Tuesday, August 17, 2010

August 17: American lyricist Ira Gershwin died on this day in 1983 at the age of 86.

Broadway Greatest Hits
Born "Israel Gershowitz" in New York City, Ira formed half of a prolific composing duo- along with brother George- that produced some of the most memorable Broadway shows including "Porgy and Bess." Among the many, many songs they wrote included the popular standards "I Got Rhythm", "The Man I Love," "They Can't Take That Away From Me," "Embraceable You," "The Man I Love" and "Someone to Watch Over Me." Woody Allen's movie "Manhattan," featured a Gershwin soundtrack.

-- "I Got Rhythm" (Gene Kelly in "An American in Paris")
-- "The Man I Love" (Ella Fitzgerald)
-- "They Can't Take That Away From Me" (Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers)
-- "Embraceable You" (Frank Sinatra)
-- Opening from "Manhattan" (Woody Allen)
-- "Summertime" "Porgy and Bess"

Manhattan: Music From the Woody Allen Film

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