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"Divaville Lounge" with Sarah O (archive)

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Sunday, September 26, 2021 | 14:00 to 16:00 | jazz/pop vocalists

Artist Song Album Label Comments
Paul Whiteman Orchestra featuring George Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue Gershwin Plays Gershwin Naxos Happy birthday George Gershwin! Every song today written by Gershwin. This (1924) was the first recording & second ever performance of "Rhapsody in Blue." It was commissioned by Paul Whiteman.
George Gershwin Prelude #2 Gershwin Plays Gershwin: 1919-1931 Naxos written 1927, rec 1928, Gershwin on solo piano
Al Jolson Swanee Smithsonian American Songbook Series: George Gershwin Sony written 1919, this recording 1920. Originally written for the show Demi-Tasse, when Jolson recorded it this song became the biggest hit of Gershwin's career. He made so much money from "Swanee" that he was able to write the music he wanted, opera and film scores, rather than chasing hits the way most Tin Pan Alley songwriters had to
Paul Whiteman Orchestra I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise Smithsonian American Songbook Series: George Gershwin Sony written & rec 1922. Written for the show George White's Scandals. It later appeared in the film An American in Paris
Fred Astaire & George Gershwin The Half of It Dearie Blues Fred Astaire The Complete London Sessions Parlophone UK written 1924, this recording 1926 (I mistakenly said 1928 on the air). Written for the show Lady, Be Good which starred Fred Astaire. Astaire starred in many of the shows and movies that produced Gershwin's best work. This recording was made when they worked together in London. Near the end you can hear them speaking to each other
RKO Radio Studio Orchestra Promenade (Walking the Dog) George and Ira Gershwin in Hollywood Rhino written and rec 1937 for the film Shall We Dance. This is from the scene where Fred and Ginger walk their dogs on the deck of the ship
Chick Webb and His Little Chicks I Got Rhythm Complete Chick Webb & Ella Fitzgerald Decca Sessions Mosaic written 1930 for the show Girl Crazy, originally sung by Ethel Merman this recording 1937. It had originally been a slow song in the show Treasure Girl but the sped-up version we know was written for Girl Crazy
Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra Let's Call the Whole Thing Off Lady Day Sony written 1937 for the movie Shall We Dance, originally sung by Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers, this recording also 1937
Benny Goodman Orchestra v/ Peggy Lee How Long Has This Been Going On? The Complete Recordings 1941-1947 RCA written 1927 for the show Funny Face, it was dropped from the show and then sung by Bobbe Arnst in Rosalie (1928). This recording 1941
Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra I Can't Get Started An Introduction to Bunny Berigan Best of Jazz written 1936 for the movie Ziegfeld Follies of 1936. This was written by Ira Gershwin and Vernon Duke, including it in this show was a mistake
Frank Sinatra A Foggy Day Songs for Young Lovers Capitol written 1937 for the film A Damsel in Distress, originally sung by Fred Astaire. This recording 1953
Mel Torme & the Marty Paich Dek-tette Fascinating Rhythm Lulu's Back in Town Bethlehem Archive written 1924 for the show Lady Be Good, originally sung by Cliff Edwards, Fred Astaire & Adele Astaire. This recording 1956
Dinah Washington o/ Quincy Jones Somebody Loves Me The Swingin' Miss 'D' Emarcy written 1924 for George White's Scandals. This recording 1956
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong They All Laughed Ella and Louis Again Verve written 1937 for Shall We Dance, originally sung by Ginger Rogers, this recording 1957
Fred Astaire Things Are Looking Up Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers at RKO Rhino written 1937 for A Damsel in Distress, this performance by Astaire is the original from the movie
Peggy Lee o/ Dave Barbour Aren't You Kind of Glad We Did? The Great Jazz Vocalists Sing The George Gershwin Songbook Blue Note written by George Gershwin but unpublished during his life, Ira Gershwin later added lyrics and used it in the 1947 film The Shocking Miss Pilgrim where it was sung by Betty Grable & Dick Haymes. This recording 1946
