Embraceable You (needs repair)


Embraceable You (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) was originally written in 1928 for an unpublished operetta named East is West. It was eventually published in 1930 and included in the Broadway musical Girl Crazy. where it was performed by Ginger Rogers in a song and dance routine choreographed by Fred Astaire. Billie Holiday’s 1944 recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2005. — Wikipedia

Girl Crazy opened 14 October 1930 at the Alvin Theatre where it ran for 272 performances until closing on 6 June 1931.

Wikipedia says:

[Girl Crazy]was directed by Alexander Leftwich, with choreography by George Hale and sets by Donald Oenslager. This musical made a star of Ginger Rogers, who, with Allen Kearns, sang “Could You Use Me?” and “Embraceable You” and, with Willie Howard, “But Not for Me”. Ethel Merman, in her Broadway debut[1][2] sang “I Got Rhythm”, “Sam and Delilah”, and “Boy! What Love Has Done To Me!” and “became an overnight sensation…”[3]

(above) Ginger Rogers and Allen Kearns, during the Broadway run of Girl Crazy

Above: Ethel Merman with chorus girls from Girl Crazy, 1930; and in an undated portrait

Original cast members of Girl Crazy Eunice Healy, Willie Kent, and Olive Brady

Wikipedia lists the following as notable recordings:

  • Nat King Cole
  • Jimmy Dorsey – May 1941 (Decca 3928)
  • Judy Garland – Girl Crazy, film (1943)[2]
  • Billie Holiday (1944) – 6:46
  • Frank Sinatra (1944)
  • Charlie Parker – “Cool Bird” (1947)
  • Ella Fitzgerald – “Sings the George & Ira Gershwin Songbook” (1959)
  • Ornette Coleman – “This Is Our Music” (1959)
  • Sarah Vaughan – “Sarah Vaughan & Clifford Brown” (1954)


Jam Session at Commodore, No. 2 – recorded 30 April 1938

Bobby Hackett – cornet
Jack “Jackson” Teagarden – trombone
Pee Wee Russell – clarinet
Bud Freeman – tenor sax
Eddie Condon – guitar
Jess Stacy – piano
Artie Shapiro – bass
George Wettling – drums


Judy Garland and chorus with Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra, Decca 1943


Nat King Cole Trio – 1944


Jazz at the Philharmonic – 18 September 1949

Roy Eldridge – trumpet
Tommy Turk – trombone
Charlie Parker – alto sax
Flip Phillips, Lester Young – tenor saxes
Hank Jones – piano
Ray Brown – bass
Buddy Rich – drums


Frank Sinatra – recorded 19 December 1944, arrangement: Axel Stordahl



Charlie Parker – recorded WOR Studios, NYC, 28 October, 1947 — Miles Davis (tp) Charlie Parker (as) Duke Jordan (p) Tommy Potter (b) Max Roach (d) – Charlie Parker On Dial, Vol. 4 (Spotlite (E) SPJ 104)



Duke Jordan Trio – from their self-titled 1954 album — Duke Jordan (piano), Gene Ramey (bass), Lee Abrams (drums). The second song is a Duke Jordan composition, Wait and See.


Billie Holiday – Session #83 Los Angeles 9 January 1957 — Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra (Verve) –Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison (tp) Ben Webster (ts) Jimmy Rowles (p) Barney Kessel (g) Red Mitchell (b) Larry Bunker (d) Billie Holiday (v)


Ella Fitzgerald – from Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Songbook, recorded January, March and July 1959


Nat King Cole – 1961


Marta Kubišová – 1964 – recorded as “Navěky,” with Czech text by Jiří Aplt


(below) Studio A na návštěvě v Rokoku, with dancing by Waldemar Matuška and Karel Štědrý



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