Irving Berlin Biography (Wikipedia)
Irving Berlin (born Israel Isidore Baline; May 11, 1888 – September 22, 1989) was an 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. Born in Imperial Russia, Berlin arrived in the United States at the age of five. He published his first song, "Marie from Sunny Italy", in 1907, receiving 33 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.
"Alexander's Ragtime Band" sparked an international dance craze in places as far away as Berlin's native Russia, which also "flung itself into the ragtime beat with an abandon bordering on mania." Over the years he was known for writing music and lyrics in the American vernacular: uncomplicated, simple and direct, with his stated aim being to "reach the heart of the average American," whom he saw as the "real soul of the country." In doing so, said Walter Cronkite, at Berlin's 100th birthday tribute, he "helped write the story of this country, capturing the best of who we are and the dreams that shape our lives."
- Irving Berlin (1888-1989)http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02160yb.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02160yb.jpg2014-06-18T11:50:00.000ZDonald Macleod explores the life and work of Irving Berlin, a composer whose career spanned Dvorak to The Beatles.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02160yn
Irving Berlin (1888-1989)
Irving Berlin Performances