This Day in Jewish History / The Premiere of 'Rhapsody in Blue'

A 25-year-old George Gershwin scrambled to write 'Rhapsody in Blue' in just a few weeks. It would go on to become one of the most popular and recognizable tunes of the 20th century.

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On February 12, 1924, “Rhapsody in Blue” had its world premiere in New York. Performed by the Paul Whiteman orchestra with the 25-year-old composer, George Gershwin, playing solo piano, the composition proved...