Porgy and Bess (Harry Belafonte and Lena Horne album)

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Porgy and Bess
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Studio album by Harry Belafonte, Lena Horne
Released 1959
Recorded February and March 1959 at RCA Victor Studio A, New York City
Genre Jazz vocal
Length 35:56
Label RCA Victor
Producer Bob Bollard, Fred Reynolds
Harry Belafonte chronology
Belafonte at Carnegie Hall
Porgy and Bess
My Lord What a Mornin'
Lena Horne chronology
Give the Lady What She Wants
Porgy and Bess
Songs by Burke and Van Heusen
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Review scores
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Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Porgy and Bess is an album by Harry Belafonte and Lena Horne, released by RCA Victor in 1959. It features songs from George Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess. Belafonte and Horne sing two songs together: "There's a Boat That's Leavin' Soon for New York" and "Bess, You Is My Woman Now".[1] The album was re-issued on a 2-CD set in 2003 together with Jamaica by BMG Collectables in Stereo.

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by George Gershwin, lyricists indicated.

  1. "A Woman is a Sometime Thing" (DuBose Heyward) – 2:40
  2. "Summertime" (Heyward) – 3:11
  3. "Oh I Got Plenty of Nothing" (Ira Gershwin, Heyward) – 3:00
  4. "I Wants You to Stay Here" (I. Gershwin, Heyward) – 3:30
  5. "Bess, You Is My Woman Now" (I. Gershwin, Heyward) – 5:57
  6. "It Ain't Necessarily So" (I. Gershwin) – 3:03
  7. "Street Calls": "Strawberry Woman" / "The Honey Man" / "Crab Man" (Heyward) – 4:17
  8. "My Man's Gone Now" – 4:05
  9. "Bess, Oh Where's My Bess" (I. Gershwin) – 3:36
  10. "There's a Boat That's Leavin' Soon for New York" – 2:37


Production notes:

  • Bob Bollard – producer
  • Fred Reynolds – producer
  • Lennie Haytonarrangements, musical director
  • Robert Corman – arrangements, musical director
  • Ernest Oelrich – engineer
  • Murray Laden – cover photo


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