GEORGE GERSHWIN Biography - Theater, Opera and Movie personalities


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Name: George Gershwin                                                               
Birth name: Jacob Gershowitz                                                         
Born: 26 September 1898 Brooklyn, New York                                           
Died: 11 July 1937 Hollywood, California                                             
George Gershwin (September 26, 1898 – July 11, 1937) was an American composer.     
He wrote most of his vocal and theatrical works in collaboration with his elder     
brother, lyricist Ira Gershwin. George Gershwin composed songs both for Broadway     
and for the classical concert hall. He also wrote popular songs with success.       
Many of his compositions have been used on television and in numerous films, and     
many became jazz standards. The jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald recorded many of the     
Gershwins' songs on her 1959 Gershwin Songbook (arranged by Nelson Riddle).         
Countless singers and musicians have recorded Gershwin songs, including Louis       
Armstrong, Al Jolson, Art Tatum, Bing Crosby, John Coltrane, Frank Sinatra,         
Billie Holiday, Sam Cooke, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Judy Garland, Julie         
Andrews, Barbra Streisand, Marni Nixon, Natalie Cole, Nina Simone, Maureen           
McGovern, John Fahey, and Sting.