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George Gershwin
(1898 - 1937)

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1898 Born 26 September, as Jacob Gershvin, in New York City; son of Russian-Jewish immigrants
1910 Learns to play the piano
1912 Studies music with composers Henry Cowell and Wallingford Riegger
1914 Becomes "song-plugger" and pianist in Tin Pan Alley
1919 Writes first show, La La Lucille; song "Swanee" is made a hit by Al Jolson
1924 Bandleader Paul Whiteman commissions Rhapsody in Blue, which is a sensational success
1927 Takes up painting
1928 Meets Stravinsky, Ravel and Prokofiev in Paris
1932 Of Thee I Sing becomes the first stage musical to win a Pulitzer Prize
1935 First performance of opera Porgy and Bess
1937 Dies 11 July during an operation to remove a brain tumour
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