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"The Man I Love"
Published 1927
Composer(s) George Gershwin
Lyricist(s) Ira Gershwin
The Man I Love, first 8 bars, tenor saxophone

"The Man I Love" is a popular standard, with music by George Gershwin and lyrics by his brother Ira. Originally part of the 1924 score for the Gershwin government satire Lady, Be Good as "The Girl I Love", the song was deleted from the show as well as from both the 1927 anti-war satire Strike Up the Band (where it first appeared as "The Man I Love") and 1928 Ziegfeld hit Rosalie after tryouts.[1]

Popular recordings in 1928 were by Marion Harris; Sophie Tucker; Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra (vocal by Vaughn De Leath); and by Fred Rich & His Orchestra (vocal also by Vaughn De Leath).[2]

As with many standards of the era, it has become more famous as an independent popular song than as one from a Broadway musical.

The song was included in the 2015 Broadway musical An American in Paris based on the six-time Academy Award-winning Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron film, An American in Paris released in 1951.[3]

Film and TV appearances[edit]

Other notable recordings[edit]


  • Alec Wilder American Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900-1950 Oxford University Press: Oxford 1972, ISBN 0-19-501445-6.
  • Ira Gershwin Lyrics on Several Occasions Limelight Editions: New York City 1973.
  • Philip Furia Ira Gershwin: The Art of the Lyricist Oxford University Press: Oxford 1996, ISBN 0-19-508299-0.
  • Ted Gioia The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire Oxford University Press: Oxford 2012, ISBN 978-0199937394.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Jazz Standards". Retrieved February 25, 2018. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 546. ISBN 0-89820-083-0. 
  3. ^ An American in Paris (2015 Broadway) - song list
  4. ^ "Internet Movie Database". Retrieved February 25, 2018. 
  5. ^ The Man I Love at the American Film Institute Catalog.
  6. ^ "The Online Discographical Project". Retrieved February 25, 2018. 
  7. ^ "The Online Discographical Project". Retrieved February 25, 2018. 
  8. ^ "The Online Discographical Project". Retrieved February 25, 2018. 
  9. ^ "The Online Discographical Project". Retrieved February 25, 2018. 
  10. ^ "The Online Discographical Project". Retrieved February 25, 2018. 
  11. ^ "The Online Discographical Project". Retrieved February 25, 2018. 
  12. ^ "". Retrieved February 25, 2018. 
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