The Man I Love (1959)

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Disc Number: 
1
Composer: 
George Gershwin
Lyricist: 
Ira Gershwin
Time: 
3:50

From Wikipedia:

 

"The Man I Love" is a popular standard, with music by George Gershwin and lyrics by his brother Ira. Originally part of the 1927 score for the Gershwin antiwar musical satire Strike Up the Band, the song was removed from the 1930 version of the show, and, as with many standards of the era, has become more famous as an independent popular song than as one from a Broadway musical.

Popular torch singer Helen Morgan first made the song into a big success. [1]

Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, and Lena Horne recorded versions of this song, as did Ella Fitzgerald for Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Songbook (1959). On this version, Ira Gershwin commented, "I didn't realize our songs were so good until Ella sang them.". Hazel O'Connor recorded a version for her Smile album in 1984.

Cher recorded the song for her album Bittersweet White Light (1973).

Barbra Streisand recorded the song for her album Back to Broadway (1993).

In 1995, Tony Bennett recorded the song for his MTV Unplugged performance with lyrics revised by Ira Gershwin as "The Girl I Love".

In 2006, Israeli musician Ivri Lider recorded a version of the song as a part of the soundtrack from the movie The Bubble.

In 2008, Malian musician Rokia Traoré recorded the song for her album Tchamanché. She had previously performed it in 2005 as a duet with Dianne Reeves.

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