I Loves You Porgy (George Gershwin)

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I Loves You, Porgy is a duet from the opera Porgy and Bess with music by George Gershwin and lyrics by Ira Gershwin. It was published in 1935.

Originally duetted by Anne Brown and Todd Duncan in the 1935 production and in the 1942 revival of the opera, “I Loves You, Porgy” has been recorded as a solo number by a number of popular vocalists and jazz musicians, most notably Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, and Bill Evans. Nina Simone’s recording of the song (from Little Girl Blue, 1958) was a Top 20 pop hit in the United States in the autumn of 1959. Simone’s version went to number eighteen on the Hot 100 and number two on the R&B charts.

A live version is featured in her 1964 album Nina Simone in Concert. Bill Evans’s piano trio version recorded at the Village Vanguard in 1961, available on the CD re-issue of the album Waltz for Debby, is also acclaimed.

Barbra Streisand recorded “I Loves You, Porgy” as a medley with “Bess, You Is My Woman Now” (sung as “Porgy, I’s Your Woman Now”) on her The Broadway Album, Columbia Records, 1985. Whitney Houston sang “I Loves You, Porgy” at the beginning of a medley at the 1994 American Music Awards. Christina Aguilera covered the song at the Grammy Nomination Concert in December 2008.

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