Song of the day: Billy Stewart- Summertime
Some sixties to end the summer for this year. And this is a great song, though you have to get through the intro, which is not exactly great… The song was composed in 1935 by George Gershwin for an opera. The lyrics are made by the man who wrote the book on which the opera was based, DuBose Heyward. The song became a jazz standard and that can be noticed when looking at the number of covers: over 33000 versions were recorded! The song was taken to the charts by Billie Holiday in 1936 (he reached no. 12). The most successful version was made by Billy Stewart in 1966, who reached no. 10 in the US and no. 39 in the UK. For me, this also is the best version. Enjoy
Billy Stewart- Summertime
Posted on August 31, 2014, in 1960-1969, FlinterFiles Song Archive and tagged 1966, 33000 versions, Billie Holiday, billy stewart, cover, DuBose Heyward, FlinterFiles Song Archive, george gershwin, jazz, Music, opera, sixties, summer, summertime. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.