Cabaret Through Time Fridays at McElrath Cabaret: A George Gershwin Quote From Michael Feinstein’s Book –Join Us!


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Frank Sinatra on your Friday, here serving up the delicious “It Ain’t Necessarily So” by George Gershwin from the Broadway musical Porgy and Bess.  This is from Sinatra’s album entitled Sinatra Sings Gershwin, and I’m not sure who the female vocalist is who joins him in a duet on this number–enjoy!


Fridays are the day when we at the McElrath Cabaret Blog present blog posts in our Cabaret Through Time series. We present historical cabaret singers, entertainers, venues, writers, and musicians, and often include cabaret videos. We hope that you find them informative!


George The Great


George Gershwin 1937

George Gershwin,  March 28, 1937

Source:  Carl Van Vechten [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


I was reading Michael Feinstein’s new book, The Gershwins and Me:  A Personal History in Twelve Songs this morning at breakfast, and came across this quote from George Gershwin.  This is from a piece of Gershwin memorabilia that Feinstein has included in his book, and this document, credited as a “note to author from publicist Frank Liberman” (163), is a copy of the original which is included in Feinstein’s volume (162).  It says that this is:


“a page written in pencil.  These are the exact George Gershwin words:

I Do Like

1.  sun bathing

2.  A good book

3.  seeing great paintings

4.  a tolerant woman

5.  exercise

6.  A Hudson River sunset

7.  noodle soup

8.  a good shave

9.  Doing someone a good turn.

10.  The things said about Irving Thalberg  [Thalberg was an American film producer who was the Head of Production at MGM in its early years.]


I Do Not Like

1.  Icy winds

2.  women’s stocking with seams off center

3.  B Pictures

4.  cheap women

5.  sentimental tripe

6.  oysters

7.  long speeches

8.  bad losres (losers)

9.  dead cigars

10.  anything phoney.


I loved this.  When was the last time you wrote out a list of what you like and what you do not like?  It’s good to be clear, to yourself and to others.  I love the humor in this list as well.


Happy Friday, everyone!


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About Athena at McElrath Cabaret

Athena McElrath is an entertainer with a love for theatre and singing. She enjoys delving in the area of historical cabaret, researching the singers and clubs that were in business from before 1920 to the present, in New York and beyond.
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