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George Gershwin

George Gershwin

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Also Known As: Died: July 11, 1937
Born: September 26, 1898 Cause of Death: brain tumor
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: Music ...
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Family moved frequently when Gershwin was growing up; as his father landed a new job, the family changed residences so he could walk to work
1910:
Family purchased a piano; began to take lessons
1913:
Worked for the summer playing piano at a resort in the Catskills
1914:
Professional debut as a pianist, performed at the Finlay Club; arranged by Ira
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Worked as a song plugger at Remick's
1915:
Began making piano rolls; also played piano at nightclubs
1916:
First published song "When You Want 'Em, You Can't Get 'Em, When You've Got 'Em, You Don't Want 'Em" (lyric by Murray Roth); earned five dollars for the song
1916:
First song on Broadway "The Runaway Girl" in "The Passing Show of 1916"
1917:
Served as rehearsal pianist for the show "Miss 1917"
1918:
Toured with Louise Dresser as her accompanist
1918:
Signed to a contract as staff composer with Harms Publishing Co.
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Contributed several songs to the unsuccessful stage musical "Half Past Eight"
1919:
First complete score for a Broadway musical "La La Lucille"
1920:
Al Jolson interpolated the Gershwin song "Swanee" into "Sinbad"; first hit song
1920:
Provided songs for editions of "George White's Scandals"
1921:
First stage musical written with brother Ira (who used the pen name Arthur Francis), "A Dangerous Maid"
1922:
Wrote first opera, "Blue Monday"; a failure it was dropped from the "Scandals"
1922:
Initial stage collaboration with Fred and Adele Astaire, contributed songs to "For Goodness Sake"
1923:
First film score, "The Sunshine Trail"
1924:
Paul Whiteman and his orchestra introduced "Rhapsody in Blue" as part of "An Experiment in Modern Music at Aeolian Hall" in NYC
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With brother Ira, wrote stage musical "Lady, Be Good"; production starred the Astaires; song "The Man I Love" cut during the pre-Broadway tour
1925:
Made the cover of TIME magazine (July)
1925:
Commissioned by the Symphonic Society of New York to write "The Concerto in F"
1926:
Had stage hit with "Oh, Kay!"
1927:
Had failure with first version of "Strike Up the Band" (written with Ira)
1927:
Bounced back with a reteaming with the Astaires, "Funny Face"
1928:
"An American in Paris" debuted at Carnegie Hall in December
1929:
Debut as symphony conductor
1930:
Had Broadway hit with "Girl Crazy", starring Ethel Merman and Ginger Rogers
1930:
With brother Ira, signed contract to write songs for the Fox feature "Delicious"
1931:
Premiered the political satire "Of Thee I Sing"
1932:
Debuted "Second Rhapsody" at the Boston Symphony; played piano
1932:
Composed "Cuban Overture"
1932:
"Of Thee I Sing" became first musical to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Drama
1933:
Had flops with "Pardon My English" and "Let 'Em Eat Cake", the sequel to "Of Thee I Sing"
1934:
Hosted the NYC-based radio program "Music By Gershwin"
1935:
"Porgy and Bess" debuted at the Alvin Theater
1935:
Formed Gershwin Publishing Co.
1935:
Signed to a contract by RKO
1936:
Moved to L.A.
1937:
Provided the songs to "Shall We Dance" and "A Damsel in Distress", both starring Fred Astaire; earned Oscar nomination for the song "They Can't Take That Away From Me" from the former
1937:
Underwent brain surgery to remove a tumor; died on July 11
1937:
Posthumous exhibition of paintings
1938:
Last songs "Love Walked In" and "Love Is Here to Stay", included in "The Goldwyn Follies"
1945:
Portrayed by Robert Alda in the studio biopic "Rhapsody in Blue"
1951:
Vincente Minnelli's "An American in Paris" used his musical suite as the basis of an original film musical teaming Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron
1957:
"Funny Face" filmed with a revised story, teaming Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn
1959:
Feature adaptation of "Porgy and Bess" released, directed by Otto Preminger

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