The Man I Love (song)

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"The Man I Love"
The Man I Love.jpg
PublishedDecember 1, 1924 (1924-12-01) Harms, Inc.[1]
Composer(s)George Gershwin
Lyricist(s)Ira Gershwin
The Man I Love, first 8 bars, tenor saxophone

"The Man I Love" is a popular standard in AABA form[2] with music by George Gershwin and lyrics by his brother Ira. Part of the 1924 score for the Gershwin musical comedy Lady, Be Good, the song was deleted from that show and put into the Gershwins' 1927 government satire Strike Up the Band (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 Rosalie.[3]


"The Man I Love"
Single by Kate Bush
from the album The Glory of Gershwin
B-side"Rhapsody in Blue (edit)"
Released18 July 1994
GenreOrchestral pop
LabelMercury Records
Songwriter(s)George and Ira Gershwin
Producer(s)George Martin
Kate Bush singles chronology
"The Red Shoes"
"The Man I Love"
"And So Is Love"

Like many songs from George and Ira Gershwin, "The Man I Love" is considered part of the Great American Songbook and was covered on stage and on record by many artists.[4] It was recorded by Kate Bush in 1994 for Larry Adler's The Glory of Gershwin tribute album and released as a single[5] which reached the 27th position on the British charts.[6]

Further reading[edit]

  • Philip Furia, 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]


  1. ^ Library of Congress. Copyright Office. (1924). Catalog of Copyright Entries, 1924 Musical Compositions New Series Vol 19 Part 3. United States Copyright Office. U.S. Govt. Print. Off.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "Jazz Standards". Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  4. ^ "Cafe Songbook". Retrieved October 18, 2021.
  5. ^ Hermes, Will (5 March 2019). "See Kate Bush's Elegant 'Man I Love' Video". Retrieved 19 October 2021.
  6. ^ "the man i love | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 19 October 2021.

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