Someone to Watch Over Me (song)

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"Someone to Watch Over Me"
Song
Language English
Published 1926
Genre Jazz
Songwriter(s) Ira Gershwin
Composer(s) George Gershwin

"Someone to Watch Over Me" is a song composed by George Gershwin with lyrics by Ira Gershwin from the musical Oh, Kay! (1926), where it was introduced by Gertrude Lawrence. Gershwin originally approached the song as an uptempo jazz tune, but his brother Ira suggested that it might work much better as a ballad, and George ultimately agreed. It has been performed by many artists since its debut and is a jazz standard as well as a key work in the Great American Songbook. It is also referenced in the Frank McGuinness play Someone Who'll Watch Over Me.

Popular recordings in 1927 were by Gertrude Lawrence, George Gershwin (a piano solo) and by George Olsen & His Orchestra (vocals by Fran Frey, Bob Borger and Bob Rice).[1]

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  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 582. ISBN 0-89820-083-0. 
  2. ^ "Susan Boyle Someone To Watch Over Me Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2 December 2017. 
  3. ^ "Ella Fitzgerald Someone To Watch Over Me Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2 December 2017.