You're Driving Me Crazy

Mel Tormé

About You're Driving Me Crazy

"You're Driving Me Crazy" is an American popular song composed (music and lyrics) by Walter Donaldson in 1930 and recorded the same year by Lee Morse, Rudy Vallée & His Connecticut Yankees and Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians (with vocal by Carmen Lombardo). The song became a hit and was added to the 1930 musical comedy Smiles, starring Marilyn Miller and Fred and Adele Astaire. It was also recorded in 1930 by McKinney's Cotton Pickers and by Nick Lucas & His Crooning Troubadors. Nick Lucas's version, released on Brunswick, was a No. 7 hit: Brunswick 4987 (E-35404). The chords of "You're Driving Me Crazy" form the basis for Bennie Moten's great "Moten Swing." In 1931, cartoon character Betty Boop sang a sexy version of the song in the pre-code cartoon Silly Scandals. As Boop sang the song, her dress slipped down repeatedly, revealing a lacy bra and causing her to squeal. Later in the song, Betty was joined on stage by a line of mechanical dancing penguins who stomped out the beat in accompaniment to her singing. 


Year:
1988
3:10
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You, you're driving me crazy! What did I do? What did I do?
My tears for you make everything hazy, clouding the skies of blue
How true, were the friends who were near me to cheer me
Believe, me they knew, but you
Were the kind who would hurt me, desert me
When I needed you
Yes you, you're driving me crazy! What did I do to you?

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Mel Tormé

Melvin Howard Tormé (September 13, 1925 – June 5, 1999), nicknamed The Velvet Fog, was an American musician, known for his jazz singing. He was also a jazz composer and arranger, drummer, pianist, and actor in radio, film, and television, and the author of five books. He composed the music for the classic holiday song "The Christmas Song" ("Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire") and co-wrote the lyrics with Bob Wells. more »

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Written by: Walter Donaldson

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Song Origin
"You're Driving Me Crazy" is a popular song composed in 1930 by Walter Donaldson. It was featured in the American film comedy "Smiling Irish Eyes."
Billie Holiday
Billie Holiday released her rendition of "You're Driving Me Crazy" in 1937. Her personal style of incorporating emotion and heartbreak into her performances remained evident even in this more comical and lighthearted song.
Ella Fitzgerald
Known as the "First Lady of Song", Ella Fitzgerald recorded "You're Driving Me Crazy" in 1957 for her studio album "Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Song Book," adding a wonderful jazz interpretation to the piece.
Guy Lombardo
Canadian bandleader Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians recorded the song in 1931. Lombardo was noted for his "sweet" style, and his rendition of "You're Driving Me Crazy" became one of the popular recordings of the song.
Louis Armstrong
Jazz legend Louis Armstrong recorded "You're Driving Me Crazy" in 1930 with his Sebastian New Cotton Club Orchestra. Armstrong's signature virtuoso trumpet playing and distinctive voice added a unique edge to the tune.
Mel Tormé
Known as the "Velvet Fog" for his smooth, mellow voice, Mel Tormé also covered "You're Driving Me Crazy." His intimate and relaxed approach brought a warmth and richness to the song.
Peggy Lee
Peggy Lee's sultry and unique interpretations of jazz standards made her a popular figure in the music industry. Her vibrant and playful take on "You're Driving Me Crazy" showcased her vocal versatility.
Rudy Vallee
One of the first modern pop stars of the teen idol type, Rudy Vallée, recorded and performed "You're Driving Me Crazy" in 1930, his distinct "megaphone" style delivery giving the song a fresh and captivating feel.
Sarah Vaughan
Known as one of the most wondrous voices of the 20th century, Sarah Vaughan gave a fabulous rendition of "You're Driving Me Crazy" early in her career, her soaring range, and scat singing style giving the song a unique twist.

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