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How Long Has This Been Going On?

Lyrics:Ira Gershwin
Music:George Gershwin

The song was publishe 1927.

“How Long Has This Been Going On?” was originally written
as a duet by George and Ira Gershwin for a Broadway show called Smarty.
It was a song for Adele Astaire and Jack Buchanan
on the occasion of their first kiss.
According to lyricist Ira Gershwin in his book Lyrics on Several Occasions,
the musical received a lukewarm reception at the Philadelphia preview.
Two weeks later the song was dropped from the show
and replaced by “He Loves and She Loves”
(“not as good a song as the former,” says Gershwin,
“but one that managed to get over.”) In his book Ira Gershwin:
The Art of the Lyricist Philip Furia says the song was dropped
because it was not in the vocal range of Allen Kearns
(mistakenly referred to as “Alex” in Furia’s book)
who replaced Stanley Ridges in the starring role.

After many changes in the book, the music, and the cast,
Smarty became Funny Face, which featured both Adele and Fred Astaire.
The show opened for a successful run of 244 performances
on November 27, 1927, but without
“How Long Has This Been Going On?” However, Ira credits
the origin of the song to Funny Face in his book.
Other hits from the show included the title cut,
“S’Wonderful,” “My One and Only,” and “High Hat,”
which featured Fred Astaire wearing top hat and tails in a solo tap dance.
“This would become his trade mark, especially in the movies,”
says William G. Hyland in The Song Is Ended:
Songwriters and American Music, 1900-1950.

Funny Face

'Neath the stars, at bazaars
Often I've had to caress men
Five or ten, dollars then, I'd collect from all those yes-men
Don't be sad, I must add, that they meant no more than chess-men

Darling, can't you see?
'Twas for charity?
Though these lips have made slips, it was never really serious
Who'd have thought, I'd be brought to a state that's so delirious?

I could cry salty tears
Where have I been all these years?
Little wow, tell me now
How long has this been goin' on?

There were chills up my spine
And some thrills I can't define
Listen sweet, I repeat
How long has this been goin' on?

Oh, I feel that I could melt
Into heaven I'm hurled
I know how Columbus felt
Finding another world

Kiss me once, then once more
What a dunce I was before
What a break, for heaven's sake
How long has this been goin' on?

Kiss me twice, once more, thrice, make it four

What a break, for heaven's sake
How long has this been goin' on?

Fred Astaire(How Long Has This Been Going On?)
Fred Astaire

Ella Fitzgerald(How Long Has This Been Going On?)
Ella Fitzgerald

Sarah Vaughan(How Long Has This Been Going On?)
Sarah Vaughan

Gloria Estefan(How Long Has This Been Going On?)
Gloria Estefan

Karrin Allyson(How Long Has This Been Going On?)
Karrin Allyson

Audrey Hepburn & Fred Astaire

Ella Fitzgerald

Sarah Vaughan

Gloria Estefan

Karin Allison

Chet Baker

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"When you hear music, after it's over, it's gone in the air.
You can never capture it again. "

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