'S Wonderful

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For the 1956 album by Ray Conniff, see 'S Wonderful (album).
"'S Wonderful"
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Published 1927
Language English
Form Jazz standard
Original artist Adele Astaire and Allen Kearns (1927)
Recorded by Bing Crosby, Julie London, Helen Merrill, Ella Fitzgerald, Susannah McCorkle, Rita Reys, Skylab, Rod Stewart, Brian Wilson

"'S Wonderful" is a popular song composed by George Gershwin, with lyrics written by Ira Gershwin. It was introduced in the Broadway musical Funny Face (1927) by Adele Astaire and Allen Kearns.[1]

The song is considered a standard and has been recorded by many artists, especially jazz artists. In 1928, Adele Astaire, who introduced the song on stage the previous year, recorded one of the earliest versions with Bernard Clifton. Other vocal versions include those of Brian Wilson, Anita O'Day, Gene Kelly, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Joe Williams, John Pizzarelli, Sarah Vaughan, Karrin Allyson, Diana Krall, João Gilberto and Engelbert Humperdinck. There have also been purely instrumental recordings, for example, by Dave Grusin, Ray Conniff, Lee Konitz and Lennie Tristano, Sonny Stitt, and Lionel Hampton with Oscar Peterson.

The song was included in the 1951 movie An American in Paris, where it was sung by Gene Kelly and Georges Guétary, as well as in the 1957 American musical film Funny Face, in which it was performed by Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire. Doris Day also sang it in Starlift (1951) and Dean Martin sang it during the opening credits of the 1964 film Kiss Me, Stupid.

Megan Washington's version was also used for an Australian TV advertisement for promoting Virgin Australia in 2012.

Notable recordings[edit]

  • Cauby Peixoto -Part of the song was used in the music "Entao Ta"
  • Kat EdmonsonWay Down Low (2013)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Billman, Larry (1997). Fred Astaire – A Bio-bibliography. Connecticut: Greenwood Press. p. 62. ISBN 0-313-29010-5. 

See also[edit]