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Jun.20.2013
Gershwin's Crap Game Fugue This music first appears in Act 1, Scene 1 of Porgy and Bess. The contrapuntal “Crown cockeyed drunk” music that appears shortly before the Crap Game Fugue is a canon—a musical device that Gershwin was very proud of having mastered. As for the fugue, it makes use of...
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Feb.19.2012
  The lyrics to this song are by B.G. DeSylva and Ballard MacDonald. It was introduced by Winnie Lightner and Tom Patricola in George White's Scandals of 1924 at the Apollo Theatre in New York City on June 30, 1924. In his autobiography, Passport to Paris, Vernon Duke recalled how as a young...
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Oct.31.2011
  This song was introduced by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers (on roller skates) in Shall We Dance, a film released by RKO on May 7, 1937. This was the first George and Ira collaboration after Porgy and Bess. It was begun in New York just before they left for Hollywood in August 1936. In his...