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George Gershwin ( 1898-1937 )

One of the best-known and most gifted of all American composers. Born Jacob Gershwin in Brooklyn, New York on September 26, 1898, the son of Russian-Jewish immigrant parents whose original name had been Gershovitz, he and his older brother, Ira (see below), would collaborate on more than 20 Broadway musicals and films, becoming one of the most popular song writing teams of American popular music. George Gershwin began studying piano at age 12, and by 1914 he was working at the Jerome Remick publishing house. He published his first song in 1916, "When You Want 'Em You Can't Get 'Em". His first major success was the song "Swanee", performed by Al Jolson in the musical Sinbad (1919). In the early 1920s, he supplied most of the music for George White's Scandals. In 1924, he wrote one of his best-known works, "Rhapsody in Blue". The same year saw his first major Broadway success, "Fascinating Rhythm" and "Oh, Lady, Be Good", for Lady Be Good, also his first major collaboration with his brother, Ira. In the next few years, they went on to create the music for some of the biggest shows on Broadway, including Tip-Toes (1925), Oh, Kay! (1926), Strike Up the Band (1927), Funny Face (1927) and Girl Crazy (1930). His biggest success, Porgy and Bess, came in 1935. Other major works include "Piano Concerto in F Major" (1925), "Preludes" (1926), "An American in Paris" (1928) and "Second Rhapsody" (1931). George Gershwin died in Hollywood on July 11, 1937. The Warner Brothers film Rhapsody in Blue (1945), though not totally accurate, is a tribute to the works of George and Ira Gershwin.

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