* GERSHWIN, Ira (1896-1983). Autograph letter signed ("Ira Gershwin"), to John Fischbach. Beverly Hills, CA, 5 January 1949.
1 page, 4to, corners slightly creased, with original holograph addressed envelope. Gershwin patiently (and humorously) responds to a series of questions posed on a variety of musical matters. He begins his response: "Answering you in full would be taking on a new career for me…" Then goes on: "Have I ever collaborated with an amateur? Haven't any idea. Is it possible for a person to write a good song without formal music education? Of course. Irving Berlin is an outstanding example. There are many others. Yes, I wrote the lyrics for 'I Can't Get Started.' Vernon Duke did the music… 'Let's Take a Walk Around the Block' is by E. Y. Harburg and myself (lyrics) and Harold Arlen (music). Yes, B. G. De Sylva wrote the lyrics and Geo. Gershwin the music for 'Somebody Loves Me.' Lots of music of Geo. Gershwin is still to be published. Yes. Jack Benny lives on the same block that I do." He concludes the letter: "O.K., Mr. Fischbach? Am holding you to your promise not to write me again for a long, long time. Best Wishes, Ira Gershwin."
Estimate $ 800-1,200
Property from the Robert L. McKay Collection, North Tustin, California