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GEORGE GERSHWIN - DOCUMENT FRAGMENT SIGNED 10/25/1930 - HFSID 217378

GEORGE GERSHWIN The lower portion of a document signed by George Gershwin. Portion of a Document Signed: "George Gershwin" as "Taxpayer," 1p, 8x2½. No place, 1930 October 25. "Waiver of Restrictions on Assessment and Collection of Deficiency.

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GEORGE GERSHWIN
The lower portion of a document signed by George Gershwin.
Portion of a Document Signed: "George Gershwin" as "Taxpayer," 1p, 8x2½. No place, 1930 October 25. "Waiver of Restrictions on Assessment and Collection of Deficiency." In full: "Irrespective of the execution or approval of the foregoing instrument, the undersigned taxpayer hereby waives the restrictions provided in Section 274 (a) or 308 (a) of the Revenue Act of 1926 or Section 272 (a) of the Revenue Act of 1928 on the assessment and collection of any deficiency in tax included in the principal sum of the tax liability as set forth in the said instrument, together with any penalty or interest properly applicable thereto as provided by law." In 1930, the Gershwin musical Girl Crazy premiered with the memorable songs "Embraceable You" and "I Got Rhythm." His 1931 patriotic musical, Of Thee I Sing, was the first musical to win a Pulitzer Prize in Drama. George Gershwin (1898-1937), born Jacob Gershovitz (later shortened to Gershwin), was one of the greatest songwriters of his day and also a "serious" composer who bridged the gap between classical and popular music. In 1910, his mother purchased a piano for George's older brother, 14-year-old Ira, but it was 12-year-old George who quickly took to it. George's first Broadway show, La, La Lucille, ran for one hundred performances in 1919, the same year Al Jolson heard Gershwin's 1917 song "Swanee" and added it to his touring show. Gershwin's works include Rhapsody in Blue (1924), Porgy and Bess (1935) and the first Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, Of Thee I Sing (1931). In 1937, the year he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song, Gershwin died of a brain tumor in 1937 at the age of 38. Even though it is the lower portion of a larger document, it is complete in itself. Light diagonal fold at right corner, else fine condition.

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