Love Is Here To Stay

This week’s Friday Cocktail Hour post is dedicated to new kitty Perry Mason. Claire Trevor has decided we can keep him. Thanks, Claire.

Love Is Here To Stay was written by George and Ira Gershwin in 1938 for the movie The Goldwyn Follies. It’s also known as Our Love Is Here To Stay. It picked up the our after the 1951 Oscar winner An American In Paris.

We begin with the best, Frank Sinatra:

Here’s a double dose of Ella. First with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra followed by a version with Louis Armstrong.

Here’s the tiny-voiced diva with the big piano sound, Blossom Dearie. That’s her real name, y’all.

I mentioned the Our thing. Here’s where that started:

Joe Williams and Bill Basie had a long and productive musical partnership.

It’s time for the pride of the 13th Ward, Aaron Neville:

What would a Friday Cocktail Hour be without a jazz instrumental version of the week’s song? This time, guitar great Barney Kessel, Gene Krupa, and FCH regular, Oscar Peterson.

Have I told you lately how much I love Oscar Peterson? It’s very clear.

That’s it for this week. I propose a toast to the Gershwin brothers. It’s what Bogie, Betty, and Frank would want. Never argue with them.