This week on American Routes Shortcuts, we bask in the summer heat and listen to our favorite versions of the George Gershwin classic, “Summertime,” from the 1934 opera Porgy and Bess.
Nick Spitzer: It is one of the most covered tunes in the American Songbook, with over 30,000 renditions. “Summertime” was composed by George Gershwin and novelist DuBose Heyword in 1934, for the opera Porgy and Bess. To flesh out the scenes and sounds of the DuBose Heyword novel, the composer went into the field. Jeffrey Melnick.