Alec Wilder's American Popular Song - 8

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The list author says: "AMERICAN POPULAR SONG The Great Innovators 1900-1950 by Alec Wilder

Chapter 4 GEORGE GERSHWIN (1898-1937) continued

All music by George Gershwin"
Strike Up The Band (1990 Studio Cast)
1.  Strike Up The Band (1990 Studio Cast) by George Gershwin
The list author says:
  "Soon (Ira Gershwin, lyric - from Strike Up the Band, second version, 1930) Brent Barrett and Rebecca Luker  "boldness...but here it borders on coarseness...let me say that I like the verse of Soon very much""
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My Heart Speaks
2.  My Heart Speaks by Jane Froman
The list author says:
  "Boy! What Love Has Done to Me! (Ira Gershwin, lyric - from Girl Crazy, 1930) Jane Froman  "lyric is witty and full of clever rhymes; the harmony and the chromatic bass lines are all that a musician could ask for, and yet...it is not song-like...the release is marvelous""
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Love Letters
3.  Love Letters by Ketty Lester
The list author says:
  "But Not for Me (Ira Gershwin, lyric - from Girl Crazy, 1930) Ketty Lester  "a masterpiece of control and understatement...Gershwin at his purest""
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It's All Yours
4.  It's All Yours by Helen O'Connell
The list author says:
  "Embraceable You (Ira Gershwin, lyric - from Girl Crazy, 1930) Helen O'Connell with Jimmy Dorsey and his Orchestra  "another of those Gershwin untouchables...lyric functions as an intrinsic part...a marvelous illustration of simplicity and economy""
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Greatest Golden Hits
5.  Greatest Golden Hits by Happenings
The list author says:
  "I Got Rhythm (Ira Gershwin, lyric - from Girl Crazy, 1930) The Happenings  "a passing fancy, enormously successful though it obviously has been""
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All About Love (Mini Lp Sleeve)
6.  All About Love (Mini Lp Sleeve) by Steve Lawrence
The list author says:
  "Blah-Blah-Blah (Ira Gershwin, lyric - from Delicious, film, 1931) Steve Lawrence  "a very sweet and sadly obscure song""
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Chris Connor Sings the George Gershwin Almanac of Song
7.  Chris Connor Sings the George Gershwin Almanac of Song by Chris Connor
The list author says:
  "Love Is Sweeping the Country (Ira Gershwin, lyric - from Of Thee I Sing, 1931) Chris Connor  "it does both march and swing...but, overall, it has a made-to-order quality""
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Of Thee I Sing
8.  Of Thee I Sing by George Gershwin
The list author says:
  "Of Thee I Sing (Ira Gershwin, lyric - from Of Thee I Sing, 1931) Jack Carson and Betty Oakes  "a rouser, it marches, it's aggressive, it's a standard and...it belongs only on the stage""
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Gershwin Album
9.  Gershwin Album by Jack Jones
The list author says:
  "Who Cares? (Ira Gershwin, lyric - from Of Thee I Sing, 1931) Jack Jones  "a marvelous rhythm ballad, moving naturally and purposefully ahead""
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Dreamsville
10.  Dreamsville by Stacey Kent
The list author says:
  "Isn't It a Pity? (Ira Gershwin, lyric - from Pardon My English, 1933) Stacey Kent  "the main strain is simply adequate""
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Sarah Vaughan Sings George Gershwin
11.  Sarah Vaughan Sings George Gershwin by Sarah Vaughan
The list author says:
  "Lorelei (Ira Gershwin, lyric - from Pardon My English, 1933) Sarah Vaughan  "a loose, swinging, 'riffy' song...extremely clever and Gershwin is obviously having a good time""
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My Square Laddie
12.  My Square Laddie by Nancy Walker
The list author says:
  "My Cousin in Milwaukee (Ira Gershwin, lyric - from Pardon My English, 1933) Nancy Walker  "these 'night spot' songs come as a shock...high spirits...a slow rhythm song""
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Of Thee I Sing / Let 'em Eat Cake (1987 Studio Recording)
13.  Of Thee I Sing / Let 'em Eat Cake (1987 Studio Recording) by George Gershwin
The list author says:
  "Blue, Blue, Blue (Ira Gershwin, lyric - from Let 'Em Eat Cake, 1933) New York Choral Artists with the Orchestra of St. Luke's conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas  "a marvelous, nutty little twenty-four measure song...it puzzles while it pleases""
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Jackie & Roy
14.  Jackie & Roy by ジャッキー・ケイン,ロイ・クラール
The list author says:
  "Mine (Ira Gershwin, lyric - from Let 'Em Eat Cake, 1933) Jackie Cain and Roy Kral  "the principal melody does not impress me as more than a backdrop for the counter-melody...when they're put together the result is very effective...at best it's a stunt""
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The Best of Billy Stewart: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection
