Song of the Day #84 & #85
Song of the Day: The Man I Love / Lover Man, the former song's music by George Gershwin, lyrics by Ira Gershwin, originally from the 1924 production of "Lady Be Good" but actually dropped from the show before its New York opening. It became a standard in the hands of such jazz singers as Billie Holiday (and rendered well by Diana Ross in the 1972 film, "Lady Sings the Blues") and by such torch singers as Helen Morgan. I remember "The Man I Love" being sung in Gogi Grant's voice but coming out of the mouth of Ann Blyth, who played the lead character in "The Helen Morgan Story," a 1957 film also starring a very hunky blue-eyed Paul Newman." My sister-in-law Joanne Barry does a killer rendition of this, in a medley with "Lover Man," a very pretty song of longing, written by Jimmy Davis, Jimmy Sherman, and Roger Ram Ramirez. So that's two songs for the price of one and a double song of the day!