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Peggy King and George Gershwin


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Do you remember Peggy King, the former vocalist for George Gobel? Fast forward to 2012, and she lives in my condo. Last evening she gave a mini-concert of Gershwin songs in the social room, and she made the statement that Gershwin had composed with a number of lyricicsts other than Ira. I disagreed with her, saying that all his songs were written with Ira except those he wrote for "Porgy and Bess" (I believe the lyricist was Dubose Hayward) and those very early in his career (The lyricist may have been Buddy DeSylva). Was I correct? People were giving me nasty looks.

 

Edited by: finance on Feb 13, 2012 5:53 PM

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This is a partial list I found

* 1919 - La La Lucille (lyrics by [Arthur Jackson|http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Arthur_Jackson_(lyricist)&action=edit&redlink=1|Arthur Jackson (lyricist) (page does not exist)], [b. G. DeSylva|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B._G._DeSylva|B. G. DeSylva] and [irving Caesar|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irving_Caesar|Irving Caesar]) \ 1919 - [Morris Gest|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morris_Gest|Morris Gest]'s "Midnight Whirl" (lyrics by [b. G. DeSylva|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B._G._DeSylva|B. G. DeSylva] and John Henry Mears)

* 1920 - [George White's Scandals of 1920|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_White%27s_Scandals|George White's Scandals] (lyrics by Arthur Jackson)

* 1921 - A Dangerous Maid (lyrics by Ira Gershwin). Premiered in [Atlantic City|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantic_City|Atlantic City].

* 1921 - The Broadway Whirl (co-composed with [Harry Tierney|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Tierney|Harry Tierney], lyrics by [buddy DeSylva|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddy_DeSylva|Buddy DeSylva], [Joseph McCarthy|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_McCarthy_(lyricist)|Joseph McCarthy (lyricist)], [Richard Carle|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Carle|Richard Carle] and [John Henry Mears|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Henry_Mears|John Henry Mears]

* 1921 - [George White's Scandals of 1921|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_White%27s_Scandals|George White's Scandals] (lyrics by Arthur Jackson, features the song [South Sea Isles|http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=South_Sea_Isles&action=edit&redlink=1|South Sea Isles (page does not exist)])

* 1922 - [George White's Scandals of 1922|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_White%27s_Scandals|George White's Scandals] (lyrics by [E. Ray Goetz|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._Ray_Goetz|E. Ray Goetz], [ira Gershwin|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ira_Gershwin|Ira Gershwin] and [b. G. DeSylva|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B._G._DeSylva|B. G. DeSylva])

** The premiere performance featured the one-act opera [blue Monday|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Monday_(opera)|Blue Monday (opera)] with libretto and lyrics by [b. G. DeSylva|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B._G._DeSylva|B. G. DeSylva], set in Harlem in a jazz idiom. However, after only one performance, the opera was withdrawn from the show. Gershwin also wrote seven other songs for the show.

* 1922 - Our Nell (co-composed with [William Daly|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Daly|William Daly], lyrics co-written by Gershwin and Daly)

* 1922 - By and By (lyrics by Brian Hooker)

* 1923 - Innocent Ingenue Baby (co-composed with [William Daly|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Daly|William Daly], lyrics by Brian Hooker)

* 1923 - Walking Home with Angeline (lyrics by Brian Hooker)

* 1923 - [The Rainbow|http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Rainbow_Revue&action=edit&redlink=1|The Rainbow Revue (page does not exist)] (lyrics by [Clifford Grey|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clifford_Grey|Clifford Grey] and Brian Hooker). Premiered in [London|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_End_of_London|West End of London].

* 1923 - [George White's Scandals of 1923|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_White%27s_Scandals|George White's Scandals] (lyrics by [E. Ray Goetz|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._Ray_Goetz|E. Ray Goetz], [b. G. DeSylva|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B._G._DeSylva|B. G. DeSylva] and Ballard MacDonald)

* 1924 - Sweet Little Devil (lyrics by B. G. DeSylva)

* 1924 - [George White's Scandals of 1924|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_White%27s_Scandals|George White's Scandals] (lyrics by [b. G. DeSylva|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B._G._DeSylva|B. G. DeSylva] and Ballard MacDonald)

* 1924 - Primrose (lyrics by [Desmond Carter|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desmond_Carter|Desmond Carter] and [ira Gershwin|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ira_Gershwin|Ira Gershwin]). Premiered in [London|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_End_of_London|West End of London].

