The Man I Love

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Of Thee I Sing”, “The Man I Love”, and “I Got Rhythm” performed by George Gershwin and the NBC orchestra conducted by Louis Katzman, on the Music by Gershwin Radio Show, 2/19/34
participant(s): George Gershwin, Louis Katzman and orchestra
type: Radio
venue: NBC
media: Audio
George Gershwin
Ira Gershwin
related performer(s)
Nat King Cole
Lena Horne
Benny Goodman

Away from the lights

“The Man I Love” is that rare Gershwin brothers song that achieved fame away from the lights of Broadway. Not that there wasn’t a concerted effort to use the song in a show. It was written for the Fred and Adele Astaire vehicle Lady, Be Good! but cut in Philadelphia. In 1927, it was inserted into the score of Strike Up the Band (as “The Girl I Love”) but that show closed out of town. Its final stage appearance was in Rosalie (1928), where it was sung by Marilyn Miller, but again it was cut before the show reached Broadway. Lady Mountbatten introduced the song, by then published, to the haut monde in England and it soon conquered the continent, too. Finally, America woke up to the song and it became a hit in the States in the thirties.

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Music by Gershwin, 2/19/1934 (15 minutes, courtesy J. Fred MacDonald)
George Gershwin, Louis Katzman and orchestra
The 3 part PBS Series
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