I Loves You, Porgy

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"I Loves You, Porgy"
Released1935, 1942
GenreOpera, Jazz
Songwriter(s)Ira Gershwin, George Gershwin
Producer(s)George Gershwin

"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 a duet 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 Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the R&B charts.[1] 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.

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  2. ^ "Live: Her Greatest Performances - Whitney Houston - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic".
  3. ^ Jon Bream, "Lil’ Wayne, Coldplay grab the most Grammy nods", Star Tribune, December 3, 2008.
  4. ^ "Best pop-tart makeover", LA Times.
  5. ^ Sarah Rodman, "Lil Wayne tops Grammy nods amid a British invasion", The Boston Globe, December 4, 2008.