Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Someone to Watch Over Me

First recorded by Gertrude Lawrence (US #2 1926).
Other hit versions by George Gershwin (US #13 1926), George Olsen & His Orchestra (US #3 1927), Frank Sinatra (UK #13 1954), Linda Ronstadt (1980).
Also recorded by Margaret Whiting (1944).

From the wiki: “‘Someone to Watch Over Me’ was composed by George Gershwin with lyrics by Ira Gershwin for the musical Oh, Kay! (1926). George Gershwin originally approached the song as an uptempo jazz tune, but his brother Ira suggested that it might work much better as a ballad, and George ultimately agreed.

“Gertrude Lawrence was first to record the song, after premiering it on-stage in Oh, Kay! singing ‘Someone to Watch Over Me’ to a doll. George Gershwin remembers: ‘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 song itself has been recorded by every singer and instrumentalist from Doris Day to Sting to Amy Winehouse, and Acker Bilk to Roy Eldridge to Chick Corea, and was featured in the 1996 film Mr. Holland’s Opus.”

George Gershwin, “Someone to Watch Over Me” (1926):

George Olsen & His Orchestra, “Someone to Watch Over Me” (1927):

Margaret Whiting, “Someone to Watch Over Me” (1944):

Frank Sinatra, “Someone to Watch Over Me” (1954):

Linda Ronstadt, “Someone to Watch Over Me” (1980):

Jean Louisa Kelly, “Someone to Watch Over Me” from Mr. Holland’s Opus (1996):

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