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Six of the best: versions of ‘Summertime’

To celebrate the birthday of George Gershwin (born 1898), Neil McKim selects six of the finest recordings of his famous song

Fri, 2014-09-26 12:32

By Neil McKim

‘Summertime, and the livin’ is easy...’ These iconic words form the first line to one of the most memorable songs of the 20th century. ‘Summertime’, originally from the folk opera Porgy and Bess (1935), has been performed by thousands of musicians. That's not bad for a piece of music that was part of an initially slow box-office run. As it is George Gershwin’s birthday, here are six of the finest recorded versions of this iconic song. It was one of the centrepieces of the first (and only) opera he composed before his untimely death at the age of 38. And it’s certainly no ‘easy’ task deciding which to include but here’s a handful of the best...

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