The Man That Got Away

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"The Man that Got Away" is a torch song, published in 1953 and written for the 1954 version of the film A Star Is Born.wikipedia
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"The Man that Got Away" is a torch song, published in 1953 and written for the 1954 version of the film A Star Is Born. The music was written by Harold Arlen, and the lyrics by Ira Gershwin. "The Man That Got Away" was one of several songs composed by Harold Arlen and Ira Gershwin for the 1954 film A Star is Born a vehicle for Judy Garland whom Arlen had already provided with the career-defining songs "Over the Rainbow" and "That Old Black Magic".
The song "The Man That Got Away" was ranked #11 on AFI's list of 100 top songs in films.

Harold Arlen

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"The Man that Got Away" is a torch song, published in 1953 and written for the 1954 version of the film A Star Is Born. The music was written by Harold Arlen, and the lyrics by Ira Gershwin.
Arlen composed two of the defining songs of Judy Garland's career: "Over the Rainbow" and "The Man That Got Away", the last written for the 1954 version of the film A Star Is Born.

Judy Garland

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In 2004, Judy Garland's performance of the song was selected by the American Film Institute as the eleventh greatest song in American cinema history. Judy Garland recorded "The Man That Got Away" with the Warner Bros. orchestra under the direction of Ray Heindorf using an arrangement by Skip Martin. "The Man That Got Away" was one of several songs composed by Harold Arlen and Ira Gershwin for the 1954 film A Star is Born a vehicle for Judy Garland whom Arlen had already provided with the career-defining songs "Over the Rainbow" and "That Old Black Magic".
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"The Man that Got Away" is a torch song, published in 1953 and written for the 1954 version of the film A Star Is Born. The music was written by Harold Arlen, and the lyrics by Ira Gershwin.
Three of Ira Gershwin's songs ("They Can't Take That Away From Me" (1937), "Long Ago (And Far Away)" (1944) and "The Man That Got Away" (1954)) were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song, though none won.

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Better tracks include "Over the Rainbow," "The Man That Got Away," and "Blues in the Night."

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Songs in the record range from Gershwin tunes "How Long Has This Been Going On?" and "The Man I Love" to Al Jolson's "Sonny Boy" to Judy Garland's "The Man That Got Away" to Duke Ellington's "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good".

Skip Martin

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Judy Garland recorded "The Man That Got Away" with the Warner Bros. orchestra under the direction of Ray Heindorf using an arrangement by Skip Martin.
But perhaps his greatest work was as the sole credited orchestrator for Judy Garland's comeback vehicle A Star Is Born (1954), which contains many memorable arrangements by him of Harold Arlen and Ira Gershwin ballads, principally "The Man that Got Away" and "It's a New World".

Jim Bailey (entertainer)

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His performance as Judy Garland singing "The Man that Got Away" was such a phenomenon he was asked back a couple of months later to perform as Peggy Lee.

Over the Rainbow

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"The Man That Got Away" was one of several songs composed by Harold Arlen and Ira Gershwin for the 1954 film A Star is Born a vehicle for Judy Garland whom Arlen had already provided with the career-defining songs "Over the Rainbow" and "That Old Black Magic".

That Old Black Magic

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"The Man That Got Away" was one of several songs composed by Harold Arlen and Ira Gershwin for the 1954 film A Star is Born a vehicle for Judy Garland whom Arlen had already provided with the career-defining songs "Over the Rainbow" and "That Old Black Magic".

Beverly Hills, California

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Arlen and Gershwin would collaborate on songs for A Star is Born afternoons at Gershwin's Beverly Hills mansion, Arlen being seated at a Steinway while Gershwin would work on the lyrics seated at a card table.

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Arlen and Gershwin would collaborate on songs for A Star is Born afternoons at Gershwin's Beverly Hills mansion, Arlen being seated at a Steinway while Gershwin would work on the lyrics seated at a card table.

Moss Hart

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"The Man That Got Away" was written in response to screenwriter Moss Hart's request for a "dive song".

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"The Man That Got Away" was written in response to screenwriter Moss Hart's request for a "dive song".

George Gershwin

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Ira Gershwin's wife Leonore overheard the melody Arlen was working on and opined that it sounded as if it could have been written by Gershwin's deceased collaborator and brother George Gershwin: not wanting to be an ersatz George Gershwin, Arlen swiftly began playing a melody he'd written several years previous for a song which had evidently either never been completed or left unpublished as its lyricist Johnny Mercer had penned forgettable lyrics for it.