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It Ainít Necessarily So

From the musical

Porgy and Bess



Music by George Gershwin, Lyrics by Ira Gershwin

The song comes from the Gershwins' opera Porgy and Bess where it is sung by the character Sportin' Life, a drug dealer, who expresses his doubt about several statements in the Bible. Early charted versions were by Leo Reisman (1935) and by Bing Crosby (1936).[2] The song was notably sung by Aretha Franklin and Bobby Darin on his 1959 album That's All, and Aretha also recorded it for her album "Aretha (with the Ray Bryant Combo)". It was covered a number of times during the Rock era. It was included as an album track by The Honeycombs on their debut-album, The Honeycombs in 1964. Released as a single, the song was a major Australian hit in 1965 for singer Normie Rowe, reaching number 5 on the Australian singles charts. Also in 1965 The Moody Blues covered the song for their album, The Magnificent Moodies. The Moody Blues' version is notable for the fact that it was their first recording with band member Ray Thomas singing the lead vocals.

    Release Date: 1935

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