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George GershwinHis Life and Work$
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Howard Pollack

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520248649

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520248649.001.0001

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From The French Doll to Our Nell (1922)

From The French Doll to Our Nell (1922)

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(p.263) Chapter Fourteen From The French Doll to Our Nell (1922)
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George Gershwin
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Howard Pollack

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520248649.003.0014

On February 20, 1922, two shows opened on Broadway—The French Doll at the Lyceum and For Goodness Sake at the Lyric—that featured some new songs by Gershwin. For Goodness Sake, which ran for 103 performances, grabbed the critics as bright and sophisticated. “Yankee Doodle Blues” became one of Gershwin's relatively few early hits, with more than ten recordings in 1922 alone. Gershwin wrote his third Scandals score, the Scandals of 1922, mostly with Buddy DeSylva. Blue Monday Blues represented another kind of landmark: a one-act opera, lasting about twenty minutes, for six black characters and chorus. Our Nell offered the novel spectacle of a jazzy melodrama, though set in New England rather than Harlem.

Keywords:   For Goodness Sake, Yankee Doodle Blues, Buddy DeSylva, Scandals of 1922, Blue Monday Blues

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