Locations included Bergdorf Goodman department store, Central Park, Guggenheim Museum and Burbank Studios. With the exception of Gertrude Lawrence, few musical comedy performers of the day could have played a character with such a variety of traits and personas. ), it was decided to put the newly slowed down version of the music aside "until the proper stage occasion arose for it" (p. 111, paperback Ed.). album: Frank (B-Sides), Notes: 2008 limited deluxe two CD edition of Winehouse's 2003 first album, Frank. "Someone to Watch Over Me," "I Loves You Porgy," "I Got it Bad and That Ain't Good" (which was nominated for a Grammy for best jazz solo). ), Philip Furia 4 on which Peterson begins with a forceful up-tempo treatment, perhaps reminiscent of Gershwin's original "Scherzando" intent, then slows it down to ballad tempo (more like Gertrude Lawrence and subsequent singers have used), moving up and back between these two speeds as the fancy takes him. "Someone to Watch Over Me" was introduced in the first preview of the musical Oh, Kay!  It was primarily written by Franklin by late 1982 with Scott years later bringing in Danilo Bach and David Seltzer to refine it. " Vincent Canby of The New York Times wrote, "Nothing that happens to these three characters is moving or even exciting. background-color: #FBECD5; Actors: Andreas Katsulas, Daniel Hugh Kelly, James E. 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Gershwin The stand-out track on the recording is definitely 'Someone to Watch Over Me' which Blossom approaches as if she is writing the very words into her diary or whispering them into a prayer locket." To keep the movie going until its absurd ending, the character of the murderer is changed, midstream, from an ordinary, run-of-the-mill New York mobster into a crazed psychotic. album: Pure Ella, Notes: Two notable recordings by Ella of "Someone to Watch Over Me": The slightly lesser known is the earlier 1950 recording for Decca originally appearing on the album Ella Sings Gershwin, recorded in New York City, September 11-12, 1950 and March 29-30, 1954. In both New York and London, Oh, Kay! The recording on the YouTube Video above is from the original 1926 Oh, Kay! album: title, Notes: album consists of mostly solo recordings made in 1949. He is, of course, exactly correct about "the ballad quality associated with the song" ever since. Deena Rosenberg video before starting another. As Philip Furia points out, Guy Bolton felt his and Wodehouse's book for the show, after much doctoring, had managed to "capture the rhythm of the era." They then decided to retain the slower version but put it aside until they discovered the right place in the show to use it. ), 1945 background-color: #FBECD5; } background-color: #FBECD5; Oxford University Press, 2012. Gershwin scholar Michael Feinstein, writes that there is a photograph of Lawrence with the rag doll in which she appears "impossibly coy," yet Ira described her performance to him as "pure magic," and "by all accounts mesmerizing" (Feinstein, p. 185). " Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune gave the film one-and-a-half stars out of four and called it a "dull thriller" in which the two main characters "are both stiffs as individuals and as a couple. Wilmington, Michael (October 9, 1987). background-color: #FBECD5; Ted Gioia writes that Tatum's '49 recording transforms "Someone to Watch Over Me" "into a virtuoso piano rhapsody." Ira Gershwin: Click here to read lyrics for "Someone To Watch Over Me" as sung by Ella Fitzgerald on her album The George and Ira Gershwin Songbook, original 1959 version on which Ella sings the He recollects, "This doll was a strange looking object I found in a Philadelphia toy store and gave to Miss Lawrence with the suggestion that she use it in the number. including "Someone to Watch Over Me," for which he claims to have created the title. , Someone to Watch Over Me was released in the United States on October 9, 1987, and in the Philippines on February 11, 1988. That Gertrude Lawrence sang the song "scherzando" on stage, despite what Wilder may have remembered hearing, was not the case. She was not the generic flapper of earlier Gershwin shows but a multi-faceted figure, one who came from wealth but was streetwise, one whose personas in the show included an "urbanely flippant" society lady, a housemaid with a brash Cockney accent, and an innocent, vulnerable and naive young woman. Barbra Streisand "Kiss And Yell". } For further information on Cafe Songbook policies with regard to the above matters, see our "About Cafe Songbook" page (link at top and bottom of every page). Catalog of The Great American Songbook: In his autobiography, Dancing in the Dark, lyricist Howard Dietz narrates how he came to work on several of the songs from Oh, Kay! Many have noted how he has managed to carry with him his country sound both in instrumentation and voice without violating the music he applies them to, which is a tribute both to him and to the songs. } Disclaimer: This site does not store any files on its server. "Someone to Watch Over Me" was introduced in the first preview of the musical Oh, Kay! The story was typical for Twenties shows that featured complicated plots tossing together the rich and famous with the hoi polloi. On the album she is accompanied either by Jimmy Jones on piano or by the Hal Mooney Orchestra. verse, she is backed by Hal Mooney and his studio orchestra, recorded March 20, 1957 for EmArcy Records (an affiliate of Mercury Records) in New York City for the two volume album Sarah Vaughan Sings George Gershwin, which here is a 2 CD set that includes the original 2 volumes on vinyl. So while they were awaiting the snail-mail delivery of the book from Wodehouse and Bolton, George came up with a melody that was, as Ira tells it , "fast and jazzy," a rhythm tune that would most likely, had it been left alone, have turned out to be a "dance-and-ensemble number" to be used somewhere in the show. Movie: Someone To Watch Over Me (1987) info with movie soundtracks, credited songs, film score albums, reviews, news, and more. video before starting another. New York: Quadrangle, 1974. "Someone to Watch Over Me" Apparently, according to Ira Gershwin's recollection, the melody for "Someone to Watch Over Me" was written before the Gershwin brothers had a clear idea of where it would be used in Oh, Kay! George Gershwin biographer Edward Jablonski in recounting Dietz' role in contributing to Oh, Kay! integratedinto a plot. Julie Andrews performing "Someone To Watch Over Me" album 1 (1939): Lee Wiley Sings the Songs of George and Ira Gershwin and Cole Porter. recorded in New York City, September 11-12, 1950 and March 29-30, 1954. includes the original 2 volumes on vinyl. production on Broadway. " Variety called the film "a stylish and romantic police thriller which manages, through the sleek direction of Ridley Scott and persuasive ensemble performances, to triumph over several hard-to-swallow plot developments. In all these venues Lawrence appeared in the title role. of California Press as Ella's original Gershwin Songbook version. This stands in contrast to Linda Ronstadt who leaves her previous genres behind and becomes, with her Nelson Riddle arrangements, a completely convincing, high quality Songbook performer.