The song of the day for Thursday, September 15, 2016 is “I Got Rhythm.”
About This Song
George Gershwin originally wrote this song with a slow tempo for the 1928 musical Treasure Girl. In 1930 for Girl Crazy, he decided on a faster rhythm. The song was introduced by Ethel Merman and became wildly popular based on her performance. It has been recorded many times by artists including Miss Merman, Fred Astaire, John Pizzarelli and Ethel Waters. It’s one of the great jazz standards.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “I Got Rhythm” in 1995 for his album Here’s To The Ladies, where Bennett sings songs associated with the great female singers of the 20th century. Today’s song is, of course, for Ethel Merman.
“I Got Rhythm,” as well as Here’s To The Ladies, is available from iTunes.
And here’s Miss Merman! She could really hold those notes!!