Robert Russell Bennett and his friend, William Daly (1887-1936), did orchestrations for Of Thee I Sing (1931.48), with the composer, George Gershwin scoring the second act opening himself. According to Bennett, “Bill Daly was a fine arranger, conducted several of George’s shows and was his constant advisor as he developed musically.” Daly conducted the first reading of Concerto in F, advised Gershwin on the scoring of An American in Paris and attended, with Bennett, an early reading of Porgy and Bess.
Bennett recalls that “Bill Daly taught George a lot more than George could learn from any kind of [formal] teacher.”
Daly was music director on five Gershwin shows, including Tip-Toes (1925.49), Oh, Kay! (1926.36), Of Thee I Sing (1931.48) and Let ‘Em Eat Cake (1933.25). He also worked as music director on Vincent Youmans’ Through the Years (1932.03).