It Ain’t Necessarily So (jazz standard originally from Porgy and Bess; catch-all for unspecified pop and jazz arrangements)

~ Song

Relationships

lyricist:Ira Gershwin
Dorothy Heyward (playwright)
DuBose Heyward
composer:George Gershwin (composer)
publisher:Warner/Chappell North America Limited (formerly incorporated as Marmalade Music Ltd., from 1968/09/19–1999/11/09)
was commissioned by:Gershwin Publishing Corp (in 1935)
SecondHandSongs:http://www.secondhandsongs.com/work/4694 [info]
Wikidata:Q2920365 [info]
referred to in medleys:It Ain’t Necessarily the Saint James Infirmary
Porgy and Bess Suite (order: 5)
later translated versions:C’n’est pas nécessairement ça
I waas ned obs wiaklich so woa
later versions:It Ain’t Necessarily So (from ‘Porgy and Bess’) (arrangement for 48 violas)
is based on:Porgy and Bess: Act II, Scene II. “It ain’t necessarily so”
is the basis for:Etude on "It Ain't Necessarily So"

Recordings

DateTitleAttributesArtistLength
performance
1944-09-20It Ain't Necessarily SoinstrumentalJohnny Mercer2:49
1947-11-08It Ain't Necessarily SoPaul Robeson2:35
1952It Ain’t Necessarily SoinstrumentalThe Oscar Peterson Trio3:14
1954-09-11It Ain't Necessarily SoinstrumentalCal Tjader2:05
1955-05-23It Ain't Necessarily SoinstrumentalAhmad Jamal3:03
1956-04It Ain’t Necessarily SoPeggy Lee3:26
1956-05It Ain’t Necessarily SocoverBeverly Kenney with Ralph Burns Orchestra1:35
1957-08-18Porgy & Bess: It Ain't Necessarily SoElla Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong6:35
1958-01-15 – 1958-01-20It Ain't Necessarily SoJohn T. Williams Orchestra feat. Johnny Desmond2:22
1958-02-09It Ain't Necessarily SoinstrumentalThe Ramsey Lewis Trio2:44
1958-07-22 – 1958-08-18It Ain’t Necessarily Socover and instrumentalMiles Davis4:25
1958It Ain't Necessarily SoMundell Lowe and His All Stars3:09
1959-01-13 – 1959-01-15It Ain't Necessarily SoinstrumentalPercy Faith3:11
1959-01-27It Ain’t Necessarily Socover and instrumentalEvans Bradshaw5:01
1959-04-22It Ain't Necessarily SoinstrumentalThe Ramsey Lewis Trio4:40
1959-07-14 – 1959-08-09It Ain’t Necessarily SoinstrumentalOscar Peterson2:49
1960-02-06 – 1960-02-10It Ain't Necessarily Socover and instrumentalArt Farmer & Benny Golson4:29
1960-12-19It Ain’t Necessarily SoAretha Franklin2:55
1961-03-14Bess You Is My Woman / It Ain't Necessarily Soinstrumental and medleyJaki Byard9:53
1961-08-11It Ain't Necessarily SoCal Tjader, Mary Stallings2:28
1962-01-13It Ain’t Necessarily SoGrant Green10:23
1963-06-05It Ain't Necessarily So (mono)cover and live“Brother” Jack McDuff6:05
1963-11-29It Ain't Necessarily SoinstrumentalFreddie Roach5:02
1964-05-09It Ain't Necessarily Socover, instrumental and liveEje Thelin Quintet8:17
1965-04-26It Ain't Necessarily So (stereo)instrumentalThe Modern Jazz Quartet6:22
1965-04-26It Ain't Necessarily So (mono)coverThe Modern Jazz Quartet6:23
1976-06-28It Ain't Necessarily Socover and instrumentalGeorge Mraz in Duet With Roland Hanna4:38
1981-11-23It Ain't Necessarily SoinstrumentalJoe Pass5:49
1982-02Overture: Porgy and Bess. Medley: Summertime / It Ain't Necessarily So / I Loves You, Porgylive and medleySarah Vaughan7:32
1984-11-29It Ain’t Necessarily So (live, 1984-11-29: Hammersmith Palais, London, England, UK)cover and liveBronski Beat3:08
1991-08-21 – 1991-08-28It Ain't Necessarily SocoverIndigo3:46
1995-05It Ain't Necessarily SocoverDallas Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Litton3:51
1997-05-13 – 1997-05-15Ain't Necessarily SocoverAndy Bey7:00
1997-05It Ain't Necessarily SoJoe Henderson6:27
1997It Ain't Necessarily So (from Porgy & Bess)coverColm Wilkinson3:30
1998-12-20It Ain't Necessarily SoinstrumentalConrad Herwig8:44
