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Arthur Gershwin

Also Known As: "Otto"
Birthdate: (81)
Birthplace: New York, NY, USA
Death: November 19, 1981 (81)
New York, NY, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Morris Gershwin (Moishe Gershowitz) and Rose (Rosa) Gershwin (Bruskin)
Ex-husband of Judy Gershwin
Father of <private> Gershwin
Brother of Ira Gershwin; George Gershwin and Frances Godowsky

Managed by: Carlos F. Bunge
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Arthur Gershwin

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Arthur Gershwin (March 14, 1900 in New York, New York - November 19, 1981 in New York, New York) was a composer and the third child in the Gershwin family. He was not a professional musician, however, and made his living as a stockbroker.[1]

He composed the two-act musical A Lady Says Yes (1945) which is set in 1545 and 1945 and takes place in Venice, Washington D.C. and China. [2] It ran on Broadway from Jan 10, 1945 to Mar 25, 1945 at the Broadhurst Theatre and had 87 performances. [3]

His song Invitation to the Blues with lyrics by Doris Fisher, was used in the film Tootsie (1982) and has been recorded by Julie London. [2]

His grandson Todd Gershwin is a trustee of George and Ira's estate.[4]

The birth order was: Ira, George, Arthur, then Frances Gershwin.

Arthur said in a 1972 interview with Robert Kimball and Alfred Simon that when he was a child, he was George's pal and went around with him more than Ira did. [5]

Frances said of Arthur that he played by ear and "his rhythm wasn't that great." She used to tease him. "He was really very funny - he was the funny one of the family ... a natural comedian." "When [the other brothers] introduced him, he would say, 'Yes, I'm the unknown Gershwin.' "[1]

George wrote in one of his last letters to his mother (May 19, 1937), "How is brother Arthur these days? I am glad to hear that he is writing a lot of tunes and I hope that he can find a market for some of them." [2]

Arthur is buried in Westchester Hills Cemetery, Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y. [6]

  1. ^ a b Vivian Perlis, Libby Van Cleve (2005) Composer's voices from Ives to Ellington, Yale University Press
  2. ^ a b c The non-bloggish blog
  3. ^ Internet Broadway Database [1]
  4. ^ Los Angeles Times (August 16, 2010) Randy Lewis, "Brian Wilson waxes rhapsodic on Gershwin".
  5. ^ Robert Kimball and Alfred Simon (1973) The Gershwins, Atheneum, New York
  6. ^ Find a Grave
External links
   * Photograph of Arthur Gershwin [2]
   * Arthur Gershwin at the Internet Broadway Database
   * Short obituary
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Arthur Gershwin's Timeline

March 14, 1900
New York, NY, USA
November 19, 1981
Age 81
New York, NY, USA