Gershwin among His Friends

Howard Pollack

in George Gershwin

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780520248649
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933149 | DOI:
Gershwin among His Friends

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Gershwin befriended an extended family, some of whom occupied a large house around the corner at 112th and Seventh Avenue. This family included brothers Herman and Lou Paley; their niece Mabel Pleshette, whose mother, Anna Paley, had married one Louis Pleshette; and their cousins, Max Abramson and his brother, George Pallay. Gershwin apparently met Herman Paley at Remick, where the latter had established himself as one of the firm's more successful songwriters, and where his cousin Max enjoyed spending time. Herman and Max quickly recognized that the young George would go far, while the latter found among these assorted Paleys a congenial second family. Although Gershwin's romantic life largely went undiscussed publicly, he struck a number of observers and friends as having quite a sexual appetite. At the least, Gershwin enjoyed the company of young, attractive, and intelligent women.

Keywords: second family; extended family; George Gershwin's friends; Lou Paley; Emily Paley; Mabel Pleshette; Herman Paley

Chapter.  9132 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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