1998It Ain't Necessarily SoinstrumentalBennie Wallace12:21
1999-11-06It Ain't Necessarily Socover and liveBennie Wallace14:17
2000-08It Ain't Necessarily SocoverMagni Wentzel Sextet6:18
2011-09 – 2011-11It Ain’t Necessarily SocoverLyambiko3:40
2011-11-18 – 2011-11-20It Ain't Necessarily SocoverThe Gents, Béni Csillag3:17
2013-06-01It Ain’t Necessarily SoTom Poster, Elena Urioste2:32
"Porgy and Bess" Medleycover, live and medleyMel Tormé8:15
Ain't Necessarily SoCarol Kidd3:28
Ain’t Necessarily SocoverBronski Beat4:43
Ain’t Necessarily SocoverBronski Beat?:??
Ain’t Necessarily SocoverBronski Beat4:09
I waas ned obs wiaklich so woa - It Ain't Necessarily Socover and medleyTini Kainrath - Willi Resetarits - StringFizz2:43
It Ain't Neccesarily SoSidney Poitier3:07
It Ain't Necerrarily SoLouis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald6:33
It Ain't Necessarilly SocoverMiles Davis4:24
It Ain't NecessarilycoverBronski Beat4:42
It ain't Necessarily socoverMiles Davis4:27
It Ain't Necessarily SoCab Calloway3:11
It Ain't Necessarily SoMarcus Roberts6:03
It Ain't Necessarily SoBilly Paul Williams4:21
It Ain't Necessarily SoJohnny Mercer & Billy Butterfield2:51
It Ain't Necessarily SoBrian Wilson3:58
It Ain't Necessarily SoPaul Robeson2:32
It Ain't Necessarily SocoverBronski Beat4:07
It Ain't Necessarily SocoverBronski Beat4:05
It Ain't Necessarily SoBarbara Hendricks3:09
It Ain't Necessarily SoBeverly Kenney1:35
It Ain't Necessarily SoinstrumentalBuddy DeFranco & Oscar Peterson4:14
It Ain't Necessarily SoElla Mae Morse2:20
It Ain't Necessarily SoBeverly Kenney1:35
It Ain't Necessarily SoinstrumentalThe Oscar Peterson Trio2:49
It Ain't Necessarily SoinstrumentalThe Oscar Peterson Trio3:18
It Ain't Necessarily SoJane Rutter3:00
It Ain't Necessarily SoElla Fitzgerald6:31
It Ain't Necessarily SoGuy Lombardo3:16
It Ain't Necessarily SoinstrumentalThe Ramsey Lewis Trio2:51
It Ain't Necessarily SoTeri Thornton3:17
It Ain't Necessarily SoSliding Hammers4:24
It Ain't Necessarily SoinstrumentalOscar Peterson3:12
It Ain't Necessarily SoAnnie Sellick feat. Joey DeFrancesco5:55
It Ain't Necessarily SoCarmen McRae & Sammy Davis Jr.3:57
It Ain't Necessarily SoPaul Robeson2:32
It Ain't Necessarily SoJohnny Mercer, Billy Butterfield & His Orchestra3:22
It Ain't Necessarily SoThe Golden Gate Quartet?:??
It Ain't Necessarily SoFazil Say1:54
It Ain't Necessarily SoinstrumentalThe Jazztet4:29
It Ain't Necessarily SocoverMiles Davis & Gil Evans4:25
It Ain't Necessarily SocoverMiles Davis4:25
It Ain't Necessarily SocoverMiles Davis4:25
It Ain't Necessarily SocoverMiles Davis4:25
It Ain't Necessarily SocoverMiles Davis4:27
It Ain't Necessarily SocoverMiles Davis4:26
It Ain't Necessarily SocoverMiles Davis4:27
It Ain't Necessarily SocoverMiles Davis4:24
It Ain't Necessarily SocoverMiles Davis4:24
It Ain't Necessarily SoinstrumentalThe Jazztet4:28
It Ain't Necessarily SocoverJamie Cullum4:33
It Ain't Necessarily SoLawrence Tibbett2:59
It Ain't Necessarily SoElla Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong?:??
It Ain't Necessarily SoElla & Louis6:36
It Ain't Necessarily SoLouis Armstrong6:34
It Ain't Necessarily SoinstrumentalAnthony McGill, Gloria Chien3:21
It Ain't Necessarily SoElla Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong6:31
It Ain't Necessarily SoElla Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong6:32
It Ain't Necessarily SoLouis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald6:33
It Ain't Necessarily SoLouis Armstrong6:33
It Ain't Necessarily SoFrank Sinatra3:46
It Ain't Necessarily SoKemp English, Robin Wilson2:37
It Ain't Necessarily SoGeorge Gershwin & Walter Donaldson3:02
It Ain't Necessarily SoJames Morrison & Joe Chindamo7:38
