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The George Gershwin Reader$
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Robert Wyatt and John Andrew Johnson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195327113

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327113.001.0001

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Philip Furia: “Lady, Be Good!” (1996)

Philip Furia: “Lady, Be Good!” (1996)

(p.65) 17 Philip Furia: “Lady, Be Good!” (1996)
The George Gershwin Reader

Robert Wyatt

John Andrew Johnson

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents an excerpt from Philip Furia's 1996 book Ira Gershwin: The Art of the Lyricist. In this book, Furia suggests that though George Gershwin had written several musical scores, it was not until the opening of Lady, Be Good! in December 1924 that the composer laid claim to a solid Broadway success. He attributes this to the synergy created by the combination of Ira Gershwin's lyrics and the popular duo-pianists Phil Ohman and Victor Arden. The show had set a record for Gershwin that was surpassed only by Rosalie in 1928 and Of Thee I Sing in 1931.

Keywords:   Lady, Be Good!, George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Philip Furia, lyrics, musicals, Phil Ohman, Victor Arden

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