'S Wonderful

Reviewed by mojo

Okay, so everybody wins this time around! I DEFY you to find a more pleasant arrangement of a more pleasant song, sung by such a pleasant singer. This is one case where the song title TOTALLY lives up to the experience itself. The whole package so totally works, it leaves Mojo speechless.

But folks don't tune in to see blank pages, so what is it about this song that's just so utterly delightful? I don't know. It starts off so nice, with the muted trumpets and clarinets, and Ella singing those wistfully funny lyrics. And then it builds. Not so quick, just a casual Fred Astaire stroll for the first go-round, and then it literally builds again. The mutes come off the trumpets, the band stands up, and Ella matches them with her own girlish enthusiasm, times ten. It all adds up to BIG FINISH in the best big band tradition. Wotta great song!

I could find only one video of her singing this, but what a video it is! It's the Ed Sullivan show, with Sammy Davis Junior. It's one of the few times I've ever seen Ed Sullivan actually show some enthusiasm after a performance. Don't take MY word for it--take Ed Sullivan's advice--or, if that won't do it, watch Ed Sullivan actually be inspired enough to SING himself! THAT's what this song does, when Ella sings it! And if Ed Sullivan has to sing after hearing this, what chance do YOU or I have? So go ahead, sing along! Nobody's listening! Nobody will know! Well, except Mojo, that is. But she's a vault. She won't say anything. Not with all the blackmail material you have on HER....

'S Wonderful (1959)

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George Gershwin
Ira Gershwin

"'S Wonderful" is a popular song composed by George Gershwin, with lyrics written by Ira Gershwin. It was introduced in the Broadway musical Funny Face (1927) by Adele Astaire and Allen Kearns.[1]

The song was included in the 1951 movie An American in Paris where it was sung by Gene Kelly, as well as in the 1957 American musical, Funny Face, in which it was performed by Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire. The song is a very well-known standard, recorded by many artists, especially jazz artists. Vocal versions include those of Anita O'Day, Gene Kelly, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Joe Williams, John Pizzarelli, Sarah Vaughan, Karrin Allyson, Diana Krall and João Gilberto. There have also been purely instrumental recordings, for example, by Ray Conniff , Lee Konitz and Lenny Tristano, Sonny Stitt, and Lionel Hampton with Oscar Peterson.

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