Saturday, May 11, 2013
Happy birthday, Irving Berlin
It is the birthday of composer and lyricist Irving Berlin (1888), who gave the nation such popular songs as Easter Parade (1933), God Bless America (1938), White Christmas (1940), Happy Holiday (1942), This is the Army, Mr. Jones (1942), There's No Business Like Show Business (1946). He is widely considered to be one of the greatest American composers ever. Composer Jerome Kern put it succinctly: "Irving Berlin has no place in American music—he is American music." His first international hit song was Alexander's Ragtime Band (1911). Here's a version of it by the Andrews Sisters, another American musical icon.