyday (when the jazz singer turned 85 this past August, Gaga even sent him a “Happy Birthday” video message. We see this as further evidence of Gaga’s commitment to character: you can’t channel a ’50s jazz great without getting a little
inappropriate. -Allison Friedman