* 1924 - [Lady, Be Good!|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_Be_Good_(musical)|Lady Be Good (musical)] (lyrics by [ira Gershwin|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ira_Gershwin|Ira Gershwin])

* 1925 - Tell Me More! (lyrics by [ira Gershwin|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ira_Gershwin|Ira Gershwin] and [b. G. DeSylva|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B._G._DeSylva|B. G. DeSylva])

* 1925 - [Tip-Toes|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tip-Toes|Tip-Toes] (lyrics by Ira Gershwin)

* 1925 - Song of the Flame ([operetta|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operetta|Operetta], lyrics by [Otto Harbach|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otto_Harbach|Otto Harbach] and [Oscar Hammerstein II|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oscar_Hammerstein_II|Oscar Hammerstein II], and musical collaboration by [Herbert Stothart|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbert_Stothart|Herbert Stothart])

* 1926 - [Oh, Kay!|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oh,_Kay!|Oh, Kay!] (lyrics by Ira Gershwin and [Howard Dietz|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_Dietz|Howard Dietz])

** Includes the famous song, "[someone to Watch Over Me|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Someone_to_Watch_Over_Me_(song)|Someone to Watch Over Me (song)]"

** Revived in 1928 and 1990 (the latter with an all-Black cast)

* 1927 - [strike Up the Band|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strike_Up_the_Band_(musical)|Strike Up the Band (musical)] (lyrics by Ira Gershwin). Premiered in [Philadelphia|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philadelphia|Philadelphia].

** Revised and produced on Broadway in 1930

* 1927 - [Funny Face|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Funny_Face_(musical)|Funny Face (musical)] (lyrics by Ira Gershwin)

* 1928 - [Rosalie|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosalie_(musical)|Rosalie (musical)] (lyrics by Ira Gershwin and [P. G. Wodehouse|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P._G._Wodehouse|P. G. Wodehouse], co-composed with [sigmund Romberg|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sigmund_Romberg|Sigmund Romberg])

* 1928 - Treasure Girl (lyrics by Ira Gershwin)

* 1929 - Show Girl (lyrics by Ira Gershwin and [Gus Kahn|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gus_Kahn|Gus Kahn])

* 1930 - [Girl Crazy|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girl_Crazy|Girl Crazy] (lyrics by Ira Gershwin)

* 1931 - [Of Thee I Sing|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Of_Thee_I_Sing|Of Thee I Sing] (lyrics by Ira Gershwin)

** Awarded the [Pulitzer Prize for Drama|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulitzer_Prize_for_Drama|Pulitzer Prize for Drama] for 1932 and was the first [musical|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musical_theater|Musical theater] to win that award, although only Ira Gershwin and the [bookwriters|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_(musical_theater)|Book (musical theater)] were awarded the Prize and not George Gershwin

** Revived in 1933 and 1952

* 1933 - Pardon My English (lyrics by Ira Gershwin)

* 1933 - [Let 'Em Eat Cake|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Let_%27Em_Eat_Cake|Let 'Em Eat Cake] (lyrics by Ira Gershwin), [sequel|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sequel|Sequel] to [Of Thee I Sing|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Of_Thee_I_Sing|Of Thee I Sing]

* 1935 - [Porgy and Bess|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porgy_and_Bess|Porgy and Bess] (lyrics by Ira Gershwin and [DuBose Heyward|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DuBose_Heyward|DuBose Heyward])

** Revived on Broadway in 1942, 1943, 1953, 1976 ([Houston Grand Opera|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Houston_Grand_Opera|Houston Grand Opera] winner of the [Tony Award|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Award|Tony Award] for Most Innovative Revival of a Musical), and 1983

 

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Finance, you probably should have prefaced your remark

 

> all his songs were written with Ira except those he wrote for "Porgy and Bess"

 

with 'I thought.' That would have been the polite thing to do with any host, much less a distinguished one. It might have elicited an informative response, like the names some of the other collaborators. And saved you the dirty looks.

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If I were you, I'd be careful about having anything on your front door even an eighth of an inch out of place. The co-op committee will be looking for any reason to ride your a** hard. :-)

 

(Give people low-level positions of power, and they can really be petty bastards.)

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