Until Sinatra belted out “New York, New York” and Alicia Keys joined Jay-Z to record “Empire State of Mind,” Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” alone was identified with New York. It set the path for Elvis Pressley, Michael Jackson, and Mariah Carey to bring America’s artistic greatness to audiences on every continent.
By Ian Brodie
Ian Brodie is professor of political science at the University of Calgary, a former chief of staff to Stephen Harper, and the author of "At the Centre of Government." Subscribe to his newsletter at thethursdayquestion.substack.com.