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IRA GERSHWIN  

(1896 - 1983)

Ira Gershwin possessed the wit and genius as a lyricist to match that of his composer brother George. Such songs as “A Foggy Day,” “The Man I Love,” and “Love Is Here to Stay” represent the best of America’s music. Although older than George, Ira came to musical theater after George had enjoyed success, so he took the pen name of Arthur Francis and had his first Broadway hit with Vincent Youmans, Two Little Girls In Blue (1921).

The brothers formed a partnership that produced musicals with hits such as “Fascinatin’ Rhythm” (Lady Be Good, 1924), “Someone to Watch Over Me” (Oh, Kay! 1926) “S’Wonderful” (Funny Face, 1927), and “But Not for Me,” “Embraceable You,” and “I Got Rhythm” (Girl Crazy, 1930). In 1931 Of Thee I Sing won the first Pulitzer Prize ever awarded to a musical.

The first American opera, Porgy and Bess(1935), on which they collaborated with Du Bose Heyward, was full of memorable songs such as “Summertime.” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” from the Astaire/Rogers film Shall We Dance? (1937), was nominated for a Best Song Oscar.

George died suddenly in 1938 and a grief stricken Ira took a break from writing. But in 1941 he returned to work with Kurt Weill on Lady in the Dark, introducing “My Ship.” His film credits include Cover Girl with Jerome Kern (1944), which won the Oscar for Best Score and introduced “Long Ago and Far Away,” and A Star Is Born with Harold Arlen in which Judy Garland memorialized “The Man That Got Away,” nominated for Best Song of 1954.

Ira’s work was honored by a performance at Carnegie Hall in 1996 and by a star on the Walk of Fame in 1998. A film, Rhapsody in Blue (1945), rhapsodizes the brothers’ lives.

