IRA GERSHWIN Biography - Musicians


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Name: Ira Gershwin                                                                 
Born: 6 December 1896 New York City                                               
Died: 17 August 1983 Beverly Hills                                                 
Ira Gershwin (6 December 1896 - 17 August 1983) was an American lyricist who       
collaborated with his younger brother, composer George Gershwin, to create some   
of the most memorable songs of the 20th century.                                   
With George he wrote more than a dozen Broadway shows, featuring songs such as "I 
Got Rhythm," "Embraceable You," "The Man I Love" and "Someone to Watch Over Me,"   
and the opera Porgy and Bess.                                                     
The success the brothers had with their collaborative works has often             
overshadowed the creative role that Ira played. However, his mastery of           
songwriting continued after the early death of George; and he wrote further hit   
songs with composers Jerome Kern ("Long Ago (And Far Away)", Kurt Weill and       
Harold Arlen.                                                                     
His critically-acclaimed book Lyrics on Several Occasions of 1959, an amalgam of   
autobiography and annotated anthology, is an important source for studying the     
art of the lyricist in the golden age of American popular song.