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He began writing popular songs at 15, but he studied composition and orchestration all his life. His dual ambition was to be a successful popular composer and to follow in the footsteps of the great masters.
In 1919, Gershwin wrote his first successful popular song, «Swanee». This was a tremendous hit as sung by Al Jolson...
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In the same year, Gershwin worked on a string quartet with a blues theme called «Lullaby».
Gershwin rose to fame on Broadway in the 1920's. His sparkling musical comedies include «Lady, Be Good» (1924), «TipToes» (1925), «Oh, Kay!» (1926), «Funny Face» (1927), and «Girl Crazy» (1930). Gershwin then turned to political satire with the musical comedies, such as «Let'Em Eat Cake» (1933)...
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