1930: Art and Entertainment

Grant Wood’s painting American Gothic is exhibited for the first time at The Art Institute of Chicago and awarded a prize of 300 dollars. The painting may be the most recognizable American painting ever produced.

'American Gothic' photo (c) 2007, Mark Heard - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Listen to an NPR story on the history of the painting, American Gothic:

Hit songs of 1930:

I Got Rhythm by George Gershwin, lyrics by Ira Gershwin.

Body and Soul lyrics by Edward Heyman, Robert Sour and Frank Eyton; and music by Johnny Green.

Georgia on my Mind by Hoagy Carmichael (music) and Stuart Gorrell (lyrics). The song was first recorded on September 15, 1930 in New York by Hoagy Carmichael and His Orchestra with Bix Beiderbecke on muted cornet and Hoagy Carmichael on vocals.

Here’s an old film of Gershwin playing I Got Rhythm:

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