Ella Fitzgerald Sings ‘Summertime’ by George Gershwin, Berlin 1968

Here’s a beautiful performance by Ella Fitzgerald of “Summertime,” the famous lullaby from the 1935 George Gershwin opera Porgy and Bess. The lyrics are by DuBose Heyward, who wrote the novel the opera is based on.

Summertime,
And the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’
And the cotton is high

Oh, your daddy’s rich
And your mamma’s good lookin’
So hush little baby
Don’t you cry

It was filmed on February 11, 1968 at the Deutschlandhalle in Berlin. Fitzgerald was on a 21-city tour of Eastern and Western Europe, presented by Norman Granz. She was accompanied by the Tee Carson Trio, with Carson on piano, Keter Betts on bass and Joe Harris on drums.

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  1. Nancy Redding says . . . | February 12, 2013 / 5:27 pm

    Thank you.

  2. Dindy says . . . | February 13, 2013 / 3:03 am

    Outstanding. This is one of my all-time favorite songs and Ella just made it even better. Thanks – you made my day.

  3. Oswin A. Sewer, Sr. says . . . | April 25, 2013 / 6:49 am

    Great musical performances live on and on and on.

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