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Berlin, Irving
Berlin, Irving

IRVING BERLIN (Music & Lyrics) wrote scores to 13 Broadway musicals, contributed to seven revues, and wrote songs for 12 classic Hollywood movie musicals. Born in Russia, he immigrated to the Lower East Side, where he started as a singing waiter and soon became a lyricist, composer and music publisher.  He built the Music Box Theater to house his Music Box Revues. Among his more than 1,200 songs, many of which are considered classics today, is “God Bless America,” for which he established a fund which receives all revenues from the song and distributes it to the Boy and Girl Scouts.

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Last Chance To See TOP HAT
Last chance to see three times Olivier award-winning production TOP HAT at the Aldwych Theatre. Now Playing until October 26, 2013. Read More
Ted Chapin's STAGE DOOR CANTEEN CD Featured At Barnes & Noble NYC In-Store Event on April 11!
New DRG Recording Celebrates WWII-era Songs from Rodgers & Hammerstein, Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hart and Others. Read More
Oxford University Press Releases Two New Books on Irving Berlin
On Friday April 6, Oxford University Press will release two new books on the life and work of Irving Berlin to join a growing library of volumes on America's most prolific songwriter. Read More
Irving Berlin Music Company Re-Signs with Imagem Music Group, Rodgers & Hammerstein
Relationship Dating From 1990 Continues With Global Representation of Irving Berlin Brand and Grand Rights, and On-Going Music Publishing Representation in North America Read More

