Summertime (American songbook standard from 1935 opera Porgy and Bess)

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lyricist:Dorothy Kuhns (playwright)
Ira Gershwin
DuBose Heyward
composer:George Gershwin (composer)
publisher:Chappell & Co.
Chappell & Co., Inc. (USA)
Chappell Music Ltd.
Dubose and Dorothy Heyward Memorial Fund Publishing
George Gershwin Music
New Dawn Music
Warner Chappell Music Ltd. (no slash; used 1988–1996)
Warner/Chappell Music Holland BV
Warner/Chappell North America Limited (formerly incorporated as Marmalade Music Ltd., from 1968/09/19–1999/11/09)
Ira Gershwin Music (in 1935)
WB Music Corp. (1929-2019) (from 1935 until 2019-05-28)
WC Music Corp. (from 2019-05-28 to present)
lyrics page: [info]
SecondHandSongs: [info]
Wikidata:Q844046 [info]
referred to in medleys:Porgy and Bess Suite (order: 1)
later translated parody versions:Tschibuti
later translated versions:C'est l'été
Summa is
Summertime (French lyrics)
is based on:Porgy and Bess: Act I, Scene I. “Summertime” (Clara)
is the basis for:And the Living Is Easy
Summer Time
Summertime Variations
The Bones of You
arrangements:12 Songs: Summertime
Summertime (catch-all for arrangements)
Summertime (Rick Wakeman arrangement)
Summertime (for brass band, arr. Snell)
Summertime (Kahil El’Zabar arrangement)
lyrics quoted on:Doin’ Time


1936-07-10SummertimeBillie Holiday and Her Orchestra2:56
1936-07-10SummertimeBillie Holiday?:??
1936-07-10SummertimeBillie Holiday and Her Orchestra2:56
1936-07-10SummertimeBillie Holiday2:59
1936-07-10SummertimeBillie Holiday And Her Orchestra?:??
1936-07-10SummertimeBillie Holiday and Her Orchestra2:53
1936-07-10SummertimeBillie Holiday & Her Orchestra2:55
1939-04-25Summertime (1939-04-25, mx. WM-1022-A)Jerry Kruger & Her Orchestra3:01
1939-06-08SummertimeinstrumentalSidney Bechet Quintet4:11
1939-06-08SummertimeinstrumentalPort of Harlem Seven4:13
1939-06-08SummertimeinstrumentalSidney Bechet4:12
1939-06-08SummertimeinstrumentalSidney Bechet Quintet4:14
1939-06-08SummertimeinstrumentalSidney Bechet4:06
1941-03-28SummertineinstrumentalJoe Sullivan3:15
1943-11-08Summertime (take 1, false start)instrumentalDuke Ellington & His Orchestra0:27
1943-11-08Summertime (take 2)instrumentalDuke Ellington & His Orchestra2:58
1944-10-20SummertimeMildred Bailey2:58
1944SummertimeGlenn Miller2:16
1945-01-17SummertimeinstrumentalBoyd Raeburn & His Orchestra2:51
1945-04-17SummertimeArtie Shaw and His Orchestra4:26
1945-10-26Gershwin Medley: The Man I Love / Summertime / I've Got Plenty of Nuttin' / It Ain't Necessarily Soinstrumental, live and medleyArt Tatum4:25
1945-12-30SummertimeMildred Bailey2:53
1945SummertimeArtie Shaw4:26
1946-02-20SummertimeGene Krupa and His Orchestra2:43
1946-04-10Porgy & Bess Medley: Summertime/It Ain’t Necessarily So/ Bess, Oh Where’s My Bess?cover and medleyFrank Sinatra5:07
1947-04-05SummertimeliveCharlie Shavers5:03
1947SummertimeMaxine Sullivan2:58
1947SummertimeAl Hibbler2:40
1947SummertimeEthel Waters3:06
1949-04-07SummertimeTommy Dorsey & His Orchestra3:00
1949-05-14Summertimeinstrumental and liveSidney Bechet3:41
1949-10-08Summertimeinstrumental and liveSidney Bechet3:35
1949-11-30Summertimecover and instrumentalCharlie Parker2:49
1949-11-30SummertimeinstrumentalCharlie Parker2:52
1949-11-30Summertimecover and instrumentalCharlie Parker2:44
1949-12-21Summertime (1949-12-21, mx. CO-42532)Sarah Vaughan3:14
1949-12-21SummertimeSarah Vaughan3:16
1949-12-21SummertimeSarah Vaughan acc by Joe Lippman Orchestra3:13
1949-12-22SummertimeinstrumentalRex Stewart with Graeme Bell and his Australian Jazz Band2:32
1950-05-12SummertimeinstrumentalErroll Garner3:16
1950-06-06Summertime (Tuesday June 6, 1950)instrumentalCharlie Parker and His Orchestra2:49
1950-07-04SummertimeinstrumentalDon Byas Quartet2:48
