Previous | Next
560561562563564565566567568569570571572573574575576577578579580581582583584585586587588589590591592593594595596597598599600601602603604605606607608609610611612613613a613b613c613d613e of 1029
my name? I'm George Gershwin.” His astonishment and rage
and our enjoyment of that I've never forgotten.
We were together in Florida when the banks closed,
just after Franklin D. Roosevelt was inaugurated as President.
George was trying to cash a check at the Roney Plaza Hotel.
I came downstairs and heard him screaming at the cashier.
They wouldn't cash his check! I came over and said, “What's
the matter?" George said, “They don't know that I'm George
Gershwin. They won't cash my check.” I knew the girl at
the cage and said, “He's a friend of mine. He's a very
famous composer.” She said, “Oh, Mr. Cerf, if he's a friend
of yours, it's all right.” George got so angry because they
cashed the check for me and not for him that he didn't talk
to her or me the rest of the day.
Was he ever humming tunes in his mind or did you ever
A couple of other Gershwin stories I'll tell you and
then we've got to get on with the Cerf oral history!
Yes. I know.
One of the great stories about George...at a big
dinner once, he whipped out a gold cigarette case that a
score of famous people had autographed. Apropos of nothing
he said, “I want to show you people my new cigarette case.”
© 2006 Columbia University
Libraries | Oral History
Research Office | Rights and
Permissions | Help