Ira Gershwin

Ira Gershwin (December 6, 1896 – August 17, 1983) was an American lyricist who collaborated with his younger brother, composer George Gershwin, to create some of the most memorable songs of the 20th century.

With George he wrote more than a dozen Broadway shows, featuring songs such as "I Got Rhythm", "Embraceable You", "The Man I Love" and "Someone to Watch Over Me". He was also responsible, along with DuBose Heyward, for the libretto to George's opera Porgy and Bess.

The success the brothers had with their collaborative works has often overshadowed the creative role that Ira played. However, his mastery of songwriting continued after the early death of George. He wrote additional hit songs with composers Jerome Kern ("Long Ago (and Far Away)"), Kurt Weill and Harold Arlen.

His critically acclaimed book Lyrics on Several Occasions of 1959, an amalgam of autobiography and annotated anthology, is an important source for studying the art of the lyricist in the golden age of American popular song.

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Strike Up The Band (song) - UCLA
... George and Ira Gershwin had moved from New York to Beverly Hills to work in Los Angeles on the Fred Astaire movie Shall We Dance ... The Gershwins made a gift of the song to the University of California, Los Angeles ... Ira Gershwin revised the lyrics and called the new version "Strike Up the Band for UCLA." From that time, it became one of the primary school songs, and even served as the leitmotif and rally song for the school ...
Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday On Columbia 1933–1944 - Track Listing - Disc Four
11/1/37 Brunswick 1937 ... Nice Work If You Can Get It Ira Gershwin and George Gershwin 307 2. 11/1/37 Brunswick 1937 ... Things Are Looking Up Ira Gershwin and George Gershwin 319 3. 9/15/38 Vocalion 1938 ... I Can't Get Started Ira Gershwin and Vernon Duke 246 23 ...
Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday On Columbia 1933–1944 - Track Listing - Disc Eight
6/30/37* Columbia C3L21 1964 They Can't Take That Away From Me Ira Gershwin and George Gershwin 323 4. 11/3/37* Columbia C3L21 1964 I Can't Get Started Ira Gershwin and Vernon Duke 245 6 ... Columbia JG34837 1976 I Can't Get Started Ira Gershwin and Vernon Duke 246 22 ...
Love Is Here To Stay
... The music was written by George Gershwin, the lyrics by Ira Gershwin, for the movie The Goldwyn Follies (1938) which was released shortly after George Gershwin's death ... The song was the last composition George Gershwin completed ... Ira Gershwin wrote the words after his brother's death, giving the song a special poignancy ...

Famous quotes by ira gershwin:

    I am just a little girl who’s looking for a little boy who’s looking for a girl to love.
    Ira Gershwin (1896–1983)

    The man that won you
    Has run off and undone you.
    Ira Gershwin (1896–1983)

    When love walked in with you.
    Ira Gershwin (1896–1983)

    You say eether and I say eyether.
    Ira Gershwin (1896–1983)

    I’m bidin’ my time,
    ‘Cause that’s the kinda guy I’m.
    Ira Gershwin (1896–1983)