George Gershwin

George was born in Brooklyn, New York, on September 26 1898. He dropped out of school so he could pursue his interest in music. He began to play the piano at a professional level by the age of 15.

He had a piano teacher named Charles Hambitzer who helped accelerate his learning. The teacher was impressed with the young boy because he coined him as a genius. He became a wonderful composer with many works.

His best work was a "Rhapsody in Blue" and it is ironic because it was a rush piece. His show on Broadway were from the 1920'2 to the 1930's. The songs were "“Fascinating Rhythm,” “Oh, Lady Be Good,” “Sweet and Low-Down,” “Do, Do, Do,” “Someone to Watch over Me,” “Strike Up the Band,” “The Man I Love,” “’S Wonderful,” “I’ve Got a Crush on You,” “Bidin’ My Time,” “Embraceable You,” “But Not for Me,” “Of Thee I Sing,” and “Isn’t It a Pity.” " Broadway wasn't his only devotion he also composed songs for Hollywood films such as “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” “They All Laughed,” “They Can’t Take That Away from Me,” “A Foggy Day,” “Nice Work if You Can Get It,” “Love Walked In,” and “Love Is Here to Stay.”

They say that only the good die young, and this certainly was the case for George. He developed a brain tumor and shortly after surgery he died. he talked with his sister and told her that he had accomplished most of what he wanted with the time that he had.

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