The less remembered of the Gershwin
brothers, Ira specialized in lyrics. Ira, with his brother George
, formed one of America's most famous songwriting teams of the 20s and 30s. Notable Broadway
classics written by Ira were Strike Up The Band
and Of Thee I Sing
. Many of their stage hits were adapted for movies. They composed scores for movies including Shall We Dance
and A Damsel in Distress
After George's death, Ira continued working with other greats such as Aaron Copland, Jerome Kern, and Kurt Weill.