Summertime is from the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin. It was originally recorded by Abbie Mitchell in 1935 and was first a hit for Billie Holiday in 1936 and has been recorded more than 25,000 times. It is a lullaby that describes life as being easy and that the baby is privileged. Janis‘ version is generally considered to be amongst the best version of the song, where she adds to the blues feel of the song. This video is taken from a live performance recorded in Stockholm, Sweden for Swedish TV in 1969.
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