Nat King Cole Trio Embraceable You Complete Capitol Recordings of the King Cole Trio Mosaic written 1928 for an unpublished show, used in Girl Crazy in 1930 where it was sung by Ginger Rogers. This recording 1942
Lena Horne The Man I Love I Got Rhythm: The Music of George Gershwin Smithsonian written 1924 for Lady Be Good, it was dropped from that show and used in 1927 in the show Strike Up the Band. This recording 1941
Jones-Smith Incorporated Lady, Be Good Classic 1936-1947 Count Basie & Lester Young Studio Sessions Mosaic written 1924 for Lady Be Good & originally sung by Walter Catlett. This recording 1936 is one of the first sides recorded by Count Basie as a bandleader
Ella Fitzgerald Lady, Be Good Jazz at the Philharmonic: The Ella Fitzgerald Set Verve recorded live at Carnegie Hall 1949
Della Reese o/ John Cotter But Not for Me The Best Thing For You Jasmine written 1930 for Girl Crazy & originally sung by Ginger Rogers
Dinah Washington Our Love is Here to Stay After Hours With Miss D Emarcy written 1937 for the film The Goldwyn Follies. This was the last song Gershwin wrote before his death. This recording 1954
Frank Sinatra Love Walked In The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings Reprise written 1930 but unused until the 1938 film The Goldwyn Follies where it was sung by Kenny Baker. This recording 1961
Ella Fitzgerald w/ Paul Smith I've Got a Crush On You Ella Sings Gershwin Verve written 1928 for the show Treasure Girl where it was sung by Cilfton Webb and Mary Hay. Also used in Strike Up the Band. This recording 1950
Fred Astaire Slap That Bass Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers at RKO Rhino written 1937 for the movie Shall We Dance, this performance by Astaire is the original from the movie. Gershwin's innovative use of the ship's engine as percussion is a hint as to what he might have accomplished if he hadn't died so young
Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra Summertime The Lady Sings Verve written 1934 for the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess, lyrics by DuBose Heyward though ASCAP co-credited Ira Gershwin. Originally sung by Nikki Renee Daniels. This recording 1936
Sammy Davis Jr. A Woman Is a Sometime Thing Boy Meets Girl Verve written for Porgy and Bess. Originally sung by John W. Bubbles. This recording 1959, Davis played Sportin' Life in the movie
Aretha Franklin It Ain't Necessarily So The Great American Songbook Columbia/Legacy written for Porgy and Bess. Originally sung by John Bubbles. This recording 1960.
Shirley Horn I Got Plenty O' Nuttin I Remember Miles Polygram written for Porgy and Bess. Originally sung by Todd Duncan. This recording 1998.
Ella Fitzgerald Someone to Watch Over Me The George and Ira Gershwin Songbook Verve written 1926 for the show Oh, Kay! originally sung by Gertrude Lawrence. This recording 1951
Chet Baker Long Ago and Far Away The Best of Chet Baker Sings Blue Note written 1944 for the movie Cover Girl, this was written by Ira Gershwin & Jerome Kern, its inclusion in this show is a mistake
Sarah Vaughan Nice Work if You Can Get It Sarah Vaughan in Hi-Fi Columbia/Legacy written 1937 for A Damsel In Distress, originally sung by Fred Astaire. This recording 1955
June Christy Looking for a Boy The Best of June Christy: The Jazz Sessions Blue Note written 1925 for the show Tip-Toes. This recording 1960
Ella Fitzgerald I'm a Poached Egg Without Toast Jukebox Ella Verve written by George Gershwin but unpublished until Ira Gershwin added lyrics for the 1964 film Kiss Me, Stupid. This recording also 1964
Johnny Hartman Bidin' My Time Unforgettable Impulse! written 1930 for Girl Crazy. This recording 1966
Julie London 'S Wonderful Julie Is Her Name EMI written 1927 for Funny Face, originally sung by Adele Astaire and Allen Kearn. Ira Gershwin reportedly hated it when people mangled the lyric and called this song "It's Wonderful." This recording 1955
Fred Astaire He Loves and She Loves Funny Face OST Verve written 1927 for Funny Face, it replaced "How Long Has This Been Going On?" which was dropped from the show. Originally sung by Adele Astaire and Allen Kearns. This performance from the movie Funny Face, 1957
Fred Astaire o/ Johnny Green They Can't Take That Away from Me Top Hat, White Tie and Tails ASV Living Era written 1937 for Shall We Dance. Originally sung by Astaire but this is not the performance in the movie, this is a studio recording he released at the same time