Nice Work If You Can Get It (song)

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"Nice Work If You Can Get It" is a popular song.

The music was written by George Gershwin, the lyrics by Ira Gershwin. It was one of nine songs George Gershwin wrote for the movie A Damsel in Distress, in which it was performed by Fred Astaire with backing vocals provided by The Stafford Sisters. The song was published in 1937.

Early chart versions were by Shep Fields, Teddy Wilson with Billie Holiday, Fred Astaire, Maxine Sullivan and The Andrews Sisters.[1]

In the 1951 film An American in Paris, the song is performed by Georges Guétary.

A version of this song was used during the opening credits of the 1995 to 1998 CBS sitcom Cybill, starring Cybill Shepherd, who performed the song herself.[2]

The song was included in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Crazy for You and lent its name to the musical Nice Work If You Can Get It.

Other notable recordings[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890–1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 558. ISBN 0-89820-083-0. 
  2. ^ Everett, Todd (July 26, 1995). "Cybill Shepherd". Variety. Retrieved May 10, 2018. 
  3. ^ "". Retrieved June 10, 2017. 
  4. ^ "". Retrieved June 10, 2017.