Edward Jablonski

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This article is about the american author. For the Polish soccer player, see Edward Jabłoński.

Edward Jablonski (March 1, 1922 – February 10, 2004) was the author of several biographies on American cultural personalities, such as George Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Alan Jay Lerner and Irving Berlin, as well as books on aviation history.[1]

Early life[edit]

Jablonski was born in Bay City, Michigan. Early on he fell in love with the music of George and Ira Gershwin. A fan letter he wrote to Ira while in school quickly turned into regular correspondence and eventually a lasting friendship with the lyricist.

While Jablonski was interested in music, his true fascination was with aviation. Supposedly, he spent much of his time watching the planes at the James Clements Airport near the South End of Bay City.[2] Later on in his life he became interested in aerial warfare. Telling an interviewer in 1986, "Aviation makes possible the most deadly form of warfare ever -- the perversion of one of man's greatest inventions."[3]

Military and writing career[edit]

He served in the United States Army Field Artillery in New Guinea during World War II. For his actions in New Guinea he was awarded the Silver Star.

After leaving the army, he attended junior college in Bay City as a pre-journalism major. He continued his studies at the New School for Social Research, receiving his bachelor's in 1950. He also completed postgraduate work in anthropology at Columbia.[4]

In 1949, Jablonski and Peter Bartok confounded Walden Records. The company was a short-lived recording studio in New York City that specialized in American Pop pop music.

While working for the March of Dimes charity in New York, Jablonski wrote article reviews for a small magazine and liner notes for albums, this was the beginning for a fifty year freelance career.[3]

At the time of his death he was working on Masters of American Song, which would have been a comprehensive history of American pop music.

Works[edit]

Legacy[edit]

His book collection and papers are held by the Pritzker Military Museum & Library in Chicago, Illinois.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wolfgang Saxon, "Edward Jablonski, Who Wrote Biographies of Gershwin, Dies at 81", published on February 13th, 2004 by The New York Times. Accessed on July 30, 2008 http://www.nytimes.com/2004/02/13/arts/edward-jablonski-dies-at-81-wrote-biographies-of-gershwin.html .
  2. ^ MMCC. "Famed Bay City Author Ed Jablonski Gives Impressions of Gershwin Pianist". Mybaycity.com. Retrieved 2014-05-08. 
  3. ^ a b "Edward Jablonski, 81; Known for Biographies of Composers - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. 2004-02-14. Retrieved 2014-05-08. 
  4. ^ Wolfgang Saxon (2004-02-13). "Edward Jablonski Dies at 81; Wrote Biographies of Gershwin - New York Times". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 2014-05-06. 

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