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Hyperion Records

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Photograph by Nigel Luckhurst.
Track(s) taken from CDH55422
Recording details: June 1988
Wigmore Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: April 1989
Total duration: 2 minutes 38 seconds

'Brings the house down' (Gramophone)

'One of the happiest records you could wish to find, as well as one of the funniest' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'I guarantee you will listen to this at one sitting because you just can't bear to turn it off' (Which CD)

They all laughed
First line:
The odds were a hundred to one against me
composer
author of text

Introduction
Gershwin’s first film score after arriving in Hollywood was the Astaire-Rogers Shall we Dance? Among the hits was They all laughed—a song that still packs a punch, even though some of its topical references have now faded into obscurity. (Who is Whitney with his cotton gin—or Fulton and his steam­boat?) The lyrics are by George’s brother Ira.

from notes by Roger Vignoles 1988

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