Edward Jablonski (March 1, 1922 – February 10, 2004) was an American author known for his biographies on notable figures in American culture such as George Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Alan Jay Lerner, and Irving Berlin, alongside his works on aviation history.

Born in Bay City, Michigan into a Polish-American family of journalists and writers, Jablonski developed an early passion for the music of George and Ira Gershwin. This interest led to a lasting friendship with Ira Gershwin, beginning with a fan letter Jablonski wrote as a student. While his love for music was profound, his true fascination lay with aviation, particularly with the planes at James Clements Airport near his hometown and later, the broader aspects of aerial warfare.

Jablonski served in the United States Army Field Artillery in New Guinea during World War II, earning the Silver Star for his service. Post-war, he pursued pre-journalism studies at a junior college in Bay City and then graduated from the New School for Social Research in 1950. He also undertook postgraduate studies in anthropology at Columbia University. In 1949, he co-founded Walden Records, a New York City-based recording studio specializing in American pop music. Jablonski’s career also included writing articles, music reviews, and liner notes, marking the start of his five-decade-long freelance career. At the time of his death, he was working on “Masters of American Song,” a comprehensive history of American pop music.

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  • 1987: Gershwin, by Edward Jablonski

    “Gershwin” by Edward Jablonski is a comprehensive biography that delves into the life and work of the legendary American composer, George Gershwin. The book offers readers a deep exploration of Gershwin’s musical genius and his impact on the world of music, providing a detailed account of Gershwin’s upbringing, his rise to fame, and his enduring legacy.

    Published by Doubleday in New York in 1987, the present volume is a stated first edition. The book is in almost new condition, with only minor wear at the bottom edge of the dust jacket and a small pencil mark on the pre-titular page. Not price clipped and appears not to have been read, this book is a valuable addition to any music lover’s collection.