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I Love a Piano is a popular song with words and music by Irving Berlin. It was copyrighted on December 9, 1920 and introduced in the Broadway musical revue Stop! Look! Listen! when it was performed by Harry Fox and the ensemble.[1] The song was given a tremendous boost in the show as the set for it consisted of an enormous keyboard running completely across the stage. In front of this were six pianos with six pianists playing the tune. Irving Berlin always regarded the song as one of his best efforts.[2]

Notable recordingsEdit

It was recorded for Victor Records (catalog No. 17945) by Billy Murray on January 5, 1916[3] and this enjoyed great success.[4]

The top British recording was by Ethel Levey on the HMV label on 13 April 1916.

"I Love a Piano" was one of the songs featured in the film Easter Parade, as sung by Judy Garland.

Joe Bushkin for his album I Love a Piano (1950).[5]

Benny Fields & Blossom Seeley - included in the album Two-a-Day at the Palace (1957) [6]

Burl Ives - included in his album Burl Ives Sings Irving Berlin (1960).[7]

Andre Previn - for his album Like Love (1960).[8]

Liberace - for his album The Love Album (1967).[9]

Barbara Cook - for her album It's Better with a Band (1981).[10]

Michael Feinstein - from his album Live at the Algonquin (1986).[11]

Tony Bennett - for MTV Unplugged (1994)

Betty Johnson - included in the compilation album Love Walked In (1999).[12]

Gerard Kenny - Gerard Kenny in Concert (2007).[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Internet Broadway Database". ibdb.com. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  2. ^ Bergreen, Laurence (1990). As Thousands Cheer: The Life of Irving Berlin. New York: Viking Penguin Inc. p. 131. ISBN 0-340-53486-9.
  3. ^ "The Online Discographical Project". 78discography.com. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 331. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
  5. ^ "allmusic.com". allmusic.com. Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  6. ^ "Discogs.com". Discogs.com. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  7. ^ "Discogs.com". Discogs.com. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  8. ^ "Discogs.com". Discogs.com. Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  9. ^ "Discogs.com". Discogs.com. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  10. ^ "Discogs.com". Discogs.com. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  11. ^ "Discogs.com". Discogs.com. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  12. ^ "Discogs.com". Discogs.com. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  13. ^ "Discogs.com". Discogs.com. Retrieved January 20, 2018.