March 11: Bob Dylan performing “Soon” (George & Ira Gershwin) – 1987

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“Soon” is a 1927 song composed by George Gershwin, with lyrics by Ira Gershwin.
It was introduced by Helen Gilligan and Jerry Goff in the 1930 revision of the musical Strike Up the Band.Notable recordings:

  • Sarah Vaughan – In the Land of Hi-Fi (1955)
  • Ella Fitzgerald – Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Songbook (1959)
  • Oscar Peterson – The Trio (1961)
  • Sammy Davis, Jr. – The Wham of Sam! (1961)

Soon [all the] nights they will be ended,
Soon, all true love will be so splen-did.
I’ve found the happiness I’ve waited for.
The only girl that I was waiting for.

Brooklyn Academy Of Music
New York City, New York
11 March 1987
George Gershwin Celebration Concert

bob dylan gershwin gala 1987

let’s enjoy a version by Ella Fitzgerald as well:

Soon the lonely nights will be ended,
Soon, two hearts as one will be blended.
I’ve found the happiness I’ve waited for.
The only girl that I was fated for.

Ella Fitzgerald:

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-Egil

4 thoughts on “March 11: Bob Dylan performing “Soon” (George & Ira Gershwin) – 1987”

  1. Well, of the two versions offered here, I’d have to vote an enthusiastic thumbs up for Bob’s version (of course, I’m certifiable where Bob’s concerned).

    And, as long as we’re throwing out opinions here, I think What’ll I Do, Old Man River, and Autumn Leaves are all pretty awesome on the new album. Whoever dubbed him “Great White Wonder” wasn’t far off.

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