"Music is a phenomenon that to me has a very marked effect on the emotions. It has the power of moving people to all the various moods. Through the emotions, it can have a cleansing effect on the mind, a disturbing effect, a drowsy effect, an exciting effect...I like to think of music as an emotional science."
--George Gershwin, 1933
For many years Roger Hall, Director of the American Music Recordings Archive (AMRA), also a music preservationist and a film music critic, has been studying the music of George Gershwin.
He has taught college level classes on Gershwin's music and has also presented many lectures about his music.
See his popular lecture, "The Genius of Gershwin" -- click here.
The Guide was originally published in 1998 for the centennial of Gershwin's birth and reprinted with additions in a second edition in 2004.
Now it is available exclusively here and included on a CD-ROM which has information about Gershwin's music, mainly in movies and on radio.
Among the features are a Top 40 list of Gershwin songs and an extensive list of recommended Gershwin recordings and books about Gershwin.
Accompanying the Guide is a music album from two radio programs with Roger Hall as guest and program host playing recordings of Gershwin's music:
George Gershwin Birthday Tribute, 26 September 1989
"CONVERSATIONS" hosted by Marion Wroble
Roger Hall, Guest
1. "For Your Country and My Country" (Irving Berlin song) -
George Gershwin, piano roll, 1917
2. "Swanee" -
George Gershwin, piano roll, 1919/ vocal by Al Jolson, 1945
3. "Fascinating Rhythm" from LADY, BE GOOD -
Fred and Adele Astaire, vocal/
George Gershwin, piano, 1926
4. About "Fascinating Rhythm" and "The Man I Love"
5. "The Man I Love" -
Marion Harris, 1927/ "The Girl I Love" - Michael Feinstein
6. "I Got Rhytm" and "Of Thee I Sing"
7. About "Of Thee I Sing" and Porgy and Bess
8. "Bess, You Is My Woman Now" - 19 July 1935 (George Gershwin conducting)
9. "They Can't Take That Away From Me" - Fred Astaire, 1937
A George Gershwin Gala, 23 September 1993
"IN THE MOOD" WBET-AM
Roger Hall, Program Host
10. "I Got Rhythm" - Smith Ballew, vocal, Fred Rich and His Orchestra, 1930
11. Comments on George Gershwin as songwriter
"Kickin' The Clouds Away"
a. George Gershwin, piano roll
b. Bobby Short, vocal
13. Rudy Vallee radio show with guest George Gershwin,
10 November 1932
14. "Nobody But You" - George Gershwin, piano roll, 1919
15. "My Cousin in Milwaukee" - Lew Sherwood,vocal,
with Eddie Duchin Orchestra, 1933
16. "They Can't Take That Away From Me" - Ella Fitzgerald, 1958
17. "Clap Yo' Hands" - Ella Fitzgerald, 1958
18. "'SWonderful" - Artie Shaw and His Band, 1949
19. "Nice Work If You Can get It" - Ella Fitzgerald, 1958
20. Final remarks from the radio special
Note: The music on this CD is for non-commercial, educational use only and no copyright infringement is intended or implied.
An added bonus at no extra charge!
Gershwin At The Piano -
featuring the composer brilliantly playing six of his popular songs from rare recordings:
"I Was So Young And You Were So Beautiful" (1919)
"So Am I" (1925)
"Someone To Watch Over Me" (1926)
"Sweet and Low Down" (1926)
"'SWonderful" and "Funny Face" (1928)
"I Got Rhythm" - Music by George Gershwin (PTM 1041)
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Watch George Gershwin play his favorite tune, "I Got Rhythm," from 1931
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Porgy & Bess (3 CD Set)
Recommended DVDs and CDs
by Pianist Richard Glazier
From Gershwin to Garland (DVD)
From Ragtime to Reel Time (DVD)
Broadway to Hollywood (CD)
Gershwin: Remembrances and Discovery (CD)
A few recommended books
about George and Ira Gershwin
Vol. 1: 1918-1930
Vol. 2: 1931-1954
Edited & Designed by Merle Armitage
George Gershwin: His Life and Work
by Howard Pollock
The George Gershwin Reader
by Robert Wyatt and John Andrew Johnson
Singers, Songwriters and Big Bands
Name Those Tunes!
What are some of your favorite Gershwin tunes?
Choose one or more of your favorites for
the free annual online event and you might win a Free CD.
For details click this link for
National Carry A Tune Week
Film Music Review
A Centennial Tribute To Sammy Cahn
"I Hear Music"
A Centennial Tribute To Frank Loesser
"Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive"
Johnny Mercer in Hollywood
"The Last Roundup" -- Billy Hill
"Moon River" - Memories Of Henry Mancini
"River Of No Return" -- Ken Darby
AMP Related Links
100 Songs of the 20th Century
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Lectures and Workshops