1950-07-04SummertimeinstrumentalDon Byas2:48
1950-07Gershwin Medleyinstrumental, live and medleyArt Tatum4:03
1950Medley 1: Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered / Summertimeinstrumental, live and medleyCharlie Parker5:02
1951-08-01SummertimeinstrumentalWynton Kelly3:11
1951Gershwin Medleyinstrumental and liveArt Tatum4:20
1952-01-03SummertimeinstrumentalErroll Garner3:02
1952-01-03SummertimeinstrumentalErroll Garner3:02
1952-01-31SummertimeliveSidney Bechet & Claude Luter et son orchestre3:36
1952-03-12Summertimeinstrumental and liveSidney Bechet3:24
1952-03-12Summertimecover and instrumentalSidney Bechet with Claude Luter et son orchestre3:18
1952-03-12SummertimeinstrumentalSidney Bechet & Claude Luter et son orchestre3:18
1952-03-12Summertimeinstrumental and liveSidney Bechet3:39
1952-04-06SummertimeDizzy Gillespie4:18
1952-10-18SummertimeBill Coleman2:03
1952-10-28SummertimeJack Parnell & His Orchestra2:45
1953-09-25SummertimeliveLionel Hampton Orchestra4:07
1953-12-31 – 1954-12-31Summertimeinstrumental and liveTeddy Wilson Quartet6:13
1954-03-19Summertimeinstrumental and liveSidney Bechet3:05
1954-05-12SummertimeinstrumentalFrank Foster3:55
1954-05-12Summertime (alt. take)instrumentalFrank Foster3:55
1954SummertimeinstrumentalBernard Zacharias et ses solistes3:52
1955-08-15SummertimeinstrumentalStan Getz6:08
1955-09-22SummertimeChet Baker4:16
1955-10-24SummertimeinstrumentalChet Baker3:25
1955-10-24SummertimeChet Baker4:16
1955-10-24SummertimeinstrumentalChet Baker Quartet4:15
1956-06-06SummertimeinstrumentalLars Gullin med Gösta Theselius orkester5:25
1956-07-10SummertimeinstrumentalSonny Criss4:02
1956-10-16Ballad Medley: I’m Through With Love / The Nearness of You / Moonlight in Vermont / SummertimeinstrumentalDizzy Gillespie & Roy Eldridge8:42
1957-01-14SummertimeinstrumentalArt Pepper7:20
1957-02-12SummertimeinstrumentalJimmy Smith4:33
1957-02-12SummertimeinstrumentalJimmy Smith4:31
1957-02-28 – 1957-03-02SummertimeDakota Staton2:10
1957-04-01SummertimeinstrumentalArt Pepper6:32
1957-04-10Medley: Summertime / Bess, You Is My Woman Now / Strawberry Womancover, instrumental and medleyCal Tjader Quartet11:08
1957-07-09Summertime (studio, NYC, July 9, 1957, trio)instrumentalCharles Mingus4:39
1957-08-18SummertimeLouis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald4:58
1958-08-04SummertimeMiles Davis: orchestra under the direction of Gil Evans3:18
1958-08-10Summertime (live, 1958-08-10: Mister Kelly’s, Chicago, IL, USA)cover and liveElla Fitzgerald5:01
1958-08-18Summertimecover and instrumentalMiles Davis3:20
1958-11-27SummertimeinstrumentalRed Garland Trio4:48
1958SummertimeinstrumentalMundell Lowe and His All Stars4:47
1959-01-13 – 1959-01-15SummertimeinstrumentalPercy Faith2:46
1959-01-13 – 1959-01-15SummertimeThe Bill Potts Big Band3:08
1959-01-19SummertimeinstrumentalTeddy Wilson and His Trio3:18
1959-07-14 – 1959-08-09SummertimeinstrumentalOscar Peterson2:58
1959-09-15Summertime (live, 1959-09-15: The Town Hall, New York City, NY, USA)liveNina Simone6:03
1959-09-15Summertime (instrumental) (live, 1959-09-15: The Town Hall, New York City, NY, USA)instrumental and liveNina Simone2:54
1959-09-15Summertime (vocal) (live, 1959-09-15: The Town Hall, New York City, NY, USA)liveNina Simone2:43
1959-09SummertimeliveShelly Manne & His Men12:01
1959-10-01SummertimeinstrumentalWes Montgomery4:54
1959-11-04SummertimeinstrumentalLambert, Hendricks & Ross1:46
1959-12-29SummertimeinstrumentalJames Moody2:31
1959SummertimeLena Horne3:11
1959SummertimeRay Nance, Cat Anderson3:41
1960-02-13SummertimeliveElla Fitzgerald and The Paul Smith Quartet2:58
1960-02-13SummertimeliveElla Fitzgerald3:01
1960-05-03SummertimeinstrumentalThe Gigi Gryce Quintet8:05
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