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The George Gershwin Reader$
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Robert Wyatt and John Andrew Johnson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195327113

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327113.001.0001

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“Gershwin Bros.” (1925)

“Gershwin Bros.” (1925)

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6 “Gershwin Bros.” (1925)
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The George Gershwin Reader
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Robert Wyatt

John Andrew Johnson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327113.003.0006

This chapter discusses the success of George and Ira Gershwins during the 1920s. George composed the tunes while Ira wrote the lyrics. George's success was attributed to the commercial success of their works including Yankee Doodle Blues, Rhapsody in Blue, and Do It Again. In addition, the press also helped to shape Gershwin into a celebrity, particularly Time magazine whose founder Henry Luce was Gershwin's friend. This chapter is based on an article originally published in the July 1925 issue of Time.

Keywords:   George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Yankee Doodle Blues, Rhapsody in Blue, Do It Again, Henry Luce, Time

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