A Tune with "Distinct Potentialities"

From the beginning, George Gershwin felt that a song he and Ira had just penned for the film Shall We Dance had, in his words, "distinct potentialities of going places." The song was "They Can't Take That Away From Me" and he was right: the film (starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers) wasn't even released until May 7, 1937, but between March and June of that year, everybody who was anybody was already recording it: Ozzie Nelson, Jimmy Dorsey, Tommy Dorsey, Carl Fenton, Billie Holiday, and Count Basie with their respective orchestras....and, of course, Fred Astaire with Johnny Green and his Orchestra.

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"Probably I'll Meet Him at a Soda Fountain"

That’s my favorite line in “Where’s the Boy? Here’s the Girl!,” and it comes after a big romantic swell in the music — exactly the kind of charming songwriting we’d expect from the Brothers Gershwin.  But the song never really took off, perhaps because the show it was written for, 1928’s Treasure Girl, only ran 68 performances.  

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