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Subject: 1935: The Year In Music

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/23/14 at 7:01 am

"Summertime" is an aria composed by George Gershwin for the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess. The lyrics are by DuBose Heyward, the author of the novel Porgy on which the opera was based, although the song is also co-credited to Ira Gershwin by ASCAP.

The song soon became a popular and much recorded jazz standard, described as "without doubt ... one of the finest songs the composer ever wrote ... Gershwin's highly evocative writing brilliantly mixes elements of jazz and the song styles of negroes in the southeast United States from the early twentieth century." Composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim has characterized Heyward's lyrics for "Summertime" and "My Man's Gone Now" as "the best lyrics in the musical theater". The song is recognized as one of the most covered songs in the history of recorded music, with more than 33,000 covers by groups and solo performers.

In this case, the video of "Summertime" is sung by Billie Holiday from 1935.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYUqbnk7tCY

Subject: Re: 1935: The Year In Music

Written By: zcrito on 01/24/14 at 10:45 pm

I can't pass a topic called, "1935: The Year In Music" without adding something.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJH8BrCbXAo
In a Sentimental Mood -- Duke Ellington.

Subject: Re: 1935: The Year In Music

Written By: Paul on 02/07/14 at 5:23 am

Fred 'n Ginge hoofing it to an Irving Berlin song...how could it fail? It didn't!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2A4-C-MK-Po

Subject: Re: 1935: The Year In Music

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/26/15 at 7:51 am

"Gloomy Sunday", also known as the "Hungarian Suicide Song", is a song composed by Hungarian pianist and composer Rezső Seress and published in 1933. The original lyrics were titled Vége a világnak (The world is ending) and were about despair caused by war, ending in a quiet prayer about people's sins. Poet László Jávor wrote his own lyrics to the song, titled Szomorú vasárnap (Sad Sunday), in which the protagonist wants to commit suicide following his lover's death. The latter lyrics ended up becoming more popular while the former were essentially forgotten. The song was first recorded in Hungarian by Pál Kalmár in 1935. "Gloomy Sunday" was first recorded in English by Hal Kemp in 1936, with lyrics by Sam M. Lewis,and was recorded the same year by Paul Robeson, with lyrics by Desmond Carter. It became well-known throughout much of the English-speaking world after the release of a version by Billie Holiday in 1941. Lewis's lyrics referred to suicide, and the record label described it as the "Hungarian Suicide Song". There is a recurring urban legend which claims that many people have committed suicide while listening to this song.

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