When Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle's "Shuffle Along" traveled to Boston, Still had an opportunity to study composition with the composer George W. Chadwick at the New England Conservatory. Since the show ran for such a long time, the players would improvise on their parts to keep from being bored. According to Judith Anne Still, the composer's daughter, Eubie Blake was speaking to Still on the telephone and began to whistle what Still thought was George Gershwin's, "I Got Rhythm." When Still asked him why he was whistling the Gershwin tune, Blake informed him that it was not the Gershwin tune but an improvised part that Still had come up with many years ago while playing in "Shuffle Along" Gershwin heard the tune while attending a performance of the show.
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