Monday, April 21, 2008

Irving Berlin, songwriter

Irving Berlin (May 11, 1888 – September 22, 1989) was a Russian-born naturalized American composer and lyricist, and one of the most prolific American songwriters in history. Berlin was one of the few Tin Pan Alley/Broadway songwriters who wrote both lyrics and music for his songs. He also published his own songs. Although he never learned to read music beyond a rudimentary level, with the help of various uncredited musical assistants or collaborators, he eventually composed over 3,000 songs, many of which (e.g. "God Bless America", "White Christmas", "Anything You Can Do", "There's No Business Like Show Business") left an indelible mark on American music and culture. He composed seventeen film scores and twenty-one Broadway scores.


"Oh, How I Hate to get up in the Morning"
Words & Music by Irving Berlin (1918)
Performed by Irving Berlin



"Always"
Words & Music by Irving Berlin (1925)
Performed by Billie Holiday



"Blue Skies"
Words & Music by Irving Berlin (1927)
Performed by Willie Nelson



"Puttin' On the Ritz"
Words & Music by Irving Berlin (1928)
Performed by Fred Astaire

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