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Stairway to Paradise

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Wikipedia article

"'Stairway to Paradise'", also known as "'I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise'", is a song composed in 1922 by George Gershwin with lyrics by Ira Gershwin (under the name Arthur Francis) and Buddy DeSylva (under the name of B. G. De Sylva) for the Broadway revue 'George White's Scandals'. Popular recordings in 192223 were by Carl Fenton; Paul Whiteman; and by Ben Selvin.


The lyrics make it clear that the "steps" on the stairway are dance steps.

Other recordings

*Sarah Vaughan 'Sarah Vaughan Sings George Gershwin' (1958)

*Pat Boone on his 1958 album 'Yes Indeed!'

*Frankie Vaughan 'Frankie Vaughan at the London Palladium' (1959).

*Liza Minnelli 'There Is a Time' (1966)

*Joel Grey 'Only the Beginning' (1967).

*Featured on the tribute album 'The Glory of Gershwin' (1994), a compilation of Gershwin tunes produced by "Fifth Beatle" George Martin to honour Larry Adler, a lifelong friend of Gershwin, on his 80th birthday. Issy Van Randwyck performs the song.

*Michael Feinstein 'Michael & George: Feinstein Sings Gershwin' (1998)

*Nancy Sinatra on her 2013 album 'Shifting Gears'.

*Michael Ball and Alfie Boe 'Together' (2016)

*Harpers Bizarre - The Secret Life of Harpers Bizarre 1968 album

Popular culture

*In the 1951 American film musical 'An American in Paris' it was performed by Georges Gutary, where it was entitled "I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise".

*The song is heard in the 2004 Howard Hughes biopic 'The Aviator', being sung by Rufus Wainwright, in a scene at the Cocoanut Grove night club set in 1927.


Category:1923 singles

Category:Songs with lyrics by Ira Gershwin

Category:Songs with music by George Gershwin

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