Love Is Here to Stay


Love Is Here to Stay (m. George Gershwin, w. Ira Gershwin), siting the book A Smattering of Ignorance by Oscar Levant, and Vernon Duke’s autobiography, Passport to Paris, says:

Written for The Goldwyn Follies, the last film scored by George Gershwin before his death on 11 July 1937. The number was given a low profile in the film. Introduced by Kenny Baker, it was according to, “almost relegated to background music with Baker’s performance partly covered by dialogue.” Nevertheless two recordings of the song were hits in 1938. In 1951 the song was revived by it’s thematic presence the MGM musical film An American in Paris, starring Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, and Oscar Levant. Vernon Duke was chosen by Ira to transcribe the music which George hadn’t written down though he had performed the song for friends. Oscar Levant remembered the harmonies Gershwin had played and was able to assist Duke in constructing the sheet music. indicates also that Love Is Here to Stay was the last song composed by George Gershwin.

From Wikipedia:

The song was the last composition George Gershwin completed. Ira Gershwin wrote the words after his brother’s death, giving the song a special poignancy” (uncited). assigns the song to 1938 (the only George Gershwin standard dated that year) suggesting that the lyrics may have been added shortly before the film’s release on 4 February 1938.


Kenny Baker – in The Goldwyn Follies (1938)


Barney Kessel Quintet

Recorded 1 July 1954 — Bob Cooper (ts, ob) Claude Williamson (p) Barney Kessel (g) Monty Budwig (b) Shelly Manne (d) — released on the 1955 LP Barney Kessel, Vol. 2: Kessel Plays Standards


Dinah Washington

Recorded NYC, 5 February 1954 — Clark Terry (tp) Eddie Chamblee (ts) Junior Mance (p) Jackie Davis (org) Mickey Baker (g) Keter Betts (b) Ed Thigpen (d) Dinah Washington(vo)


Carmen McRae – from the album By Special Request, 1955


Harry “Sweets” Edison and his Orchestra

Recorded in LA, 4 September 1956, Norman Granz, producer — Harry “Sweets” Edison (trumpet, arranger), Ben Webster (tenor saxophone), Jimmy Rowles (piano), Barney Kessel (guitar), Joe Mondragon (bass), Alvin Stoller (drums). Released on the album Sweets, 1956.


Jackie McLean Quartet – recorded: Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, 15 February 1957

Jackie McLean – Alto Sax
Mal Waldron – Piano
Arthur Phipps – Bass
Art Taylor – Drums


The Sharps – 1957


Ella Fitzgerald – from Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Songbook, released in 1959

From Wikipedia:

Riddle arranged 59 Gershwin compositions for the album, including the two orchestral suites which open the album. Though Fitzgerald was 20 years old at the time George Gershwin died in 1937, Ira Gershwin was still alive to see this project completed, and helped contribute lyrics and support to some songs on the album which had never been recorded before. It was this project that led Ira Gershwin to say that he had “never known how good our songs were until I heard Ella sing them.”


Dexter Gordon – from Gordon’s Our Man In Paris — recorded at CBS Studios, Paris France 23 May 1963. Originally released on Blue Note (4146) — Dexter Gordon (tenor saxophone); Bud Powell (piano); Pierre Michelot (bass); Kenny Clarke


Bill Evans Trio – from the album You’re Gonna Hear From Me, recorded at the Jazzhus Montmartre in Copenhagen, 24 November 1969 but not released until 1988 — Bill Evans – piano, Eddie Gomez – bass, Marty Morell – drums



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