"Love Is Here to Stay"
is a popular song and a jazz standard. The music was written by George Gershwin, the lyrics by Ira Gershwin, for the movie The Goldwyn Follies (1938) which was released shortly after George Gershwin's death. It is performed in the film by Kenny Baker. "Our Love Is Here to Stay" also appeared, perhaps most memorably, in the 1951 MGM picture An American in Paris, for which it served as the main theme. It also appeared in 1995's Forget Paris in which it is actually a reference to An American In Paris. The song was the last composition George Gershwin completed. Ira Gershwin wrote the words after his brother's death, giving the song a special poignancy.
Originally titled "It's Here to Stay" and then "Our Love Is Here to Stay", the song was finally published as "Love Is Here to Stay". Ira Gershwin has said that he wanted to change the song's name back to "Our Love Is Here to Stay" for years, but felt that it wouldn't be right since the song had already become a standard. The song is emblematic of the Great American Songbook, with both an introductory verse and a chorus.
The song is also used in the musical, The 1940's Radio Hour.
* Gene Kelly - An American in Paris (soundtrack) (1951)
* Frank Sinatra - Songs for Swingin' Lovers! (1956)
* Joni James - Let There Be Love (1956)
* Dinah Washington - After Hours with Miss "D" (1954)
* Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong - Ella and Louis Again (1957)
* Carmen McRae - Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday at Newport (1958)
* Billie Holiday - All or Nothing at All (1959)
* Blossom Dearie - Once Upon a Summertime (1959)
* Ella Fitzgerald - Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Songbook (1959)
* Oscar Peterson - Oscar Peterson Plays the George Gershwin Songbook (1959)
* Jack Jones - Dear Heart (1965)
* Ray Charles - I'm All Yours Baby! (1968)
* John Pizzarelli - Our Love is Here to Stay, counterpoint with Neal Hefti's "Li'l Darlin'", arranged by Don Sebesky (1997)
* Dexter Gordon - Our Man in Paris (1963)
* Barry Manilow - The Greatest Love Songs of All Time (2010)
* Lisa Stansfield - Swing original motion picture soundtrack (album)- (1999)
* Brian Wilson - Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin (2010)
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