Always helps a little with my depression. He gives you a slice of goodness and glamour. Any stories about George?
c'mon turkey people
Glamour my lame ass.
Ask Kitty Carlisle Hart; she had dated him and almost married him. Oscar Levant said he had the hairiest chest he had ever seen.
Just heard that he had a gigantic ego. Supposedly Oscar Levant, a very close friend, once asked him "George, if you had to do it all over again, would you still fall in love with yourself?" Great line. However, if anyone is justified in having a big ego, Gershwin is. Positive genius.
"But Not for Me," his favorite song, was autobiographical.
I've heard he was gay, and I've heard he wasn't.
What, nobody is saying he's gay? That's unusual. Usually when the topic of a male celebrity from another era comes up the first thing said about him is "he's gay! He liked rent boys! Somebody said he was gay, so it must be true!"
For the record, he wasn't gay. He was a womanizer with a big ego. He was also a musical genius who died too soon.
Well, listened to Michael Feinstein on Fresnh Air yesterday, an authority if there is one, and long out gay, and he was equivocal. Said certainly possible but no proof as to GG. Ira was not.
Instrumental highlights from Porgy and Bess always cheer me up. Also excerpts from An American in Paris but have always liked Rhapsody in Blue. I am one of the few people I know who really like him; some people say his work still hasn't stood the test of time but I really think it has, in the next decade some of it will be 100 years old.
""But Not for Me," his favorite song, was autobiographical."
Fascinating, but Ira wrote the lyrics
My favorite anecdote.
Stravinsky adored his music. When Gershwin asked Stravinsky for lessons, the latter shook his head. "Why not?" asked Gershwin. Stravinsky then asked Gerswhin, "How much did you make last year?" The reply was "A quarter of a million." After a pregnant pause, Stravinsky replied "George, you ought to give ME lessons!"
Pure genius. Imho, Ella's songbook is one of the essential recordings of the century. No one captures his music that well.
R13, that story has been attributed to SOOO many famous composers, Ravel et al. it must be apocryphal. He was fabulously successful but desired the credentials of a serious composer, so it is surely not far off
very hairy hole
R12 Presumably you mean "his lovely wife, Ira."
Didn't he father an illegitimate son?
Gershwin's "son" turned out to be a fraud. He got away with it for a while because like all great con stories everybody wanted it to be true.
probably, but that isn't uncommon.
he was obsessed with the modernist Arnold Schoenberg
Donna Summer wanted to fly doubles with Earhart and have dinner with Gershwin.
He was straight, of course. Odd for Feinstein to quibble.
I love Ella as much as anyone, but the claims that she is the quinessential interpreter of Gershwin was naive. She tended to approach Gershwin with her "classy Ella" demeanor, which usually meant she sapped the emotional content and focused on a smooth line reading that sounds like an advertisement for sheet music, not a definitive rendition of the songs.
Ella always was better when she let her hair down and dropped the society act. The latter is what led to the accusations of her sounding like she was looking for change in her purse. Gershwin, the interpreter of black jazz through a Tin Pan Alley milieu, applied careful compositional study (sometimes too careful) but always was accessible to the popular market, and he needed humor and a little bounce to hit the rafters. Elle tended to want to keep her velvet uncrushed when singing him.
'Summertime' is the most covered song in musical history. 'Porgy and Bess' is Sondheim's favourite ever work of musical theatre.
R9, "The Man That Got Away" is indeed a classic. Pity he got the grammar wrong.
R22 Thanks for posting, Fantasia. I see the readin' and writin' lessons paid off.
Could he be Rumer Willis' grandfather? His jaw at R10's link.
Wasn't George dating Ginger Rogers during the Broadway run of Girl Crazy?
Baseline Studio Systems announced in January 2010 that Steven Spielberg may direct a biopic about the composer's life, which is scheduled for release in 2012; 32-year-old American actor Zachary Quinto has been named for the leading role of George Gershwin.
Is that still alive ?