A song composed by George Gershwin with lyrics by Ira Gershwin and Gus Kahn, it was introduced in 1929 by Ruby Keeler in Florenz Ziegfeld’s musical Show Girl. The stage performances were accompanied by the Duke Ellington Orchestra. On the show’s opening night, Keeler’s husband Al Jolson suddenly stood up from his seat in the third row and sang a chorus of the song, much to the surprise of the audience and Gershwin himself. Jolson later recorded the song, and his rendition rose to number nine on the charts.
In the latest installment of the Entertainment Plus Creations Al Jolson Project, Larry DeAngelo sings this somewhat lesser-known gem from the Jolson legacy. You can listen to this just-released Liza by clicking here (where you can download for $0.99 or listen for free by scrolling to the bottom).
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