Jan 25

Nevertheless (I’m in Love With You)

Nevertheless was composed by Harry Ruby (born January 27, 1895) with lyrics by Bert Kalmar.  Their songwriting partnership was portrayed in the 1950 MGM musical ‘Three Little Words’, starring Fred Astaire as Kalmar and Red Skelton as Ruby. I love those old ’tin-pan alley’ movies!

Notable cover versions of Nevertheless: (I especially want to track down the Telly Savalas (Kojak) version!)

The Andrews Sisters

Fred Astaire

Count Basie

Bing Crosby

Barry Manilow 

Dean Martin

Liza Minnelli

Olivia Newton-John

Andy Gibb

Harry Nilsson

Frank Sinatra 

Rod Stewart

Rudy Vallée

Betty White

Telly Savalas

Bob Dylan

Other songs by Ruby and Kalmar: “Who’s Sorry Now?”, “I Wanna Be Loved by You” (sung by Marilyn Monroe in the film Some Like It Hot), “Three Little Words”, and the television them for “The Real McCoys” (1957-1963).  They also wrote the musical scores for three classic Marx brothers films, Animal Crackers, Horse Feathers and Duck Soup which Included the classics “Hello I Must Be Gong”, “Whatever It Is, I’m Against It”, and “Everyone Says I Love You!” 

Bosendorfer piano sound – For this recording I’m playing a Yamaha Clavinova – which has the same keyboard action as a traditional acoustic piano, but there are no strings. Pressing a key activates (in this case) a sound which was sampled from a Bösendorfer Imperial Concert Grand piano. Try listening to it with a good set of headphones! It sounds better than any piano I’ve ever owned!!