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George & Ira Gershwin

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George (left) and Ira (right) Gershwin

Source: Library of Congress

George and Ira Gershwin are brothers who teamed to create some of the most memorable songs of the 20th century. Ira Gershwin (December 6, 1896 – August 17, 1983) , the elder of the two brothers wrote the lyrics while his younger brother, George Gershwin (September 26, 1898 – July 11, 1937) composed the melodies.

The brothers 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", and the great American opera Porgy and Bess.

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web site: http://www.gershwin.com/

Read more about George & Ira Gershwin at Wikipedia

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