Irving BerlinBorn 11 May 1888. Died 22 September 1989
Irving Berlin Biography (Wikipedia)
Irving Berlin (born Israel Beilin (Russian: Израиль Моисеевич Бейлин) 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. It is commonly believed that Berlin could not read sheet music, and was such a limited piano player that he could only play in the key of F-sharp unless using his custom piano equipped with a transposing lever.
"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)https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02160yb.jpghttps://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.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02160yn
Irving Berlin (1888-1989)
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