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Arthur Gershwin

Arthur Gershwin (March 14, 1900 – November 19, 1981) was one of the four Gershwin family siblings of American musical fame. Although he was a composer, he was not a professional musician, and made his living as a stockbroker.[1]

He was born in New York City and was the third of the four Gershwins (Ira, George, Arthur, and Frances).

Notable compositions

Arthur composed the two-act musical A Lady Says Yes (1945), which is set in 1545 and 1945 and takes place in Venice, Washington D.C., and China.[2] It ran on Broadway from Jan 10, 1945 to Mar 25, 1945 at the Broadhurst Theatre and had 87 performances.[3]

His song Invitation to the Blues with lyrics by Doris Fisher, was used in the film Tootsie (1982) and has been recorded by Julie London.[2]

Family

His grandson Todd Gershwin is a trustee of George's estate.[4]

Arthur said in a 1972 interview with Robert Kimball and Alfred Simon that when he was a child, he was George's pal and went around with him more than Ira did.[5]

Frances said of Arthur that he played by ear and "his rhythm wasn't that great." She used to tease him. "He was really very funny – he was the funny one of the family ... a natural comedian." "When [the other brothers] introduced him, he would say, 'Yes, I'm the unknown Gershwin.'"[1]

George wrote in one of his last letters to his mother (May 19, 1937), "How is brother Arthur these days? I am glad to hear that he is writing a lot of tunes and I hope that he can find a market for some of them."[2]

Arthur is buried in Westchester Hills Cemetery, Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.[6]

References

External links

  • Photograph of Arthur Gershwin [2]
  • Internet Broadway Database
  • Short obituary


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