I Loves You, Porgy
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|"I Loves You, Porgy"|
|Songwriter(s)||Ira Gershwin, George Gershwin|
Originally a duet by Anne Brown and Todd Duncan in the 1935 production and in the 1942 revival of the opera, "I Loves You, Porgy" has been recorded as a solo number by a number of popular vocalists and jazz musicians, most notably Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, and Bill Evans. Nina Simone's recording of the song (from Little Girl Blue, 1958) was a Top 20 pop hit in the United States in the autumn of 1959. Simone's version went to number eighteen on the Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the R&B charts. A live version is featured in her 1964 album Nina Simone in Concert. Bill Evans's piano trio version recorded at the Village Vanguard in 1961, available on the CD re-issue of the album Waltz for Debby, is also acclaimed.
- James Brown recorded "I Loves You, Porgy" on the album Cold Sweat (1967)
- Nina Simone recorded "I Loves You, Porgy" on the album Little Girl Blue (1958)
- Chaka Khan recorded "I Loves You, Porgy" on the album Echoes of an Era (1982).
- Barbra Streisand recorded "I Loves You, Porgy" as a medley with "Bess, You Is My Woman Now" (sung as "Porgy, I's Your Woman Now") on her The Broadway Album (1985).
- Jex Saarelaht and Kate Ceberano recorded a version on their album Open the Door - Live at Mietta's (1992).
- Whitney Houston sang "I Loves You, Porgy" at the beginning of a medley with "I Have Nothing" at the 1994 American Music Awards. This performance was included on the 2014 CD/DVD release, Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances. Houston performed the tune several times during her Bodyguard Tour in 1993, also during her HBO televised Classic Whitney: Live in Washington, D.C. in 1997.
- Christina Aguilera performed a critically acclaimed rendition of the song at the Grammy Nomination Concert in December 2008.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 528.
- "Live: Her Greatest Performances - Whitney Houston - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic".
- Jon Bream, "Lil’ Wayne, Coldplay grab the most Grammy nods", Star Tribune, December 3, 2008.
- "Best pop-tart makeover", LA Times.
- Sarah Rodman, "Lil Wayne tops Grammy nods amid a British invasion", The Boston Globe, December 4, 2008.
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