George Gershwin

Born Sep 26, 1898

George Gershwin was an American composer and pianist. Gershwin's compositions spanned both popular and classical genres, and his most popular melodies are widely known. Among his best known works are the orchestral compositions Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris, as well as the opera Porgy and Bess.… Read More

related links

News + Updates

Browse recent news and stories about George Gershwin.


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of George Gershwin.


At some time between 1893 and 1898, Moishe (Morris) Gershowitz changed his surname to Gershwine – even possibly at, or around, the time of his marriage to Roza. … Read More


1916 17 Years Old 1 More Event
…  It was published in 1916 when Gershwin was only 17 years old and earned him 50 cents. … Read More


1924 25 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1924, George and Ira Gershwin collaborated on a stage musical comedy Lady Be Good, which included such future standards as "Fascinating Rhythm" and "Oh, Lady Be Good! … Read More


1929 30 Years Old In 1929, Gershwin was contracted by Fox Film Corporation to compose the score for the movie Delicious. … Read More
1935 36 Years Old …  The work was first performed in 1935; it was a box-office failure in the middle of the Great Depression. … Read More
1936 37 Years Old After the commercial failure of Porgy and Bess, Gershwin moved to Hollywood, California. He was commissioned by RKO Pictures in 1936 to write the music for the film Shall We Dance, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. … Read More
Early in 1937, Gershwin began to complain of blinding headaches and a recurring impression that he smelled burning rubber.
Original Authors of this text are noted on
Text is made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.