Gershwin’s first film score after arriving in Hollywood was the Astaire-Rogers Shall we Dance?
Among the hits was They all laughed
—a song that still packs a punch, even though some of its topical references have now faded into obscurity. (Who is Whitney with his cotton gin—or Fulton and his steamboat?) The lyrics are by George’s brother Ira.
from notes by Roger Vignoles © 1988