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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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Gershwin among His Friends

Gershwin among His Friends

(p.96) Chapter Six Gershwin among His Friends
George Gershwin

Howard Pollack

University of California Press

Gershwin befriended an extended family, some of whom occupied a large house around the corner at 112th and Seventh Avenue. This family included brothers Herman and Lou Paley; their niece Mabel Pleshette, whose mother, Anna Paley, had married one Louis Pleshette; and their cousins, Max Abramson and his brother, George Pallay. Gershwin apparently met Herman Paley at Remick, where the latter had established himself as one of the firm's more successful songwriters, and where his cousin Max enjoyed spending time. Herman and Max quickly recognized that the young George would go far, while the latter found among these assorted Paleys a congenial second family. Although Gershwin's romantic life largely went undiscussed publicly, he struck a number of observers and friends as having quite a sexual appetite. At the least, Gershwin enjoyed the company of young, attractive, and intelligent women.

Keywords:   second family, extended family, George Gershwin's friends, Lou Paley, Emily Paley, Mabel Pleshette, Herman Paley

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