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Photo: Paul McCartney and John Lennon performing “All You Need Is Love” (Apple Corps; screen shot) | Editor’s note: This is an article that you NEED to read and take a listen to the videos! || By Martin Chilton, | From the Jazz Age through to modern rock, great songwriting partnerships, including Lennon–McCartney, Bacharach-David, and Leiber-Stoller, have provided some of popular music’s finest moments.

Here is our pick of eight of the best, with a selected track for each…

George and Ira Gershwin
Few songwriting partnerships have managed to give a musical identity to a time as successfully as George and Ira Gershwin did with their sumptuous tunes during America’s Jazz Age, in the 1920s. Among the instantly recognizable compositions from these sons of Russian Jewish immigrants are “I Got Rhythm,” “The Man I Love” and “Someone to Watch Over Me,” a track sung with such style by both Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra. The opening clarinet glissando to “Rhapsody In Blue” is still capable of bringing tingles to the spine. The Gershwins wrote more than two dozen scores for Hollywood films and Broadway musicals, and both songwriters were awarded Congressional Gold Medals for songwriting.

Selected track: “Embraceable You” (1928)
“Embraceable You” was originally written for an unpublished operetta called East Is West and the classic version by jazz singer Billie Holiday was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 2005.
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● Gerry Goffin and Carole King
● Burt Bacharach and Hal David
● Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Brian Holland
● John Lennon and Paul McCartney
● Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
● Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
● Barrett Strong and Norman Whitfield
● Elton John and Bernie Taupin

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