Facts you didn't know about the famous aria "Summertime"

"Summertime" is a worldwide known aria composed for the opera "Porgy and Bess". We love this song and prepared some interesting facts for you!

The aria was composed by George Gershwin in 1935. It is believed that he took the Ukraine lullaby "Ой ходить сон коло вікон" as a basis. "Summertime" is performed in "Porgy and Bess" four times.

According to some statistics, the quantity of "Summertime" covers is 60 thousands approximately. It's more that Beatles' "Yesterday" has.

The aria became popular after it was performed by such Jazz musicians as Charles Parker, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis and Oscar Peterson.

The aria was translated into many languages including Esperanto (a constructed international auxiliary language).

"Summertime" was the last song Janis Joplin performed. She finished the last concert in her life with this song.

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Ilias Tsiabardas
Beautiful Song performed so gracefully from all those Amazing Artists ,thanks for sharing this
Mar 1, 2020 8:07PM
Celeste Thomas, Yes, and 59,999 others as well
Oct 1, 2019 7:42PM
Lulu Anne Percival
Absolutely stunning voice - perfect ❤️❤️
Sep 17, 2019 4:38PM
Thank you for that hauntingly beautiful Aria sang by huge talented folks. RIP.
Apr 4, 2019 5:47PM
Edith Rookes
The dolls upgrade are excellent. Especially The Mad Hatter. Emma Watson and Kate Blanchett is good also. Summertime, yes I remember it well. The art on the dolls are just great , life-like.
Mar 6, 2018 6:58PM
Lydia Wood
I’ve seen Porgy & Bess many years ago. The score was wonderful.
Jan 31, 2018 10:42PM
Marti Fogel
So Beautiful!
Dec 5, 2017 5:25PM
Alan D. Suddeth
Nov 5, 2017 5:50PM
Sharon Qualseth
Love this song and entire score from Porgy and Bess.
Nov 2, 2017 11:31PM
Ron Barnes
Great history behind the song "Summertime" by Gerswin. Thanks.
Nov 2, 2017 12:19AM
I love this song! I used to sing my son this song, every night before he went to sleep! It was one of his favourite songs, that I would sing to him. He's grown now. 🙂
Nov 1, 2017 5:48PM
Diana Newman
Love all the music from Porgy and Bess, but 'Summertime' is my favourite. It is so earthy and full of emotion.
Nov 1, 2017 8:52AM
Cathie Roth Lonnquist
I have loved this song since I was a child. I came from a very musical background and originally majored in music in college. I thought I had heard every singer who had sung this song but hearing that Janis Joplin had sung it surprised me. After listening to it here I was kind of sad because she massacred the song and I think by this point in her career her voice was already shot. I suppose there are those who will say they like the way she sang it but not me.
Oct 30, 2017 7:39PM
Carroll Price
The late Doc Watson does a great job on this song.
Oct 30, 2017 6:16AM
Edward Tex Westbrook
Charlie Parker nails it...all of it. The joy, sorrow and the hope.
Oct 28, 2017 5:47PM

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