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The George Gershwin Reader$
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Robert Wyatt and John Andrew Johnson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195327113

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327113.001.0001

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Allen Forte: “Someone to Watch over Me’” (1990)

Allen Forte: “Someone to Watch over Me’” (1990)

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30 Allen Forte: “Someone to Watch over Me’” (1990)
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The George Gershwin Reader
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Robert Wyatt

John Andrew Johnson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327113.003.0030

This chapter presents an excerpt from Allen Forte's 1990 book American Golden Ballads of the Golden Era, 1924–1950 focusing on George Gershwin's Broadway musical titled Oh, Kay!. The show premiered on November 6, 1926, and introduced Someone to Watch Over Me which became the best-known song from that musical. The song became so popular that it inspired numerous classical recordings including versions by Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, and Teddy Wilson.

Keywords:   George Gershwin, Oh, Kay!, Sarah Vaughn, musicals, Allen Forte, Ella Fitzgerald, excerpts, Teddy Wilson

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