All God’s Chillun Got Rhythm

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PROFILE
Composers Walter Jurmann, Bronislaw Kaper
Lyricist Gus Kahn
Year Written 1937
About All God’s Chillun Got Rhythm
This song was written for the vocalist Ivie Anderson to sing in the 1937 Marx Brothers movie A Day at the Races. Miss Anderson recorded the song that year, as did Judy Garland, Duke Ellington and Artie Shaw. Though not often heard, the song had great popularity as a jazz standard, with recordings by Stan Getz, Lionel Hampton and Jimmy Rushing, among others.

Lyrics

Chillun’, listen here to me
This is my philosophy
To see me through the day
To scare my cares away

All God’s Chillun Got Rhythm
All God’s Chillun got swing
Maybe haven’t got money
Maybe haven’t got shoes
All God’s Chillun Got Rhythm
For to push away the blues
Yeah !

All God’s Chillun got trouble
Trouble don’t mean a thing
When they start to go ho ho ho de ho
Troubles bound to go ‘way, say!

All God’s Chillun Got Swing.

Session / Album Information

1998

“All God’s Chillun Got Rhythm” was recorded in June 1998 and released that same year on the album The Playground.

This recording released on:

  • 1998: Columbia CD: CK 69380 —The Playground
  • 2011: Disc #64 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK62) The Playground

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