S' Wonderful: The Music of George Gershwin

S' Wonderful: The Music of George Gershwin

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Overview

Released in 1992, Pearl Flapper's S' Wonderful: The Music of George Gershwin is similar to this label's Rodgers & Hart collection; the two albums were issued concurrently. What's different about the Gershwin package is the predominance of one artist -- Fred Astaire -- who is heard in seven different performances, and the inclusion of one definitive jazz instrumental: "I Got Rhythm" as performed by Afro-American drummer and bandleader Chick Webb with a small group billed as his Little Chicks. Given the enormously important role that "I Got Rhythm" played in the development of jazz during the 1930s (a vast number of "original" swing tunes were based upon this melody's chord progressions), Webb's spirited rendition assumes enormous importance and relevance here. Still and all, this is mainly a pop vocal retrospective that focuses upon stars of stage and screen. In addition to Fred Astaire and his sister Adele, participants include Al Jolson, Bing Crosby, Gertrude Lawrence, Dorothy Dickson, Lawrence Tibbett, Anne Jamison, Buddy Lee & the Gilt-Edged Four, Cliff Edwards as Ukelele Ike, and Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra. George Gershwin's melodies have been utilized in the realization of some of humanity's finest moments. This collection is a nice way to get to know a few of them, or bring them back up out of the veils of memory.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/18/1993
Label: Pearl
UPC: 0727031977728
catalogNumber: 9777

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lawrence Tibbett   Vocals,Track Performer
Fred Astaire   Vocals,Track Performer
Bing Crosby   Vocals,Track Performer
Jolson   Vocals,Track Performer
Paul Whiteman   Conductor
Ray Noble   Conductor
Chick Webb   Conductor,Track Performer
Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards   Vocals,Track Performer
Gertrude Lawrence   Vocals,Track Performer
Johnny Green   Conductor
Art Wood   Conductor
Victor Young   Conductor,Ensemble
Paul Whiteman Orchestra   Ensemble,Track Performer
Ray Noble & His Orchestra   Ensemble,Track Performer
Johnny Green & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Victor Young & His Orchestra   Ensemble,Track Performer
His Majesty's Theatre Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
G. Myddleton   Piano
Alexander Smallens   Conductor
Buddy Lee   Vocals
Adele Astaire   Vocals,Track Performer
Anne Jamison   Vocals,Track Performer
Allen Kearns   Vocals,Track Performer
Estele Astaire   Track Performer
Julia Jones   Conductor
Arthur Wood   Conductor
Julian Jones   Conductor
Jack Clarke   Piano
Dorothy Dickson   Vocals
Bernard Clifton   Vocals
Harold French   Vocals
Her Majesty's Theatre Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
George Myddleton   Piano

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Colin Brown   Producer
Irving Caesar   Composer,Lyricist
Buddy DeSylva   Composer,Lyricist
Ira Gershwin   Composer,Lyricist
Ballard MacDonald   Composer,Lyricist
Ray Noble & His Orchestra   Contributor
Johnny Green & His Orchestra   Contributor
Victor Young & His Orchestra   Contributor
Tony Watts   Producer,Liner Notes
Guy Wood   Composer

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