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George Gershwin wrote great songs and shows for the theatre, but he always fancied himself as a serious composer. And he was - in fact, one of the 20th century’s greatest.
Despite George's success with concert works, the Gershwins continued to write hit musicals – Oh, Kay! (1926), Funny Face (1927), Strike Up the Band (1927 and 1930 - pictured), Show Girl (1929), Girl Crazy (1930) – which introduced the song, ‘I Got Rhythm’. Of Thee I Sing (1931) was the first musical comedy to win a Pulitzer Prize (for Drama).
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