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Brian Wilson: Gershwin at the Beach

Tribute to the great American composer by the founder and chief songwriter of the Beach Boys

Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin album cover
Brian Wilson

They were born on opposite coasts, nearly two generations apart. Indeed, they were never on the planet at the same time, yet both are giants of 20th-century American music whose work both altered and enriched pop culture.

George Gershwin, born Jacob Gershowitz to Russian-Jewish immigrants in Brooklyn in 1898, elevated Tin Pan Alley and Broadway tunes to an unprecedented level of sophistication, paving the way for Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, Johnny Mercer and others of their elite ilk. Conversely, it was Gershwin who brought opera down from its lofty pedestal and blended it with jazz and blues to craft the landmark Porgy & Bess.

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