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: