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The Classic Songs of George Gershwin
The Classic Songs of George Gershwin

Various Artists
Styles: Easy Listening, Jazz, Pop
Catalogue Number: ADDCD3259
This is the second in a new Acrobat series which will be devoted to the illustrious composers who made significant contributions to the Great American Songbook - the songs written during the half-century or so from the dawn of the recording era, many from stage musicals or movies, other purely the product of Tin Pan Alley, which provided the core repertoire for many of the finest and most prominent vocalists, big bands and jazz musicians of those and subsequent decades. This great-value 41-track 2-CD collection brings together some of the best-known and most-performed songs and compositions by the great George Gershwin, who despite his tragic premature death from a brain tumour in 1937 at the age of 38, contributed some hugely important works to the popular music canon. The selected songs are presented here broadly in chronological order of their composition, almost all of them coming from stage shows or movies, using recordings from across the years since they were introduced, some by artists who were around to perform the songs when they were first introduced along with others who simply dipped into his rich catalogue of landmark songs for their singles releases or albums. They include many collaborations with his lyricist brother Ira, along with other top lyricists of the era. Their interpretations reflect not only the melodic quality of his songs, but their timeless adaptability. It also includes noted full-length recordings of his ground-breaking orchestral works “Rhapsody In Blue” and “An American In Paris”. It’s a highly entertaining showcase for the work of one of popular music’s most talented and influential practitioners.

Disk 1:
Track Title Artist
1 Swanee Al Jolson
2 Do It Again Eartha Kitt
3 Fascinating Rhythm Fred & Adele Astaire with George Gershwin
4 Oh, Lady Be Good! Fred Astaire
5 Somebody Loves Me Eddie Condon & His Orch. Feat. Jack Teagarden
6 Rhapsody In Blue Leonard Bernstein & Columbia Symphony Orch.
7 Looking For A Boy Ella Fitzgerald
8 Fidgety Feet Nelson Riddle & His Orch.
9 Maybe Ella Fitzgerald
10 Someone to Watch Over Me Keely Smith
11 Funny Face Fred & Adele Astaire
12 S Wonderful Julie London
13 Soon Ella Fitzgerald
14 Strike Up the Band Red Nichols & His Orch.
15 The Man I Love Billie Holiday
16 How Long Has This Been Going On? Peggy Lee with Benny Goodman's Orchestra
17 I've Got a Crush on You Frank Sinatra
18 But Not for Me Lee Wiley
19 Embraceable You Nat King Cole
20 I Got Rhythm Adelaide Hall
21 Of Thee I Sing The Knickerbockers with Ben Selvin's Orch.
Disk 2:
Track Title Artist
1 Sam And Delilah Lee Wiley
2 Who Cares? Anita O'Day
3 Isn't It a Pity? Sarah Vaughan
4 Mine Jo Stafford
5 A Woman Is a Sometime Thing Paul Robeson
6 I Loves You Porgy Nina Simone
7 Summertime Lee Wiley
8 It Ain't Necessarily So Aretha Franklin
9 Bess You Is My Woman Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
10 A Foggy Day Shirley Bassey
11 Let's Call the Whole Thing Off Keely Smith & Louis Prima
12 Nice Work If You Can Get It Ella Fitzgerald
13 They All Laughed Jimmy Dorsey/Don Matteson
14 They Can't Take That Away from Me Keely Smith & Louis Prima
15 Things Are Looking Up Billie Holiday
16 American In Paris Victor Symphony Orch
17 Love Walked In Jimmy Dorsey/Bob Eberly
18 Our Love Is Here to Stay Billie Holiday
19 For You, for Me, for Evermore Dick Haymes with Judy Garland
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