(1896-1983) American Lyricist. Ira Gershwin collaborated with his younger brother, composer George Gershwin, to create some of the most memorable songs of the 20th century. With George he wrote more than a dozen Broadway shows. First Day Cover, Feb. 28, 1973, with a cachet and commemorative stamp recognizing his brother ‘George Gershwin’ signed in black ink. Very good.