[2015] Emily Smeu: Ira and George Gershwin

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[2015] Emily Smeu: Ira and George Gershwin

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Ira and George GershwinBy Emma and Emily

Ira Gershwin

George Gershwin was a famous and highly skilled composer. He was born on September 26th, 1898, in Brooklyn, New York City, originally born Jacob Gershowitz. His parents were Rosa and Morris Gershvin. He was a sibling of Ira , Frances, and Arthur Gershwin. In high school, he dropped out at age 15 and started playing proffesional piano. He played in several New York nightclubs. He started composing his own songs. He created a song for a show (Blue Monday), and the band leader of the band that played the song asked him to create a jazz number, which he forgot about until an article in the newspaper stated that the band's next song would be a Gershwin-composed song. In his late 30s, he started to experience headaches and strange smells. Later on, doctors discovered malignant brain tumor. While they were removing it in a surgery, he died at the age of 38, on July 11th, 1937, in Los Angeles, California.Some fun facts:-he had a hobby of painting-in the mid-1920s he moved to Paris-he had private lessons on piano and theory


Ira Gershwin was a famous composer. He was born December 6th, 1896, in New York City, NY. His parents were Rosa and Morris Gershvin. Ira had three siblings, named George, Frances and Arthur Gershwin. He was originally born Israel Gershowitz. Ira loved literature, and came up with his first song, titled "You May Throw all the Rice You Desire but Please Friends, Don't Throw No Shoes." As he got older he began to write more lyrics to songs of his interest. One of the songs he provided lyrics to was, "Two Little Girls in Blue." He married Leonore Strunsky. Later on he won the Pulitzer Prize with George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind. At 86 years old, Ira Gershwin died of cardiovascular disease, on August 17th, 1983, at Beverly Hills, CA.Some fun facts are:-he went by the name "Izzy" as a child-he was a writer in early life-Ira and George in adjoining penthouses when they were older

George Gershwin

Songs he Wrote:-Oh, Lady Be Good!-Rhapsody in Blue-Someone to Watch Over Me-Embraceable You

Songs He Wrote:-Funny Face-Tip Toes-Oh, Kay


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