Just based on the thread title, I was going to vote for Willie Nelson’s (from his standards album, Stardust, which is all-around wonderful). Jazz vocalist Joe Williams does another lovely version if you want to stay away from the distinctive twang of Willie’s voice.
Eva Cassidy Mods, feel free to close. Eva Cassidy’s and Bertie Lawrence’s versions weren’t available, so, I’ve nothing to say about them.
Ella’s version is a bit more bluesy and jazzy, with vocals dominating over the piano accompaniment. Linda’s is smoother and cooler with a full Nelson Riddle orchestration backing her up.
As for the others: Willie Nelson, Frank Sinatra, Ricky Lee Jones, Michael Feinstein, Sarah Vaughan, Elton John… they all suck in comparison. Their voices are thin and warmly and not as full as Linda’s or Ella’s.
There are very few men who cover this song since it was written for a female singer. Leafrog November 30, 2003, 5:04am #9Blossom Dalai did a very nice version … I heard it on the Red Hot and Ira compilation…damn, that is a great CD.
Never cared for his singing, but his version of Someone To WatchOverMe is simply unbearable. Twickster, I looked over all 993 hits on Amazon for Someone to WatchOverMe, ” and did not see one Joe Williams cover.
And I did listen to about 20 seconds of Ella Fitzgerald’s rendition, and I have to agree, it’s the most powerful. I was really looking forward to Sting’s version, from a recent Grammys Awards, but the clip on Amazon didn’t sound anything like TWO, so either he took enormous liberties with it, or they linked to the wrong clip.
Thanks for the Sinatra tip, Mariah, I’ll look for a younger version of “Young at Heart,” too, since we’re also playing that. Chest Baker did a nice version, though it violates your “not downtempo” condition.
In any case her version also appeared on the “Moonlighting” TV series soundtrack album. Cliff December 1, 2003, 8:35pm #19Ever since we played it in my high school jazz band, I’ve thought the song works best as an instrumental.
There is a CD called “London Trombone Sound” which is a recording of sixteen trombones from various London performing groups, and they do a version of the tune with a soloist playing the vocal melody. Being a trombone player myself, I am morally obligated to give my vote to this song.
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The story was typical for Twenties shows that featured complicated plots tossing together the rich and famous with the hoi polloi. This one included American millionaires, flappers, British aristocrats hard-up for money, and bootleggers all involved in “mistaken identities and zany deceptions,” which provide “the usual opportunities for the principals and chorus to burst into song” (Hoyland, p.
Someone To WatchOverMe, ” one of the great love songs in American musical theater history, is performed by Lawrence in the title role of Kay. Kay, a British aristocrat disguised as a housemaid in love with an American playboy is feeling lonesome and insecure.
Gertrude Lawrence sings Someone To WatchOverMe recorded October 25, 1927. During the London run of Oh, Kay! Traveled to London where it opened at His Majesty's Theater on September 21, 1927, with a new cast except for Lawrence who remained.
The New York Times reviewer Brooks Atkinson wrote, “Musical comedy seldom proves more intensely delightful than Oh, Kay! “ The show had a bifurcated birthright, the score coming from the American Gershwin's, the book from the British writing team of P. G. Wodehouse and Guy Bolton.
The show also satirizes, according to Gershwin biographer Howard Pollack, “American self-righteousness,” and includes humor that was “unusually adult” for the typical romantic comedy of the time. The actions that drive the baroque complicated plot are the efforts made to save playboy Jimmy Winter * from his unfortunate marital entanglements, so he can become engaged to Kay; and to save Kay's brother, a destitute English duke turned bootlegger, and his underworld cronies from the law.
Most subsequent versions, including one staged by Wodehouse and Bolton themselves in 1961, have been adapted to try to catch the rhythm of succeeding eras, but with limited success. And, we might add, as is so often the case, a song like Someone To WatchOverMe, ” that has taken its place in The Songbook, is still as vital, relevant and appealing today as it was then, even while the show from which it came has been largely forgotten.
So while they were awaiting the snail-mail delivery of the book from Wodehouse and Bolton, George came up with a melody that was, as Ira tells it, “fast and jazzy,” a rhythm tune that would most likely, had it been left alone, have turned out to be a “dance-and-ensemble number” to be used somewhere in the show. One account suggests it occurred when their sister Frances Gershwin walked into the room and distracted George.
The other song, “The Man I Love,” had been written by the Gershwin's two years earlier for their show Lady, Be Good! The idea for Lawrence to include a rag doll in her performance of Someone To WatchOverMe originated with none other than the versatile multitask er George Gershwin himself, who was apparently not only the composer but a momentary prop man, choreographer and director.
He recollects, “This doll was a strange looking object I found in a Philadelphia toy store and gave to Miss Lawrence with the suggestion that she use it in the number. That doll stayed in the show for the entire run” (The Gershwin's, Robert Kimball and Alfred Simon, Eds., New York: Athene um, 1973, p. 75).
Help was needed when Ira Gershwin had to undergo an emergency appendectomy that required a lengthy hospital stay. 'S book-writers, P. G. Wodehouse (who was also an accomplished and acclaimed lyricist) and Guy Bolton, because in Dietz' view, he was willing to do it without receiving credit, which George wanted to go solely to his brother, and for less money.
Dietz adds, I was very proud to work with the great Gershwin, and I would have done it for nothing, which I did” (Dancing in the Dark, p. 74 Hardcover Ed. Ira Gershwin in his memoir Lyrics on Several Occasions confirms Dietz' claim, and under the rubric “The Easiest Way to a Song Title,” explains that this often thorny task can be accomplished quite easily by getting hospitalized for a ruptured appendix before the time of antibiotics and so have somebody else write it for you (pp.
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With all that effort expended to keep delicious internal rhymes and a tight, consistent meter pattern, I've never quite understood how he could have so totally lost focus on tenses. The lyric and guitar chord transcriptions on this site are the work of The Guitar guy and are intended for private study, research, or educational purposes only.
Someone to WatchOverMe is square number 21 of the Stardust Melodies Crochet Along. Join us for a crochet along where we delve into fun textures we can create with our hooks and just one color of yarn at a time. The Stardust Melodies Crochet Along hosted by Polly Plum which began on May 18, 2017.
Oct 9th 2008THE 451-page bail-out bill passed by Congress on October 3rd contained reams of extraneous stuff, ranging from $150 billion in tax breaks to increased insurance cover for mental illness. It also includes two little-noticed provisions that portend closer oversight of the financial system and of its single biggest player, the Federal Reserve.
The first, by a congressional panel created to monitor exactly how the Treasury is to spend up to $700 billion on mortgage assets and stakes in financial companies, is due by January 20th 2009, the date of the next president's inauguration. The reports, the law says, must determine whether anything that is not now regulated, such as over -the-counter swaps, should “become subject to the regulatory system”, and whether there are “gaps” in consumer protection.
By contrast, the regulatory blueprint released earlier this year by Hank Paulson, the current treasury secretary, was aimed at reducing the burden of rules. The Fed had not used that authority with any regularity since the 1930s, largely because deciding which sectors of the economy should get credit is not normally the job of a central bank.
In March, it announced a $200 billion program to swap Treasury debt for investment banks' less liquid assets, but did not publicly disclose that it invoked 13(3) to do it.