Sing Me Not a Ballad: 1941–1945

Philip Fuma

in Ira Gershwin

Published in print October 1997 | ISBN: 9780195115703
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853144 | DOI:
Sing Me Not a Ballad: 1941–1945

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Soon after the completion of Lady in the Dark Ira and Leonore purchased a house in Beverly Hills. After the ceaseless moves of the Gershwin household during his boyhood, Ira finally could settle into a home where he would spend most of the rest of his life. As time went by, his excursions became fewer; he managed to run things nicely from where he was. Thus during what is now recognized as the Broadway musical's greatest era, Ira Gershwin was rooted in California. Almost all of his work over the course of the next twenty years was done for Hollywood films, few of which provided the kind of script he longed for.

Keywords: Ira Gershwin; songwriting; films; Hollywood

Chapter.  6393 words. 

Subjects: Popular Music

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