15.  The Best of Billy Stewart: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection by Billy Stewart
The list author says:
  "Summertime (Du Bose Heyward, lyric - from Porgy and Bess, 1935) Billy Stewart  "a poignant arietta, became very popular beyond the opera house and concert hall""
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Mr. Rhythmist Goes To Town
16.  Mr. Rhythmist Goes To Town by Mora's Modern Rhythmists
The list author says:
  "King of Swing (Al Stillman, lyric - 1936) Kayre Morrison with Mora's Modern Rhythmists  "it's hack work""
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Kiri Sings Gershwin
17.  Kiri Sings Gershwin by Kiri Te Kanawa
The list author says:
  "By Strauss (Ira Gershwin, lyric - from The Show Is On, 1936) Kiri Te Kanawa with the Princess Theater Orchestra conducted by John McGlinn  "the only Gershwin waltz I've come across..attractive from start to finish...chorus is so sweet that I'm a little sorry that the lyric is so jocose""
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When Harry Met Sally: Music From The Motion Picture
18.  When Harry Met Sally: Music From The Motion Picture by Harry Connick Jr.
The list author says:
  "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off (Ira Gershwin, lyric - from Shall We Dance, film, 1937) Harry Connick Jr.  "really isn't so hot...just a hook to hang the fairly amusing lyric on""
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My One & Only
19.  My One & Only by Trudy Desmond
The list author says:
  "Shall We Dance? (Ira Gershwin, lyric - from Shall We Dance, film, 1937) Trudy Desmond  "lively...with a very happy verse""
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Don't Be That Way: 1935-1940
20.  Don't Be That Way: 1935-1940 by Jimmy Dorsey
The list author says:
  "Slap That Bass (Ira Gershwin, lyric - from Shall We Dance, film, 1937) Bob Eberly with Jimmy Dorsey and his Orchestra  "Gershwin drops back stylistically to his early writing days...comes off as what a friend calls 'old folks makin' rhythm'""
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Ultimate Dakota Staton
21.  Ultimate Dakota Staton by Dakota Staton
The list author says:
  "They All Laughed (Ira Gershwin, lyric - from Shall We Dance, film, 1937) Dakota Staton  "a completely timely rhythm song...starts in swinging and never quits""
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It Had to Be You... The Great American Songbook
22.  It Had to Be You... The Great American Songbook by Rod Stewart
The list author says:
  "They Can't Take That Away from Me (Ira Gershwin, lyric - from Shall We Dance, film, 1937) Rod Stewart  "etched like acid in my memory bank...it's repeated notes, but handled as I've never known them to be by him - perfectly""
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I Remember You
23.  I Remember You by Tuck & Patti
The list author says:
  "A Foggy Day (Ira Gershwin, lyric - from A Damsel in Distress, film, 1937) Patti Cathcart with Tuck Andress, guitar  "a heartbreak quality, not one note of which would I change...elegant verse resolves on a tonic chord...uncannily right...suggests a deep breath""
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It's Wonderful
24.  It's Wonderful by Maxine Sullivan
The list author says:
  "Nice Work If You Can Get it (Ira Gershwin, lyric - from A Damsel in Distress, film, 1937) Maxine Sullivan with the John Kirby Orchestra  "a very clever song...the release is one of the best Gershwin ever wrote""
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Spectrum
25.  Spectrum by Mary Stallings
The list author says:
  "Things Are Looking Up (Ira Gershwin, lyric - from A Damsel in Distress, film, 1937) Mary Stallings  "another great song...opening phrase of the chorus...has the sinuous shape of a lazy wave...the release...is a minor masterpiece of understated invention""
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Doing All Right
26.  Doing All Right by Barbara Morrison
The list author says:
  "I Was Doing All Right (Ira Gershwin, lyric - from The Goldwyn Follies, film, 1938) Barbara Morrison  "highly competent...not as good as Things Are Looking Up...the same kind of song...release is very good and also very chancy for the singer""
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Warm & Swing Softly
27.  Warm & Swing Softly by Johnny Mathis
The list author says:
  "Love Walked In (Ira Gershwin, lyric - from The Goldwyn Follies, film, 1938) Johnny Mathis  "very restrained, lucid, direct, warm and without pretense...close to a concert song""
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Unforgettable
28.  Unforgettable by Natalie Cole
The list author says:
  "Love Is Here To Stay (Ira Gershwin, lyric - from The Goldwyn Follies, film, 1938) Natalie Cole  "an equally beautiful song if slightly less pure in its flow...no effort to be clever...restraint, a tight rein at all times, and a lovely, final cadence""
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