I Loves You, Porgy

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"I Loves You, Porgy" is a duet from the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess with music by George Gershwin and lyrics by Ira Gershwin.[1] It was performed in the opera's premiere in 1935,[2] and on Broadway the same year by Anne Brown and Todd Duncan.[1] They recorded the song on volume 2 of the album Selections from George Gershwin's Folk Opera Porgy and Bess in 1942.[3]

I Loves You, Porgy
Duet from Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin
GenreOpera, jazz
LibrettoIra Gershwin, DuBose Heyward
DateSeptember 30, 1935
LocationColonial Theatre (Boston)

Nina Simone's recording of the song (from her first album, Little Girl Blue, 1958[4]) went to number eighteen on the Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the R&B charts.[5] Christina Aguilera performed the song at the Grammy Nomination Concert in December 2008.[6]


  1. ^ a b Burlingame, Sandra. "I Loves You Porgy (1935)". jazzstandards.com. Retrieved March 22, 2020.
  2. ^ "Today in History – September 2: Porgy and Bess, Library of Congress
  3. ^ "Decca presents selections from George Gershwin's folk opera Porgy and Bess", University of Southern California Libraries
  4. ^ Viglione, Joe. Nina Simone at AllMusic
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942–2004. Record Research. p. 528.
  6. ^ Sarah Rodman (December 4, 2008). "Lil Wayne tops Grammy nods amid a British invasion". The Boston Globe. Retrieved March 22, 2020.

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