The Man I Love, first 8 bars, tenor saxophone
The Man I Love" is a popular standard with music by George Gershwin and lyrics by his brother Ira. Part of the 1924 score for the Gershwin musical comedy , the song was deleted from that show and put into the Gershwins' 1927 government satire Lady, Be Good (where it appears as "The Man I Love" and "The Girl I Love"), which closed out-of-town. It was considered for, then rejected from, the 1928 Ziegfeld hit Strike Up the Band . Rosalie
The song was used as the title of, and was prominently featured in, the 1947 film noir melodrama
, starring The Man I Love Ida Lupino and Bruce Bennett.
Like many songs from George and Ira Gershwin, "The Man I Love" is considered part of the
Great American Songbook. Composed in AABA form, it was covered on stage and on record by many artists.  An early notable performance was by the  Benny Goodman Quartet at the Goodman band's 1938 Carnegie Hall Concert (with Benny Goodman on clarinet; Gene Krupa on drums, Teddy Wilson on piano, and Lionel Hampton on vibraphone) - famed not only as part of that historic jazz concert but for being done by one of the first integrated groups of black and white musicians to perform in concert in the United States.
In 1994 the song was recorded by
Kate Bush for Larry Adler's tribute album; released as a single on 18 July 1994, The Glory of Gershwin  it reached number 27 on the  UK Singles Chart.
Further reading [ edit ]
Ira Gershwin: The Art of the Lyricist Oxford University Press: Oxford 1996, ISBN 0-19-508299-0 Ira Gershwin,
Lyrics on Several Occasions Limelight Editions: New York City 1973.
Ted Gioia, The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire Oxford University Press: Oxford 2012, ISBN 978-0199937394 Alec Wilder, American Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900-1950 Oxford University Press: Oxford 1972, ISBN 0-19-501445-6
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
Library of Congress. Copyright Office. (1924). . United States Copyright Office. U.S. Govt. Print. Off. Catalog of Copyright Entries, 1924 Musical Compositions New Series Vol 19 Part 3
"Jazz Standards". jazzstandards.com . Retrieved . February 25, 2018
Sullivan, Steve (2017). Encyclopedia of great popular song recordings, Volumes 3 and 4. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield. p. 171. ISBN . 978-1-4422-5449-7
"Cafe Songbook" . Retrieved . October 18, 2021
 "“Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert', Benny Goodman, (1938), Stan Ayeroff, 2003, Library of Congress
"Single Releases". . 16 July 1994. p. 23. Music Week
Hermes, Will (5 March 2019). "See Kate Bush's Elegant 'Man I Love' Video". Rollingstone.com . Retrieved . 19 October 2021
"the man i love | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com . Retrieved . 19 October 2021
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