Honoring George Gershwin

He was born Jacob Gershowitz in Brooklyn, New York on the 26th day of September in 1898.  The younger brother of lyricist Ira Gershwin, Jacob, who changed his name to “George” to go with the new last name both brothers adopted, would be considered by some to be the greatest American composer of the 20th Century.  In honor of George Gershwin’s outstanding talent following are a few performances of his music by some of the greatest interpreters of song the world has ever known.

  • George Gershwin was only 25-years-old when he composed his enduring masterpiece “Rhapsody in Blue”  in 1924.

Gershwin plays Gershwin, “Rhapsody in Blue”

      • By Sophie Tucker, “The Man I Love”
      • From Girl Crazy (1943) – “I Got Rhythm” sung by Judy Garland
      • From Shall We Dance (1937) – “They Can’t Take that Away from Me” by Fred Astaire with Ginger Rogers
      • By Ella Fitzgerald, “Embraceable You”
      • “Someone to Watch Over Me” by Frank Sinatra:

“True music must repeat the thoughts and inspirations of the people and the time. My people are Americans and my time is today.”

George Gershwin

12 thoughts

  1. Wonderful, wonderful — I have such a soft spot in my heart for Sophie Tucker! Thanks for posting her — I listened to several of her songs as they popped up after the original post you put on!

    1. 😀 I love Sophie too. So glad you enjoyed this. It took me forever to choose one, but went with WHATEVER because she’s just fabulous. And yes, glad you stayed on for the follow-ups.

      Aurora

  2. What a talent ,two brothers who could write such beautiful music and lyrics.
    My favorite version of The Man I love is by Gladys Swarthout at the Hollywood Bowl memorial concert for George – maybe just because it’s live and marvellous that the concert was recorded.
    Thanks for all the clips

  3. Oh wow. Happy Birthday to me! Thank you for these Aurora. As I write this, your Sunshine Award is off to my right….yep, this post is full of sunshine!

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