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Irving Berlin

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Berlin in 1941

Source: Wikipedia

Irving Berlin (born Israel Isidore Baline, May 11, 1888 – September 22, 1989) was a Russian-born Jewish-American composer and lyricist. Widely considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history, his music forms a great part of the Great American Songbook. He published his first song, "Marie from Sunny Italy", in 1907, receiving 37 cents for the publishing rights, and had his first major international hit, "Alexander's Ragtime Band" in 1911. He also was an owner of the Music Box Theatre on Broadway.

Fact file

  • Birth name: Israel Isidore Baline (Beilin) (Belarusian: Ізраіль Бэйлін, Russian: Израиль Бейлин)
  • Born: May 11, 1888 Tyumen, Russian Empire
  • Died: September 22, 1989 (aged 101) New York City, New York, United States
  • Genres: Broadway musicals, revues, show tunes
  • Occupation(s): Songwriter, composer, lyricist
  • Years active: 1907–1971

Read more about Irving Berlin at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

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The Rich and Complicated History of ‘God Bless America’
NY Times Music, 2019-07-03 19:25:19
Kate Smith’s rendition is now tainted by her own legacy, but Irving Berlin’s love letter to his adopted country still has the power to stir.

Review: Puttin’ on the Pathos in a Tribute to Irving Berlin
NY Times Theater, 2018-09-11 15:04:06
Hershey Felder plays the composer of “White Christmas” (and dozens of other American song classics) in a relentlessly minor key.

‘God Bless America’: 100 Years of an Immigrant’s Anthem
NY Times Music, 2018-07-03 11:02:19
Irving Berlin, whose patriotism was fueled by coming to the United States as a refugee when he was a child, wrote the song in the summer of 1918.

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