Thursday, July 14, 2005

George and Ira, corrected

My dad has sent me another music-related error in print, in a syndicated obituary for Mark Trent Goldberg, an archivist and expert on the music of George and Ira Gershwin:

Together the Gershwins--Ira, the lyricist, and George, the composer--wrote some of the most enduring music ever heard on Broadway.

"Porgy and Bess," which opened in 1935, set new standards for musical theater, with songs that included "Summertime" and "It Ain't Necessarily So."

Dozens of other Gershwin show tunes--"It Had To Be You" and "Embraceable You" among them--have become standards for singer-pianists.
Yikes! As my dad points out, "It Had to Be You" was written by Gus Kahn (words) and Isham Jones (music).

For previous Jim Leddy corrections, click here.

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