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George Gershwin *

a.k.a. Jacob Gershowitz

Author Code: AGGX

Born: Sep. 26, 1898 - Brooklyn, New York, USA

Died: Jul. 11, 1937 - Beverly Hills, California, USA

Gershwin left school at 15 to join one of Tin Pan Alley's music publishers as a song-plugger. Interested in music from early childhood, he studied music under Charles Hambitzer in New York. In 1916, he published his first song, When You Want 'Em You Can't Get 'Em, which didn't go very well and over the next couple of years he toured the vaudeville circuit as a pianist while continuing to compose. In 1919, he produced his first Broadway show, La, La, Lucille, which was fairly successful, running for a hundred performances, but even more importantly, Al Jolson used Gershwin's Swanee on his tour and the recording was an instant success. Gershwin worked with George White on his Scandals for the next five years and both his fame and fortune grew. In 1922, he produced Blue Monday, a one-act opera which showed that Gershwin was equally adept at serious music. His brother Ira, already a successful lyricist, joined George and together they became the most prolific songwriting team in America. During the 20's and 30's, Gershwin went from success to success with musicals such as Strike Up the Band, Girl Crazy, Delicious, Of Thee I Sing, Lady Be Good and Porgy and Bess. Of Thee I Sing even won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932 for musical drama. In 1935, he moved to Hollywood and began to write for films, producing Shall We Dance and A Damsel in Distress for Fred Astaire. At the beginning of 1937, he began to experience severe headaches and olfactory sensations. He lapsed into a coma in July and a brain tumour was diagnosed which proved to be fatal and he died after the operation, a couple of months short of his 39th birthday. In addition to the hundreds of songs he produced in his altogether short career, Gershwin wrote some extremely memorable serious music such as Rhapsody in Blue (1924), Piano Concerto in F (1925), American in Paris and Cuban Overture (1932).

eBook Code Title/Sub-Title Pub. Yr Pages File Size Type Download Format Find Printed Copy
AGGX014 Clap Yo' Hands 1926 3 1670k Music Score Download PDF - 'Clap Yo' Hands' (AGGX014)
AGGX015 Do Do Do 1926 3 1710k Music Score Download PDF - 'Do Do Do' (AGGX015)
AGGX010 Do It Again 1922 3 1777k Music Score Download PDF - 'Do It Again' (AGGX010)
AGGX001 Fascinating Rhythm 1924 3 1791k Music Score Download PDF - 'Fascinating Rhythm' (AGGX001)
AGGX004 I Got Rhythm 1930 5 3314k Music Score Download PDF - 'I Got Rhythm' (AGGX004)
AGGX009 I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise 1922 3 1464k Music Score Download PDF - 'I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise' (AGGX009)
AGGX007 Liza 1929 6 4124k Music Score Download PDF - 'Liza' (AGGX007)
AGGX005 The Man I Love 1924 4 2886k Music Score Download PDF - 'The Man I Love' (AGGX005)
AGGX016 My One and Only 1927 3 1747k Music Score Download PDF - 'My One and Only' (AGGX016)
AGGX002 Oh, Lady Be Good 1924 3 1676k Music Score Download PDF - 'Oh, Lady Be Good' (AGGX002)
AGGX013 'S Wonderful 1927 3 1611k Music Score Download PDF - ''S Wonderful' (AGGX013)
AGGX003 Somebody Loves Me 1924 3 1640k Music Score Download PDF - 'Somebody Loves Me' (AGGX003)
AGGX011 Strike Up the Band 1927 3 1846k Music Score Download PDF - 'Strike Up the Band' (AGGX011)
AGGX008 Sweet and Low Down 1925 3 1908k Music Score Download PDF - 'Sweet and Low Down' (AGGX008)
AGGX006 That Certain Feeling 1925 3 1685k Music Score Download PDF - 'That Certain Feeling' (AGGX006)
AGGX017 Three Preludes 1926 12 3710k Music Score Download PDF - 'Three Preludes' (AGGX017)
AGGX012 Who Cares? 1931 3 1653k Music Score Download PDF - 'Who Cares?' (AGGX012)

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