Song of the Day: Gene Kelly, “I Got Rhythm”

Lyricist Ira Gershwin, who with his brother George wrote over a dozen Broadway shows, was born on this day in 1896. After George’s untimely death in 1937, he wrote more hit songs with Kurt Weill, Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern, and Harry Warren. "I Got Rhythm" was written for their 1930 show Girl Crazy, where it was originally sung by Ethel Merman. It was included in the 1951 movie An American In Paris, where Gene Kelly sang it.

3 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Gene Kelly, “I Got Rhythm”

    1. He’s fun to watch as a dancer, because he’s not the white-tie-and-tails dancer that Fred Astaire is. Not that watching Astaire is no fun (the dance he does for the 4th of July in “Holiday Inn” and the dancing on the walls and ceiling in “Royal Wedding” were all great fun), but Kelly is more an athlete. He always said he would rather have played shortstop for the Pittsburgh Pirates (and he’d have been a damn good one…)

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