George first began to take piano lessons in 1910 after his parents bought a piano for his brother Ira.
George reportedly dated Paulette Goddard whilst she was still married to Charlie Chaplin.
George worked as a cigar salesman before becoming a composer.
George was born to Russian-Jewish immigrants.
George had two brothers, Ira and Arthur and a sister named Francis.
George is buried at Mount Hope Cemetery, Hastings on Hudson, NY.
George's work Porgy and Bess was the first almost all black opera to be performed in the Soviet Union.
George was 5'10" tall.
George worked closely with his brother Ira Gershwin.
George: There is only one important thing in music and that is ideas and feelings. The various tonalities and sounds mean nothing unless they grow out of ideas. Not many composers have ideas. Far more of them know how to use strange instruments which do not require ideas. Whoever has inspired ideas will write the great music of our period.
George: I'd like my music to keep people - all kinds of people - awake when they should be sleeping. I'd like my compositions to be so vital that I'd be required by law to dispense sedatives with each score sold.
George: Why should I limit myself to only one woman when I can have as many women as I want?
George: True music must repeat the thoughts and inspirations of the people and the time. My people are Americans and my time is today.
George Gershwin: Life is a lot like jazz. It's best when you improvise.