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BEN BAGLEY’S IRA GERSHWIN REVISITED
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Music by George Gershwin, Vernon Duke, Burton Lane, Arthur Schwartz, Harry Warren, Kurt Weill
Ira Gershwin Revisited was one of the most fun of the Ben Bagley Revisited series. He assembled a great cast and Dick Hyman provided really wonderful arrangements.
Aside from the many classics written with brother George, after George’s sad and untimely death at the age of thirty-eight, Ira went on to collaborate with some other great composers, with much success, including Vernon Duke, Burton Lane, Arthur Schwartz, Harry Warren, and Kurt Weill. Ira’s facility for wordplay and rhyme is absolute genius – his turns of phrases, his titles, the ability to put a smile on your face or bring tears to your eyes or make you laugh out loud was, in a word, dazzling.
For Bagley’s Revisited series, the songs were not the hits, but the lesser known works and sometimes completely unknown works. Ira Gershwin Revisited is loaded with gems. There are several wonderful songs from the 1953 MGM musical film Give a Girl a Break, which starred Debbie Reynolds, Marge and Gower Champion, a young Bob Fosse, and an uncredited George Chakiris. There are songs from George White’s Scandals, The Barkleys of Broadway, A Dangerous Maid, Treasure Hunt, Ziegfeld Follies, The Firebrand of Florence, Where Do We Go from Here, and Park Avenue.
This thoroughly delightful album is loaded with sparkling performances by Blossom Dearie, Mary McCarty, Danny Meehan, Charles Rydell, Ethel Shutta, and Margaret Whiting. For the original CD release, Bagley added a few songs, and those are sung by Dody Goodman, Paula Lawrence, KT Sullivan, and Arthur Siegel. Honestly, who could ask for anything more? -KRITZERLAND
1. Give a Girl a Break Ethel Shutta and Company
2. It Happens Every Time Charles Rydell
3. Sunny Disposish Blossom Dearie
4. In Our United State Margaret Whiting and Danny Meehan
5. On My Mind the Whole Night Long Mary McCarty
6. You’d Be Hard to Replace Blossom Dearie
7. Shoes With Wings On Danny Meehan and Chorus
8. Applause Charles Rydell and Company
9. Boy Wanted Margaret Whiting and Mary McCarty
10. I Don’t Think I’ll Fall in Love Today Blossom Dearie and Charles Rydell
11. He Hasn’t a Thing Except Me Ethel Shutta
12. A Rhyme for Angela Charles Rydell
13. If Love Remains Margaret Whiting
14. Swing Trot Danny Meehan, Blossom Dearie, and Company
15. Don’t Be a Woman If You Can Dody Goodman, Paula Lawrence, KT Sullivan
16. For the Life of Me Arthur Siegel and KT Sullivan
17. My Son-in-Law Paula Lawrence and Robert Marks
18. Where’s the Boy? KT Sullivan
19. Treasure Girl Medley Paula Lawrence, Arthur Siegel, KT Sullivan
All lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Musical Direction and Arrangements by Dick Hyman
Tracks 16, 18, 19 Musical Arrangements by Arthur Siegel
Tracks 15, 17 Musical Arrangements by Robert Marks