Although a timeless song, I’ve long associated the Gershwin brothers’ OUR LOVE IS HERE TO STAY with New Years. And, like many of the great standards, this song has been oft recorded, in this case by some of the greatest singers we’ve ever had.
While there’s no bettering Sinatra’s, Fitzgerald’s or even Clooney’s versions of this great ballad, I’ve also had a special shine for Dinah Washington’s 1954 version. This brassiest of band singers somehow strikes just a perfect blend between her signature declamatory ring and fine subtlety. It’s beautiful, moving and memorable – and one of Dinah Washington’s best. Just listen to how she manages that lyric, “… but, oh, my dear …”
Enjoy & Happy 2015.
Sean O’Meara performs his “American Songbook Gold” around Southern California with original arrangements by Ed Martel of some of America’s greatest songs.
Sean O’Meara | singer | private, corporate entertainment | party singer | Los Angeles