Lyrics by the Other One

Ira Gershwin: 1896-1983

And now," the oldtime radio announcer is supposed to have intoned, "here is a new song by George Gershwin and his lovely wife Ira." Such is the curse of being "the other one," of being merely famous when your younger brother is a legend in American music. Even within his family, Ira was heir to the unintentional slight: his father Morris could remember George's melodies, but to him Ira's song title Fascinating Rhythm was Fashion on the River. Working in George's immense shadow bred a wry modesty in Ira. For a...

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