1. "Manhattan" by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart from Garrick Gaieties
In 1925, Rodgers and Hart had their first Broadway hit with Garrick Gaieties, which introduced the standard, "Manhattan." It's 89 years later and there's still no better song about summer or New York City — or especially summer in New York City. Rodgers's melody is romantically dreamy, yet has a pace to it, like a walk through town, and Hart's lyrics are a brilliantly rhymed paean to the pleasures of city life. A bonafide treasure of the Great American Songbook, there have been hundreds of recordings, but the best has to be Ella Fitzgerald's for "Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Rodgers and Hart Song Book."
(Ben Rimalower is the author and original star of the critically acclaimed Patti Issues,andnbsp;currently on a worldwide tour. Read more about the solo show here. Visit him at benrimalower.com and follow @benrimalower on Twitter.)
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