It Ain't Necessarily SoLawrence Tibbett3:00
It Ain't Necessarily SoMiles Davis4:26
It Ain't Necessarily SoinstrumentalOscar Peterson3:18
It Ain't Necessarily SocoverPete Jolly?:??
It Ain't Necessarily SoSusannah McCorkle4:53
It Ain't Necessarily SoPearl Bailey2:43
It Ain't Necessarily SoinstrumentalErroll Garner3:31
It Ain't Necessarily Soinstrumental101 Strings5:00
It Ain't Necessarily SoinstrumentalJack Jezzro4:38
It Ain't Necessarily SoinstrumentalEddie Henderson Quintet8:37
It Ain't Necessarily SoElla Mae Morse2:19
It Ain't Necessarily SoGeorge Chakiris2:52
It Ain't Necessarily SoinstrumentalOscar Peterson3:17
It Ain't Necessarily SoHoward Morgen2:55
It Ain't Necessarily So[unknown]2:58
It Ain't Necessarily SoLeonid Hambro & Gershon Kingsley2:30
It Ain't Necessarily So (George & Ira Gershwin)instrumentalThe Jazztet4:30
It Ain't Necessarily So (Orgel-Version)coverHelge Schneider3:02
It Ain't Necessarily So (single version)coverBronski Beat4:10
It Ain't Necessarily So (vocal)George Gershwin2:54
It Ain't NecessarycoverCaroline Henderson4:35
It Ain't Nessessarily SoElla Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong6:34
It Ain’t Necessarily SoHugh Laurie3:46
It Ain’t Necessarily SoCher & Larry Adler4:12
It Ain’t Necessarily SocoverWillie Nelson4:28
It Ain’t Necessarily SocoverBronski Beat4:04
It Ain’t Necessarily SoLeo Reisman & His Orchestra2:53
It Ain’t Necessarily SoElla & Louis6:34
It Ain’t Necessarily SoinstrumentalOscar Peterson?:??
It Ain’t Necessarily SoinstrumentalErroll Garner?:??
It Ain’t Necessarily SocoverBronski Beat4:34
It Ain’t Necessarily SoFinley Quaye4:39
It Ain’t Necessarily SoElla Mae Morse2:22
It Ain’t Necessarily SocoverThe Moody Blues3:21
It Ain’t Necessarily SocoverHelge Schneider5:14
It Ain’t Necessarily SoPorgy & Bess, original Broadway cast2:51
It Ain’t Necessarily SoElla Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong6:34
It Ain’t Necessarily SocoverTok Tok Tok5:25
It Ain’t Necessarily SoElla Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong6:36
It Ain’t Necessarily SocoverAsylum Street Spankers4:35
It Ain’t Necessarily SocoverAretha Franklin3:08
It Ain’t Necessarily SocoverMiles Davis (with Gil Evans)4:15
It Ain’t Necessarily SoinstrumentalBroadway Ballroom Orchestra2:56
It Ain’t Necessarily SocoverMiles Davis4:24
It Ain’t Necessarily SoMaxine Sullivan3:32
It Ain’t Necessarily SocoverMiles Davis & Gil Evans4:24
It Ain’t Necessarily SocoverMiles Davis4:23
It Ain’t Necessarily SoinstrumentalChristina McMaster2:20
It Ain’t Necessarily SocoverMiles Davis4:25
It Ain’t Necessarily SocoverHoward Emerson2:29
It Ain’t Necessarily SocoverBobby Darin3:27
It Ain’t Necessarily SocoverBronski Beat4:45
It Ain’t Necessarily SocoverBronski Beat4:25
It Ain’t Necessarily SocoverBronski Beat4:06
It Ain’t Necessarily SocoverJamie Cullum4:32
It Ain’t Necessarily So (12″ version)coverBronski Beat5:20
It Ain’t Necessarily So (George Gershwin)Marcin Grochowina, Felix Borel2:26
It Ain’t Necessarily So (Porgy and Bess)instrumental[unknown]2:59
It Ain’t Necessarily So (take 1)cover and instrumentalMiles Davis & Gil Evans3:24
It Ain’t Necessarily So from Porgy and BessBill Murray5:13
Lorelei / It Ain't Necessarily So / Sam and DelilahmedleyJulie Wilson5:17
Medley: Summertime / It Ain't Necessarily So / Bess, Oh Where's My BessmedleyFrank Sinatra5:08
Porgy and Bess - It ain't necessarily socover and instrumental4 Saxess2:39
Porgy and Bess: Act II: It Ain't Necessarily Soinstrumentalhr brass4:33
Porgy and Bess: It Ain't Necessarily SoinstrumentalBudapest Strings, János Sándor3:17
Porgy and Bess: It Ain’t Necessarily SoinstrumentalSylvester Stingel, Vienna Symphonic Rock Orchestra, Simon Gale3:17