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Boasting ten tracks, two of which are easy listening treatments of overtures by Arthur Fiedler & the Boston Pops Orchestra, the disc offers practically no information about the sources of the tracks, which come from deep within the archives of Universal Music. Only a few miscellaneous factoids accompany some of the tracks. The renditions are often effective, particularly Ethel Merman's readings of "I Got Rhythm" and "Embraceable You" (which were done in the '40s, by the way), but it's hard to imagine who the intended consumer of a cut-rate collection like this is supposed to be.


Born: 26 September 1898 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Classical Crossover

Years Active: '10s, '20s, '30s

In a career tragically cut short in mid-stride by a brain tumor, George Gershwin (1898-1937) proved himself to be not only one of the great songwriters of his extremely rich era, but also a gifted "serious" composer who bridged the worlds of classical and popular music. The latter is all the more striking, given that, of his contemporaries, Gershwin was the most influenced by such styles as jazz and blues. Gershwin's first major hit, interpolated into the show Sinbad in 1919, was "Swanee," sung...
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