It's not often that lyricists share the limelight with the singers and songwriters, but the inimitable Ira Gershwin achieved phenomenal success alongside his brother George - fame that was thoroughly deserved. With more than a dozen Broadway shows to their names, the Gershwin brothers collaborated to write some of the most memorable songs of the 20th century.
Ira started out as a cashier in his father's Turkish baths before he took to writing song lyrics. As soon as he began working with his brother, it was clear that the duo were a perfect fit for each other. From The Man I Love to Fascinating Rhythm and They Can't Take That Away From Me, the winning combination of catchy melodies and witty lyrics turned the pair into a dominant force in American musical history. Three years passed after George's sudden death in 1937 before Ira could face writing again, and although he never reached his former heights, his talen remained undisputed.
He went on to write a celebrated book, Lyrics on Several Occasions, which combines autobiographical extracts with an annotated anthology, is still used as an essential guide to the art of the lyricst. Share the laughs and the tears of Ira's beautiful lyrics in this recording of the Gershwin brothers' best songs.