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May.26.2011
This piece was introduced by George Gershwin, piano, and the New York Symphony Society conducted by Walter Damrosch in Carnegie Hall on December 3, 1925. Gershwin was commissioned to write this concerto by the New York Symphony Society, a project set in motion by the society's musical director,...
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May.22.2011
Words and Music by Walter Rimler (c) 1984...Vocal: Harrye Heyward...Piano and arrangement: Bob Bauer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PyxuUH41Vk
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May.16.2011
Rhapsody in Blue For Piano and Jazz Band/Piano and Orchestra Introduced by George Gershwin, piano, and Paul Whiteman with his Palais Royal Orchestra on February 12, 1924 at Aeolian Hall in New York City. Paul Whiteman, who, in 1922, had conducted the lone performance of Gershwin's one-act opera...
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May.10.2011
This aria from Act I, Scene 2 of Porgy and Bess was premiered by Ruby Elzy as Serena at the Alvin Theatre (now the Neil Simon) in New York City on October 10, 1935. The scene is Serena's room. She is sitting at the foot of the bed beside her fellow mourners. On the bed is the body of her husband,...
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May.02.2011
“Embraceable You” was introduced by Allen Kearns and Ginger Rogers in Girl Crazy at the Alvin Theatre (now called the Neil Simon Theatre) in New York City on October 14, 1930.  It was originally written in 1928 for the aborted Ziegfeld operetta East is West (which was also called Ming-Toy). After...
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Apr.22.2011
The Gershwins' “A Foggy Day” This song was introduced by Fred Astaire (in the fog on the grounds of Totleigh Castle) in A Damsel in Distress, a film released by RKO on November 19, 1937. George had come back to his and Ira's Beverly Hills residence after a party and at about one in the morning he...
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Apr.15.2011
This song was introduced by Ethel Merman and The Foursome in Girl Crazy at the Alvin Theatre (now the Neil Simon Theatre) in New York City on October 14, 1930. Ethel Merman, then a 21-ear old unknown, had been brought for an audition to George Gershwin's Riverside Drive apartment. After she sang a...
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Apr.11.2011
George Gershwin's “Liza” This song, with lyrics by Gus Kahn and Ira Gershwin, was introduced by Ruby Keeler and Nick Lucas in Show Girl at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City on July 2, 1929. When asked about the genesis of “Liza,” George Gershwin recalled: Mr Ziegfeld said, “I would like to...
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Mar.31.2011
“I Must Be Home By Twelve O'Clock” is a very obscure but very good George Gershwin song. The lyrics are by Ira Gershwin and Gus Kahn. It was introduced by Ruby Keeler in an unsuccessful 1929 Broadway production called Show Girl. In the verse the male singer complains about young ladies who...
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Mar.16.2011
Uncomfortable With the Blues Words and Music by Walter Rimler Music: http://www.redroom.com/audio/uncomfortable-with-blues Well, I'm sitting in my hotel room, can't do nothing but sing I'm sitting in my hotel room, can't do nothing but sing A woman she just punched me out and left with...
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Mar.11.2011
The following is from my book A Gershwin Companion (Popular Culture, 1991):  George and Ira Gershwin's Love is Here to Stay This song, George Gershwin's last, was introduced by Kenny Baker in the film The Goldwyn Follies, released by Goldwyn-United Artists on February 23, 1938. At Gershwin's...
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Mar.05.2011
  The following is from my book A Gershwin Companion (Popular Culture, 1991) “The Man I Love” began its complicated history in April of 1924 when George Gershwin entered the main idea in his musical notebook. At first he and Ira thought it might serve best as a verse but, although it was...
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Feb.18.2011
The following is from my book A Gershwin Companion (Popular Culture, 1991) They Can't Take That Away From Me On October 24, 1936 George Gershwin wrote a friend, “Ira and I have written a song called 'They Cant Take That Away From Me' which I think has distinct potentialities of going places.” The...
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Feb.13.2011
HAROLD ARLEN The following is from my book Not Fade Away: A Comparison of Jazz Age with Rock Era Pop Song Composers (Pierian Press, 1984) Writers and critics always make apologies when discussing Harold Arlen—not for him but to him: they regret that the public hardly knows his name and they...
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Feb.04.2011
Say Hello to Elvis For Me Words and Music by Walter Rimler © 1989 Audio is available at: http://www.redroom.com/audio/say-hello-elvis-for-me    You're feeling low You say you might not stick around You say there's nothing for you At least above the round And you're feeling low You've got a...
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