Someone to Watch Over Me (song)
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"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.
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In chronological order:
- Gertrude Lawrence - rec. October 29, 1926 - released as Victor 20331, matrix 36654-3
- George Olsen - rec. November 12, 1926 - released as Victor 20392, matrix BVE-36926
- George Gershwin - rec. November 12, 1926 - released as Columbia 812-D, matrix W 142925-3
- Hamilton Sisters and Fordyce (Three X Sisters) - rec. 1927, England
- Gertrude Lawrence - rec. October 25, 1927 - released as Columbia 4618, matrix WA 6326
- Lee Wiley - rec. November 15, 1939 - with Fats Waller on pipe organ, from Lee Wiley Sings the Songs of George and Ira Gershwin
- Margaret Whiting - rec. 1944 (on compilation A Time to Remember - 1944, c. 2005)
- Judy Garland - 1944
- Lee Wiley - rec. December 14, 1944 - released as Decca 23422, matrix 72630, with Eddie Condon and his orchestra
- Artie Shaw - rec. July 17th, 1945 - Instrumental
- Frank Sinatra - The Voice of Frank Sinatra (1946); Young at Heart (1954); Live at the Meadowlands (1986, released 2009)
- Art Tatum - rec. April 2 and July 13, 1949; Encores (1951); The Genius of Art Tatum # 7 (1955); Gene Norman Presents an Art Tatum Concert (1957)
- Ella Fitzgerald - Ella Sings Gershwin (1950); Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Songbook (1959); Nice Work If You Can Get It (1983)
- Chet Baker - Grey December (1953)
- Al Haig - Al Haig Quartet (1954)
- Ted Heath - Gershwin for Moderns (1955)
- Joni James - MGM X1211 Extended Play single (1956)
- Ray Conniff - Marvelous (1957)
- Sarah Vaughan - Sarah Vaughan Sings George Gershwin (1958), Gershwin Live! (1982)
- Lee Konitz - Lee Konitz Meets Jimmy Giuffre (1959)
- Keely Smith - Swinging Pretty (1959)
- Gene Ammons - Nice an' Cool (1961)
- Blossom Dearie - My Gentleman Friend (1961)
- Etta James - Etta James Sings for Lovers (1962)
- The Precisions - [a single] (1962) released as Golden Crest Records CR-571
- Rosemary Clooney - Love (1963)
- Barbra Streisand - My Name Is Barbra (1965)
- Johnny Hodges with the Lawrence Welk Orchestra (1966)
- Oscar Peterson - My Favorite Instrument (1968)
- Mary Hopkin - Postcard (1969)
- Frances Gershwin - For George and Ira (1973)
- Willie Nelson - Stardust (1978)
- Helen Merrill - Chasin the Bird (1979)
- Nikka Costa - (1981)
- Melissa Manchester - Hey Ricky (1982)
- Linda Ronstadt - What's New (1983)
- Sting - Someone to Watch Over Me O.S.T. (1987, released only in Japan on At the Movies (1999))
- Roberta Flack - Someone to Watch Over Me O.S.T. (1987), played over the end credits and remains unreleased
- Paul Motian - On Broadway, Vol. 1 (1989)
- Maria del Mar Bonet - Ben a prop (as "En algun lloc del meu cor") (1989)
- Toots Thielemans with Shirley Horn - For My Lady (1991)
- Jodi Benson - Crazy for You (Original Broadway Cast Recording, 1992)
- Michael Ball - Always (1993)
- Chick Corea - Expressions (1993)
- Sheena Easton - No Strings (1993)
- Elton John - The Glory of Gershwin (1994)
- Dennis DeYoung - 10 on Broadway (1994)
- Dusty Springfield recorded a truncated version for a PPP Healthcare commercial. It was the final recording of her career. (1995)
- Stéphane Grappelli - Crazy Rhythm (1996)
- Keith Jarrett - The Melody at Night, With You (1998)
- Susannah McCorkle - Someone to Watch Over Me — Songs of George Gershwin (1998)
- Sinéad O'Connor- Red Hot + Rhapsody (1998)
- Regine Velasquez & Robert Arevalo - Pangako Ikaw Lang Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2001)
- Caroline Henderson - Don't Explain (2003)
- Rod Stewart - As Time Goes By: The Great American Songbook 2(2003)
