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.

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  1. ^ Ketty Lester, "But Not For Me" Chart Positions Retrieved April 20, 2012.
  2. ^ "The Polly Bergen Show". Classic Television Archives. Retrieved January 9, 2011. 
  3. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". BING magazine. International Club Crosby. Retrieved September 9, 2017. 
  4. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". BING magazine. International Club Crosby. Retrieved November 29, 2017. 
  5. ^ "allmusic.com". allmusic.com. Retrieved November 29, 2017. 
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 226. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.