IRA GERSHWIN - INSCRIBED RECORD ALBUM SIGNED - HFSID 100278
Sale Price $510.00
Ira Gershwin inscribes a box set of five records produced by Verve titled "Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Song Books Music Arranged and Conducted by Nelson Riddle."
Record album inscribed and signed: "For Mr. Chad-/With/appreciation/And/Best wishes/From/Ira Gershwin." Inscribed box of five records produced by Verve, 12x12, "Ella Fitzgerald sings the George and Ira Gershwin Song Books Music Arranged and Conducted by Nelson Riddle." All records included. In 1942 Gershwin's lyrics to "Embraceable You" were featured in the film, Juke Girl. The previous year, he had been the lyricist for "Fascinating Rhythms" and "Lady Be Good" in Lady Be Good. The first lyricist to win a Pulitzer Prize (1932, Of Thee I Sing), Ira Gershwin (1896-1983) wrote the lyrics to a number of the songs by his older brother, George, including "Liza", beginning in 1924 for the musical Lady Be Good. In 1931, the brothers wrote for their first Hollywood musical, Delicious. After George's death in 1937, Ira worked with a number of other composers, including Jerome Kern (Cover Girl, 1944) and Harold Arlen (the musical remake of A Star is Born, 1954). Nominated for Academy Awards for Best Song in 1937 (Shall We Dance?), 1944 (Cover Girl) and 1954 (A Star is Born), Ira also wrote lyrics or the music score for a number of other feature films, including An American in Paris (1951), The Country Girl (1954) and Funny Face (1957). Minor soiling on cover, else fine.
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