- Chris Botti - When I Fall in Love (2004)
- Chelsea Krombach - Profile (2004)
- Brad Mehldau - Live in Tokyo (2004)
- Renee Olstead - Renee Olstead (2004)
- Sue Raney - Sue Raney Volume II (2004)
- Lea Salonga - The Broadway Concert (2004)
- The Conglomerate - Go to the Beach (2005)
- Gladys Knight - Before Me (2006)
- Lena Horne - A New Album (2007)
- Gary Tole and Legends of Swing - One Kettle for Count (2007)
- Art Garfunkel - Some Enchanted Evening (2007)
- Deni Hines - The Other Woman (2007)
- Amy Winehouse - Frank (Deluxe Edition) (2008)
- Asher Book and Kay Panabaker - Fame (2009)
- Cœur de pirate & Benoît Charest - Nos stars célèbrent le jazz a Montréal" (2009)
- Kim Burrell - No Ways Tired (2009)
- The Hot Club of Cowtown - Wishful Thinking (2009)
- Brian Wilson - Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin (2010)
- Alfie Boe - Alfie (2010)
- Sarah Caroline Billings - IU Theater Circle Gala (2011)
- Susan Boyle - Someone to Watch Over Me (2011)
- Ayaka Hirahara - "Wakare no Kyoku"/"Someone to Watch Over Me" (2011)
- Rachael MacFarlane - Hayley Sings (2012)
- Rachael Leahcar - The Voice (Australia) (2012)
- Clare Teal & Grant Windsor - And So It Goes (2013)
- Angie Miller - Season 12 of American Idol (2013)
- Jac Stone - The Voice (Australia series 2) (2013)
- Natalie Daradich - Crazy for You (2014 Stratford Festival Cast)
Sung in the movies
Marge Champion performs the song in the movie Three for the Show in 1955.
The 1983 movie Deal of the Century opens with a promotional video for a military plane featuring "Someone to Watch Over Me", sung by Nikka Costa.
The 1987 movie Someone To Watch Over Me, directed by Ridley Scott, takes its title from this song. The soundtrack features three versions of "Someone to Watch Over Me", two of which were new renditions by Sting and Roberta Flack. The third version used was the 1961 recording by Gene Ammons. A soundtrack album was never issued and so the Roberta Flack performance (produced by Michael Kamen) remains unreleased. Sting included his version as a b-side for the "Englishman in New York" single, and on the compilation At The Movies, released in 1999.
Another 1987 film, Beyond Therapy, used the tune, sung by Yves Montand, in its opening sequence.
This song was made famous to another generation in the 1995 American movie Mr. Holland's Opus. Jean Louisa Kelly played the part of Rowena, who sang "Someone to Watch Over Me" in this movie; however, a different version of the song sung by Julia Fordham was included on the movie soundtrack.
In 2001, the song was included in the original movie soundtrack of a Filipino movie entitled Pangako Ikaw Lang which stars Regine Velasquez and Aga Muhlach. The song was sung by Velasquez' character and her father, played by veteran actor Robert Arevalo, in a certain movie sequence.
Asher Book also sings it in the 2009 remake of Fame.
- Sullivan, Steve (2017). Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 191. ISBN 9781442254497. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
- on YouTube
- Jazzdisco.org: Gene Ammons
- IMDB Soundtracks for Someone to Watch Over Me
- on YouTube
- "When I Fall In Love overview". Allmusic.com.
- "Everyone is Falling for Chris Botti". SmoothJazzNews.com.
- Before Me - Gladys Knight at AllMusic. Retrieved May 2, 2012.
- Beyond Therapy (1987) - IMDb
It's really sad that this version of someone to watch over me by Roberta Flack was never released. She performed the song beautifully and better than any version I 've head over the years. We are deprived of such beautiful vocals and arrangement that God wo probably consider it a sin by depriving the world of this magnificent art. Please, someone release this version. Thank you.