The Original Great American Songbook

The Original Great American Songbook




The idea behind The Original Great American Songbook is a simple one: to collect great American singers doing the greatest songs from some of America's greatest pop and jazz composers, and the end result is a disc that should go up into space in a time capsule. Highlights are constant, but include Billie Holiday's version of Dizzy Gillespie's "You Go to My Head," Jeri Southern doing Cole Porter's "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye," and Shirley Horn's 1993 take on Hoagy Carmichael's "Georgia on My Mind." Dinah Washington does a pair of Cole Porter standards, "I Get a Kick Out of You" and "Stardust," while Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong duet on two songs, the Gershwins' "They Can't Take That Away from Me" and Carmichael's "The Nearness of You." That they don't write 'em like this anymore is obvious, since all of these gems were written in an age when melody determined rhythm; they don't sing 'em like this anymore, either, since melismatic ornamentation had yet to become its own elaborate art form.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/07/2003
Label: Utv Records
UPC: 0602498608500
catalogNumber: 000118202

Album Credits

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Frankie Laine   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Erroll Garner   Composer
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
John Scofield   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Ray Noble   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Alan Brandt   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Will Hudson   Composer
Isham Jones   Composer
Irving Kahal   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Stuart Gorrell   Composer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Carl Fischer   Composer
Mathieu Bitton   Art Direction
Harry Link   Composer
Jack Strachey   Composer
Bob Haymes   Composer
Holt Marvell   Composer

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