1898 – An American composer was born on the 26th day of September this year in Brooklyn, New York to Russian Jewish immigrant parents.
1919 he scored his first big national hit with his song “Swanee”.
1916 – He started working for Aeolian Company and Standard Music Rolls in New York, recording and arranging piano rolls.
1924 – He composed his first classical work, Rhapsody in Blue for orchestra and piano, which was arranged by Ferde Grofé and premièred with Paul Whiteman’s concert band in New York.
1926 – Then he made o follow up composition entitled “Oh, Kay!”
1931 – It was the first musical comedy to win a Pulitzer Prize. “I Got Rhythm”, in particular, became a Jazz Standard, and its chord progression has incredible significance in Jazz.
1935 – His most ambitious composition was “Porgy and Bess” in this year.
1937 – He began to complain of blinding headaches and a recurring impression that he smelled burned rubber.
1937 – It was in Hollywood, while working on the score of The Goldwyn Follies, that he collapsed, and on July 11, 0f this year, he died after choking on a bologna sandwich.