The Man I Love (1960)

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"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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The Man I Love mojo

While this is not my all-time favorite song, you just GOTTA love how Ella sings it. Here in this live performance she plays with it a little bit, but not so radically that you don't know where she is in the course of the song. It's a fairly...

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Ella Singing "The Man I Love"--1974

This clip is apparently from a live show in Holland in 1974. Hang on until after the first stanza--they have fun with it! Total reimagining--I promise! And dang--if you're not an Ella fan, you WILL be!

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Ella Singing "The Man I Love"--1974

This is another 1974 television recording, this time in Germany. Looks like the same personnel as the Holland clip. They play with it, but differently than Holland. ("SHUT UP! Not a SOUND!")

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Ella Sings "The Man I Love" and "Body and Soul"

Not sure what year this is--I'm guessing the late 70's. A pretty straightforward version, followed (after the 2:00 mark) by "Body and Soul".

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