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Did you know? Irving Berlin rhymed his thoughts on the creative partnership of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart: "Tuneful and tasty, schmaltzy and smart - music by Rodgers, lyrics by Hart."""
Did you know? The classic song "God Bless America"" was originally written for Irving Berlin's show YIP-YIP YAPHANK at Camp Upton."
Did you know? "White Christmas"", the most-recorded song of all time, is surprisingly brief
Did you know? The Irving Berlin classic "White Christmas"" has been recorded in over 500 versions by more than 150 artists. You can find recordings by Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Garth Brooks, Lee Ann Womack, Diana Krall, Donna Summers, Iggy Pop, Andrea Boccelli, and many more."
Did you know? According to the Guinness Book of World Records, "White Christmas"" is the most-recorded song of all time. The original 1942 recording by Bing Crosby is the best-selling record in history. The song has been translated into dozens of languages, from French and Italian to Latin and Dutch. ""White Christmas"" has even been translated to Yiddish - as ?In Vayse Nitl?. "
Did you know? Composer Jerome Kern once said of Irving Berlin, "Irving Berlin has no place in American music. He IS American music."""
In 1926, the song "Blue Skies"" is incorporated into the Ziegfeld show BETSY. It is introduced by Belle Baker. "
In 1915 was the opening of Irving Berlin's STOP! LOOK! LISTEN! at the Globe Theatre, New York. Score included "I Love a Piano"" and ""The Girl on the Magazine Cover."""
In 1941, Bing Crosby sang "White Christmas"" in its first-ever public performance on the ""Kraft Music Hall"" Radio Program
In 1925, THE COCOANUTS opened in New York.
In 1914 was the opening of WATCH YOUR STEP at the New Amsterdam Theatre, New York: Irving Berlin's first complete musical score for theatre. It included "Simple Melody (Musical Demon)."""
In 1942, one year after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the poet Carl Sandburg wrote, "We have learned to be a little sad and a little lonesome, without being sickly about it. This feeling is caught in the song of a thousand juke boxes and the tune whistled in streets and homes, 'I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas.' When we sing that song we don't hate anybody. . . . Away down under, this latest hit of Irving Berlin catches us where we love peace."""
The birthday of Mary Ellin Barrett, daughter of American legend Irving Berlin. An author and literary critic, Barrett wrote the book IRVING BERLIN: A DAUGHTER'S MEMOIR.
In 2008, Irving Berlin's WHITE CHRISTMAS premiered for the first time as a stage musical on Broadway at the Marquise Theatre. It played for a limited run during the holiday season, and returned to the theater for a repeat run in the winter of 2009 for a total of 53 performances.
In 1943, the stage version of Irving Berlin's THIS IS THE ARMY opened at the Palladium in London.
In 1938, Irving Berlin's song "God Bless America"" was introduced by Kate Smith on her Armistice Day radio program."
In 1916, THE CENTURY GIRL, a revue written by Irving Berlin in collaboration with Victor Herbert, opened in New York.
In 1962, MR. PRESIDENT opened at the St. James Theatre on Broadway where it ran for 265 performances.
In 1949, Irving Berlin received the Legion d'Honneur from the French government.
In 1950, Irving Berlin's CALL ME MADAM opened at the Imperial Theatre, New York.
In 1942, the national tour of THIS IS THE ARMY opened at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C.
In 1933, AS THOUSANDS CHEER opened at the Music Box Theatre, New York. The score included "Easter Parade,"" ""Heat Wave,"" and ""Suppertime."""
In 1893, little Israel Beilin (the future Irving Berlin) arrived in New York with his parents and six siblings aboard the S.S. Rhynland. His eldest brother stayed in Russia.
In 1989, Irving Berlin passed away at 17 Beekman Place in New York City. He was buried at Woodland Cemetery.
Vive la France! In 1920, Irving Berlin became a member of SACEM (the French Society of Authors, Composers, and Publishers).
In 1938, the film CAREFREE was released. The score included Irving Berlin's songs "Change Partners"" and ""I Used to Be Color Blind."""
In 1935 the film TOP HAT premiered in New York. Irving Berlin?s score includes ?Cheek to Cheek,? ?Isn?t It a Lovely Day,? and ?Top Hat, White Tie and Tails.?
In 1918 YIP, YIP, YAPHANK opened at the Century Theatre, New York. Irving Berlin appeared in the show and introduced "Oh! How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning."""
In 1938 the film ALEXANDER'S RAGTIME BAND was released by 20th Century Fox. The score included "Heat Wave"", ""Blue Skies"", ""Easter Parade"" and ""Now It Can Be Told."""
The ZIEGFELD FOLLIES OF 1927, with complete score by Irving Berlin, opened in New York. Songs included "Shakin' the Blues Away."""
In 1942 was the New York Premiere of the film HOLIDAY INN. The song "White Christmas"" was introduced in a scene featuring famous singer Bing Crosby."
In 1938 there was a gala radio tribute on WABC to celebrate the year of Irving Berlin's fiftieth birthday.
In 1943, the film version of THIS IS THE ARMY premiered.
In 1944 the Italian tour of THIS IS THE ARMY ended in Bari.
In 1954 Irving Berlin was given the Congressional Medal of Honor by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
In 1949 MISS LIBERTY opened at the Imperial Theatre on Broadway, with a score by Irving Berlin that includes the hit, "Let's Take an Old Fashioned Walk."" It ran for 308 performances."
In 2009 THE TIN PAN ALLEY RAG opened Off-Broadway at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre. This musical imagines a meeting between Irving Berlin and Scott Joplin, and features classic songs such as "I Love A Piano"" and ""Alexander's Ragtime Band""."
In 1913 Irving Berlin is featured in the revue HELLO RAGTIME at the Hippodrome Theatre, London. He introduced "That International Rag."""
In 1942 THIS IS THE ARMY opened at the Broadway Theatre, New York. Irving Berlin appeared in his own ground-breaking all-soldier show and sang "Oh! How I Hate to get Up in the Morning."""
In 1948 the the film Easter Parade premiered in New York. The score includes Irving Berlin's classic song "Steppin' Out with My Baby."""
In 1963 MR. PRESIDENT closed on Broadway after a run of 265 performances and three Tony Award nominations.
In 1969, Irving Berlin received an honorary degree from Fordham University.
In 1947, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN opened at the Coliseum Theatre in London.
In 1940 LOUISIANA PURCHASE opened at the Imperial Theatre, New York. The score included "It's a Lovely Day Tomorrow."""
In 1934 Irving Berlin was on the cover of TIME magazine.
In 1946 Irving Berlin's musical ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, presented by Rodgers & Hammerstein and starring Ethel Merman, opened at the Imperial Theatre, New York, and ran for 1,147 performances.
In 1988 a tribute was held at Carnegie Hall to celebrate Irving Berlin's one hundredth birthday.
In 1968 Irving Berlin was honored on a ninety-minute television tribute by Ed Sullivan.
In 1888 Israel Beilin was born in Russia to Moses Beilin, a cantor, and his wife, Leah Lipkin. His date of birth is approximate due to differences between the Julian and Gregorian calendars in the nineteenth century. The family emigrated to the United States, where Israel changed his name to Irving Berlin and became one of America's most beloved songwriters.
In 1918 newly-sworn-in U.S. citizen Irving Berlin was inducted into the United States Army with the rank of private. He went on to write the army show YIP, YIP, YAPHANK at Camp Upton, New York.
In 1915 WATCH YOUR STEP opened at the Empire Theatre in London, with songs by Irving Berlin.
In 1954 Irving Berlin received an honorary degree from Temple University.
In 1950 MISS LIBERTY closed on Broadway after 308 performances.
In 1911 Irving Berlin's hit song "Alexander's Ragtime Band"" was published."
In 1945 the South Pacific tour of THIS IS THE ARMY ended in the Philippines. Writer Irving Berlin returned to the United States.
In 1928 THE COCOANUTS opened at the Garrick Theatre, London.
In 1952, CALL ME MADAM opened at the Coliseum Theatre, London.
On this day in 1943, not only did Irving Berlin's "White Christmas"" win Best Song at the 15th Annual Academy Awards, but Berlin also presented the category, announcing himself as the winner!"
In 1944, Irving Berlin's patriotic, all-soldier musical THIS IS THE ARMY opened at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Italy.
In 1918, Irving Berlin became a citizen of the United States.
In 1935, STOP PRESS, the British version of AS THOUSANDS CHEER, opened at the Adelphi Theatre in London.
In 1949, ANNIE DU FAR WEST opened at the Thtre du Chatelet in Paris - a French language production of Irving Berlin's ANNIE GET YOUR GUN.
In 1916, Irving Berlin's FOLLOW THE CROWD, the English title for STOP! LOOK! LISTEN!, opened at the Empire Theatre, London.
In 1932, FACE THE MUSIC opened in New York. The score included Irving Berlin's songs "Let's Have Another Cup of Coffee, "" ""Manhattan Madness,"" and ""Soft Lights and Sweet Music."""
In 1937 was the New York premiere of the Irving Berlin film ON THE AVENUE. The score included "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm"" and ""Slumming on Park Avenue."""
In 1912, Irving Berlin married Dorothy Goetz, sister of songwriter E. Ray Goetz. The newlyweds took an apartment at 346 West Seventy-second Street in New York City.
In 1977, Irving Berlin was given the Medal of Freedom by President Gerald Ford.
In 2009, WHITE CHRISTMAS the stage musical closed on Broadway after two years of limited holiday runs and a total of 53 performances.
In 1926, Irving Berlin and Ellin Mackay were married at City Hall, New York.