George Gershwin

#24453
Most Popular
Boost
Birthday
26, 1898
Birthplace
Brooklyn, NY
Death Date
Jul 11, 1937 (38)
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
26, 1898
Birthplace
Brooklyn, NY
Death Date
Jul 11, 1937 (38)

About

Musician famed for hits such as "An American in Paris," "Porgy and Bess," and "Rhapsody in Blue." 

Before Fame

He dropped out of school when he was 15 and became a song plugger for Tin Pan Alley publishing firm Jerome H. Remick and Company.

Trivia

His songs are among the most-covered of all time, with Louis Armstrong, Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald, Kate Bush, Amy Winehouse, Madonna, and countless others all offering up their versions of his classics.

Family Life

His older brother Ira Gershwin was a frequent collaborator; he worked with George on "Lady Be Good," "Oh, Kay!" and "Of Thee I Sing," which became the first musical comedy to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Associated With

His breakthrough hit was "Swanee" from 1919, written with Irving Caesar and popularized by Al Jolson.