Porgy and Bess — Introduction and Summertime Aria

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

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

One of these mornings
You’re going to rise up singing
Then you’ll spread your wings
And you’ll take to the sky

But till that morning
There’s a’nothing can harm you
With daddy and mamma standing by

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

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

Annie Wiggings Brown    Summertime Aria — Porgy and Bess — George Gershwin

“Introduction” and “Summertime” From the Opera, “Porgy and Bess” Music by George Gershwin Lyrics by Du Bose Heyward and Ira Gershwin Featuring Anne Brown, soprano Accompanied by the Decca Symphony Orchestra Directed by Alexander Smallens Recorded May 15, 1940 Decca 29067A
George Gershwin’s “American Folk Opera” Porgy and Bess opened on Broadway on October 10, 1935, in the middle of the Great Depression and closed after only 124 performances on January 25, 1936. In May 1940, Decca Records assembled some of the members of the original cast, including Todd Duncan and Anne Brown, who had played the title characters, for a recording session that produced a 78 rpm album of selections from the score.
Anne Wiggins Brown (born Annie Wiggins Brown August 9, 1912 – died March 13, 2009) was an African American soprano who created the role of “Bess” in the original production of George Gershwin’s folk opera Porgy and Bess in 1935. She was also a radio and concert singer. She settled in Norway in her 30’s and later became a Norwegian citizen.

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