George Gershwin: Porgy and Bess
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The Katherine Jenkins Collection - Across the Pond
4. George Gershwin: Porgy and Bess
If it hadn’t been for Scott Joplin, America probably wouldn’t have produced George Gershwin. Like Aaron Copland, Gershwin was a Russian immigrant from a Jewish family who put great value on the study of music for their children. George left school at 15 and got a job as a "song plugger" on New York City's Tin Pan Alley where he also tried his hand at writing ragtime pieces. In 1919 Gershwin scored his first big national hit with the song, 'Swanee,' made famous by Al Jolson. And it was Gershwin’s love of African American music that inspired him to write the greatest of American operas, Porgy and Bess.