Happy birthday, Irving

Israel Isidore Baline was born in Russia on May 11, 1888, and moved with his family to New York City in 1893 — part of a mass exodus of Jewish families fleeing anti-Jewish violence in Russia. “Israel” became “Irving” sometime after his arrival in the United States, and “Baline” became “Berlin” as the result of a printer’s error when he published his first song in 1907. In 1911 he had his first big hit with “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” and he went on to write hundreds more — including “White Christmas,” “Easter Parade,” “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” He composed the scores for nineteen Broadway shows and eighteen Hollywood movies.

In 1968, a few days before his 80th birthday, Irving Berlin appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show to sing one of his greatest hits.

6 Responses to Happy birthday, Irving

  1. Eliza Ayres says:

    Reblogged this on Blue Dragon Journal.

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  2. ibikenyc says:

    I forget just HOW prolific he was.

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  3. julesmomcat says:

    “If the quarantine has ruined your plans for 2020, save them for 2022. Because 2022 is 2020, too.”

    LOL! So TRUE!!!

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  4. julesmomcat says:

    Awesome! Didn’t realize Irving Berlin was such a prolifically musical genius! Thanks, Bob, for this edification.

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  5. I’ve always loved his music. 🙂 — Suzanne

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