But Not for Me (song)

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"But Not for Me" is a popular song, composed by George Gershwin, with lyrics by Ira Gershwin.

It was written for their musical Girl Crazy (1930) and introduced in the original production by Ginger Rogers. It is also in the 1992 musical based on Girl Crazy, Crazy for You.

In 1959 Ella Fitzgerald included a version of the song on her landmark album Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Songbook. The rendition won the 1960 Grammy Award for Best Female Vocal Performance.

Singer Ketty Lester remade "But Not for Me" with a gospel arrangement which reached #10 on the US Adult Contemporary chart, #41 the Billboard Top 40, and #45 in the UK in 1962.[1]

In 2012, it was performed by Kelli O'Hara (Billie Bendix) in Act 2, Scene 1 of Joe Pietro's Broadway musical Nice Work If You Can Get It, which featured the music of George and Ira Gershwin.

It also featured in Sedbergh Rose Theatre's 2012 performance of Farflung Mill by Sandra Gold Wood ably sung by Jenny Lamb and Kev Kendal

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See also[edit]

Azure McCall, recorded But Not For Me, her album, Body and Soul


  1. ^ Ketty Lester, "But Not For Me" Chart Positions Retrieved April 20, 2012.
  2. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". BING magazine. International Club Crosby. Retrieved September 9, 2017. 
  3. ^ "The Polly Bergen Show". Classic Television Archives. Retrieved January 9, 2011. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 226. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.