George Gershwin, born Jacob Bruskin Gershowitz, September 26, 1898 – July 11, 1937, was an American composer and pianist whose compositions spanned both popular and classical genres. Among his best-known works are the orchestral compositions Rhapsody in Blue (1924) and An American in Paris (1928), the songs Swanee (1919) and Fascinating Rhythm (1924), the jazz standard I Got Rhythm (1930), and the opera Porgy and Bess (1935) which spawned the hit Summertime.
George Gershwin passed away on July 11, 1937 (82 years ago today) at the very young age of 38. This short interview of him was done by the great entertainer Rudy Vallee.
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