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Gershwin's Summertime: The Song That Conquered the World (2011)

The song "Summertime" was written by George Gershwin for the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess. The lyrics are by DuBose Heyward and although not thought to be directly involved, Ira Gershwin gets ... See full summary »

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James Maycock

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James Maycock

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pauline Black ... Herself - Narrator
Courtney Pine Courtney Pine ... Himself
Gary Giddins Gary Giddins ... Himself
George Gershwin ... Himself (archive footage)
Rodney Greenberg Rodney Greenberg ... Himself
Trevor Nunn ... Himself (as Sir Trevor Nunn)
Will Friedwald Will Friedwald ... Himself
Ira Gershwin ... Himself (archive footage)
Lemn Sissay Lemn Sissay ... Himself
Stanley Crouch ... Himself
Billie Holiday ... Herself (archive footage)
Bonnie Greer Bonnie Greer ... Herself
Eric Clarke Eric Clarke ... Himself
Richard Williams Richard Williams ... Himself
Mahalia Jackson ... Herself (archive footage)
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The song "Summertime" was written by George Gershwin for the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess. The lyrics are by DuBose Heyward and although not thought to be directly involved, Ira Gershwin gets an official credit. The song soon developed a life of it's own beyond the original opera and has been recorded and adapted into many different styles of music from jazz to opera, rock to reggae, soul to samba. It has been recorded and performed in many different languages around the world and remains one of the most famous and best loved songs ever written. This documentary looks at its history, how it came to be created, and its subsequent history as it traveled through time and around the world. "Summertime" is the most covered song on the planet. At least 25,000 versions of it exist. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Official Sites:

BBC [United Kingdom]

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Fon

Release Date:

23 November 2011 (UK) See more »

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Features American Playhouse: Porgy and Bess (1993) See more »

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