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“Summertime,” Anne Brown

Brown played Bess in the Broadway premier of Porgy and Bess.

“Summertime,” Diahann Carroll

This rendition is from the 1959 Otto Preminger production of Porgy and Bess.

“Summertime,” Ella Fitzgerald

The First Lady of Song gave the song a jazz twist in this performance.

"Summertime,” Billie Holiday

Lady Day recorded this Dixielandish rendition less than a year after the opera premiered in 1935.

“Summertime,” Janis Joplin

Big Brother and the Holding Company recorded the song for their 1968 album, Cheap Thrills.

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