‘I Got Rhythm,’ Sarah Vaughan

Sarah Vaughan's 1963 album "Sweet 'n' Sassy" included her powerhouse rendition of "I Got Rhythm."

Sarah Vaughan’s 1963 album “Sweet ‘n’ Sassy” included her powerhouse rendition of “I Got Rhythm.”

Sarah Vaughan was born in Newark on March 27, 1924, and to commemorate the 91st anniversary of her birth, today’s pick for 350 Jersey Songs is her powerhouse rendition of George and Ira Gershwin’s “I Got Rhythm,” from her 1963 album, “Sweet ‘n’ Sassy” (which was mostly more mellow than this hard-driving tune would suggest).

One of Vaughan’s nicknames, of course, was Sassy. She died in 1990, at the age of 66.

Vaughan was, earlier, represented in the 350 Jersey Songs series by “I’ve Got the World on a String.”

New Jersey celebrated its 350th birthday last year. And in the 350 Jersey Songs series, we are marking the occasion by posting 350 songs — one a day, for almost a year — that have something to do with the state, its musical history, or both. We started in September 2014, and will keep going until late in the summer.

If you would like to suggest any songs to be included, please let me know in the comments section underneath the video. And if you want to see the entire list, either alphabetically or in the order the songs were selected, click here.


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