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'The Half of it, Dearie' Blues

'The Half of it, Dearie' Blues

"'The Half of it, Dearie' Blues" is a song composed by George Gershwin, with lyrics by Ira Gershwin. It was introduced by Fred Astaire and Kathlene Martyn in the 1924 musical Lady be Good.[1]

"'The Half of It, Dearie' Blues"
Song by Fred Astaire and Kathlene Martyn
Released1924 (1924)
Composer(s)George Gershwin
Lyricist(s)Ira Gershwin


  • Fred Astaire with George Gershwin at the piano - Fred Astaire - Complete London Sessions. In this first ever recording of the number, on April 19, 1926, Astaire includes a short tap-dancing section and asks Gershwin: "How's that, George," to which Gershwin replies: "That's fine, Freddy, keep going."

  • Ella Fitzgerald - Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Songbook (1959)


Citation Linkopenlibrary.orgBillman, Larry (1997). Fred Astaire - A Bio-bibliography. Connecticut: Greenwood Press. p. 57. ISBN 0-313-29010-5.
Sep 18, 2019, 4:15 AM
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