-- Sandra Burlingame

Courtesy of JazzStandards.com

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8.120501
Nostalgia
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Jazz
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Vocal, Musicals
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8.120582
Jazz
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8.120545
Nostalgia
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8.120534
Nostalgia
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8.102002
Jazz
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8.120512
Jazz
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8.120763
Nostalgia
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Jazz
Role: Lyricist 
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8.120815
Jazz
ARMY BLUES JAZZ ENSEMBLE: 25th Anniversary Concert (The) Altissimo
75442260622
Contemporary Jazz
ASTAIRE, Fred: Fascinating Rhythm (1923-1930) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120501
Nostalgia
ASTAIRE, Fred: Top Hat (A Jazz Tribute to Fred Astaire) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90319
Contemporary Jazz
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DVWW-JICOB
Jazz DVD
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8.120873-74
Opera, Nostalgia, Opera
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EUCD2231
World
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8.120574
Jazz
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75442270782
Choral - Secular
CLASSIC COLLECTION - GERSHWIN, G.: Rhapsody in Blue / Piano Concerto / An American in Paris / Cuban Overture / Porgy and Bess (excerpts) Capriccio
C51156
Opera
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8.120625
Jazz
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8.120897
Nostalgia
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PCD165
Contemporary Jazz
FARDAL, Anders / MOSETTI, Luciano: Ela Prophone
PCD141
Contemporary Jazz
GARNER, Erroll: Standards (1945-1949) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120661
Jazz
GERSHWIN, G.: Band Music Arrangements (United States Army Concert Band, Rotondi, Jr.) Altissimo
75442270732
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
GERSHWIN, G.: Porgy and Bess (arr. A. Litton) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90223
Opera
GERSHWIN, G.: 'S Wonderful - Songs of George Gershwin (1929-1949) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120828
Nostalgia
GERSHWIN: Porgy and Bess (Original Cast Recordings) (1935-1942) Naxos Historical
8.110219-20
Opera
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8.110287-88
Opera
HÄSSLÖBRASSET: Messing Around Prophone
PCD149
Contemporary Jazz
HAWKINS, Coleman: Hawk In the 30s (1933-1939) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120626
Jazz
HOLIDAY, Billie: Easy Living (1935-1939) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120545
Nostalgia
HOLIDAY, Billie: Trav'lin' Light (1940-1944) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120701
Jazz
HOLIDAY, Billie: You're My Thrill (1944-1949) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120750
Jazz
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8.102002
Nostalgia, Jazz
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PROP9928
Opera
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8.120775
Nostalgia
KENTON, Stan: MacGregor Transcriptions, Vol. 5 (1944-1945) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120714
Jazz
KERN, J.: Songs (Can't Help Singing - A New Look at Jerome Kern Classics) (Voices of Ascension, Keene) Delos
DE3224
Choral - Secular
KERN: The Song Is You (1925-1945) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120827
Nostalgia
KING COLE TRIO: Transcriptions, Vol. 3 (1939) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120629
Jazz
KING, Teddi: Miss Teddi King, 'Round Midnight (1953, 1954) Naxos Jazz Archives
9.81156JZ
Jazz
KURT EDELHAGEN ORCHESTRA: Big Bands Live SWR Jazzhaus
101742
Jazz
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8.120560
Nostalgia
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PCD164
Contemporary Jazz
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PCD194
Contemporary Jazz
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PCD038
Contemporary Jazz
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PCD055
Contemporary Jazz
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PCD071
Contemporary Jazz
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8.120734
Jazz
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OC516
Choral - Secular
SOUNDS OF SUMMER ARC
EUCD2600
World
STAMP, J.: In this hid clearing… / COPLAND, A.: Lincoln Portrait / GERSHWIN, G.: Catfish Row (University of Missouri Symphonic Wind Ensemble) Naxos
8.572108
Vocal
THEMES OF THE BIG BANDS: Let's Dance! (1934-1947) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120536
Jazz
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8.120854-55
Nostalgia
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75442260202
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
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75442262252
Contemporary Jazz
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75442260052
Contemporary Jazz
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND: Proud Sounds Altissimo
75442262472
Contemporary Jazz
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE SINGING SERGEANTS: Higher We Fly (The) Altissimo
75442262052
Contemporary Jazz
UNITED STATES ARMY BAND "PERSHING'S OWN": Greatest Hits Altissimo
75442259942
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
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75442262162
Contemporary Jazz
VALENTE, Caterina: Jazz Singer (The) (1954-1955) SWR Jazzhaus
JAH-467
Jazz
Vocal and Orchestral Music - GERSHWIN, G. / LEHÁR, F. / ZEMLINSKY, A. (Leichte Muse) (Raimondi, Junge Philharmonie Wien, Lessky) Gramola Records
Gramola99173
Vocal
Vocal Ensemble Arrangements - KOSMA, J. / SJÖBERG, C.L. / DENZA, L. / ROSSINI, G. / PESTALOZZA, A. (Björling Quartet, Lind) Swedish Society
SLT33208
Opera
Vocal Recital: Allen, Thomas Michael - BEETHOVEN, L. van / FAURÉ, G. / ZEMLINSKY, A. / BRITTEN, B. / BARBER, S. / EISLER, H. / WEILL, K. (Far Away) Capriccio
C5194
Vocal
Vocal Recital: Blue, Angel - GERSHWIN, G. / HEGGIE, J. / LISZT, F. / LUNA, P. / ADOLPHE, B. / CYMBALA, C. (Joy Alone) Opus Arte
OACD9020D
Opera
Vocal Recital: Kammer, Salome - WEILL, K. / EISLER, H. / SPRING, R. (I'm a Stranger Here Myself) Capriccio
C5154
Musicals, Vocal
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Vocal
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ODE968-2
Vocal
Vocal Recital: Proll, Nina - EISLER, H. / HOLLAENDER, F. / WEILL, K. / NIEMEN, C. (Lieder eines armen Mädchens) Gramola Records
Gramola99006
Vocal
WE CAN DO IT! - Celebrating Women in WWII Altissimo
75442272022
Contemporary Jazz
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C60091
Opera
WEILL: Mack The Knife - Songs of Kurt Weill (1929-1956) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120831
Musicals
WILEY, Lee: Lee Wiley sings Rodgers and Hart and Night in Manhattan (1947-1954) Naxos Jazz Archives
9.81154JZ
Jazz
WILFER, Rudi: Allein Gramola Records
Gramola98830
Contemporary Jazz




 
 
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