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Irving Berlin

Artist: Irving Berlin 
Summary:widely considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history. He published his first song, Marie from Sunny Italy, in 1907 and had his first major international hit, Alexanders Ragtime Band in 1911.
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Irving Berlin Biography


Irving Berlin (May 11, 1888–September 22, 1989) was an American composer and lyricist.

Born Israel Isidore Baline, in Tyumen, Siberia (or Mahilyow (Mogilev), Belarus ?), he emigrated to the United States in 1893 with the rest of his family. Following the death of his father in 1896, Irving found himself having to work to survive. He did various street jobs including selling newspapers and busking. The harsh economic reality of having to work or starve was to have a lasting effect on the way Berlin treated money. In 1911 the song 'Alexander's Ragtime Band' launched a musical career that would span over a thousand songs including many hit Broadway musicals.

Irving Berlin's first credited song lyrics were for 'Marie from Sunny Italy' in 1907, the year he changed his name. He was paid 37 cents for this song.

In 1917 during World War I, while he staged a musical revue Yip Yip Yaphank while at Camp Upton in Yaphank, New York. The revue was a patriotric tribute to the United States Army. Berlin composed the song 'God Bless America' for the revue but decided against using it. The revue was later included in the 1943 movie This Is the Army featuring other Berlin songs, including the famous title piece, as well as a full-length rendition of 'God Bless America' by Kate Smith.

He was responsible for many Hollywood film scores including Top Hat (1935) as well as songs such as 'White Christmas' from the film Holiday Inn (1942). Berlin was equally as prolific on Broadway, where he is perhaps best known for Annie Get Your Gun (1946), although he stopped writing after the failure of Mr President in 1962. Other well-known hits, include: Alexander's Ragtime Band, Always, Blue Skies, Change Partners, Cheek to Cheek, Easter Parade, God Bless America, Heat Wave, Hostess With the Mostest, How Deep Is the Ocean?, I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm, Let Yourself Go, Let's Face the Music and Dance, Marie; Oh, How I Hate to Get up in the Morning, (A)Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody, Puttin' on the Ritz, Say It Isn't So, Steppin' Out With My Baby, There's No Business Like Show Business; Top Hat, White Tie and Tails, and What'll I Do?


His friend and fellow songwriter Jule Styne said of him:

'It's easy to be clever. But the really clever thing is to be simple.' 1 (http://www.washtimes.com/commentary/20040610-091743-3433r.htm)

In spite of his musical career, Berlin never learned how to play a piano or read music beyond a rudimentary level. He owned a special piano that mechanically transposed keys and an assistant wrote out the music scores.

Becoming a virtual recluse in his last years, Berlin didn't attend the 100th birthday party held in his honor.

He was married twice. His first wife, singer Dorothy Goetz, sister of songwriter E. Ray Goetz, died of pneumonia and typhoid fever, contracted on their honeymoon to Cuba and five months after their wedding in 1912; she was only 20 years old. (Her death inspired Berlin's song 'When I Lost You', which became one of his earliest hits. Curiously, a year before Dorothy Berlin's death, Irving Berlin, E. Ray Goetz, and Ted Snyder cowrote a song called 'There's a Girl in Havana'.) His second wife was Ellin Mackay, a Catholic heiress to the Comstock Lode mining fortune as well as a writer who was published in 'The New Yorker'. They were married in 1936 and had three daughters – Mary Ellin, Linda, and Elizabeth, all of whom were raised Protestant – and a son, Irving Berlin, Jr., who died before his first birthday, on Christmas Day.

Irving Berlin died of a heart attack in New York City at the age of 101 and was interred in the Woodlawn Cemetery in The Bronx, New York.



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White Christmas "(Movie Vocal Selections). By Irving Berlin. For voice, piano and guitar chords. Piano/Vocal/Guitar Songbook. Christmas and Standards. SMP Level 4 (Intermediate). Songbook. Vocal melody, piano accompaniment, lyrics, chord names, guitar chord diagrams and

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White Christmas "(Piano/Vocal/Guitar). By Irving Berlin. For voice, piano and guitar chords. Piano Vocal. Christmas and Standards. Difficulty: easy-medium. Single. Vocal melody, piano accompaniment, lyrics, chord names and guitar chord diagrams. 6 pages. Published by Hal

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Annie Get Your Gun "By Irving Berlin. For voice, piano and guitar (chords only). Vocal Selections. Broadway and Standards. Difficulty: medium. Songbook. Vocal melody, piano accompaniment, lyrics and chord names. 48 pages. Published by Hal Leonard"

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Irving Berlin's God Bless America & Other Songs For A Better Nation "By Various. For voice, piano and guitar chords. Piano/Vocal/Guitar Songbook. Americana. Difficulty: medium. Songbook. Vocal melody, piano accompaniment, lyrics, chord names and guitar chord diagrams. 119 pages. Published by Hal Leonard"

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Irving Berlin: A Century of Song (Medley) By Irving Berlin. Arranged by Mac Huff. SATB. Choral. 64 pages. Published by Hal Leonard

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Always "By Irving Berlin. For voice, piano and guitar chords. Piano Vocal. Standards, Vocal Standards and Traditional Pop. Difficulty: medium. Single. Vocal melody, piano accompaniment, lyrics, chord names and guitar chord diagrams. 6 pages. Published by Hal Leo

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Sisters "By Irving Berlin. For voice, piano and guitar chords. Piano Vocal. Movies. Difficulty: medium. Single. Vocal melody, piano accompaniment, lyrics, chord names and guitar chord diagrams. 4 pages. Published by Hal Leonard"

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Anthology "By Irving Berlin. For voice, piano and guitar chords. P/V/G Composer Collection. Standards and Broadway. Difficulty: medium. Songbook. Vocal melody, piano accompaniment, lyrics, chord names, guitar chord diagrams, introductory text and black & white phot

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Anything You Can Do "(from Annie Get Your Gun). By Irving Berlin. For voice, piano and guitar chords. Piano Vocal. Broadway and Standards. Difficulty: medium. Single. Vocal melody, piano accompaniment, lyrics, chord names and guitar chord diagrams. 7 pages. Published by Cher

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Puttin' On The Ritz "By Irving Berlin. Arranged by Arthur Frackenpohl. For 2 Trumpets, French Horn, Trombone And Tuba. Brass Quintet. Jazz. Grade 4. Duration 3:00. Published by Kendor Music Inc"

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I Love a Piano By Irving Berlin. Piano Vocal. 6 pages. Published by Hal Leonard

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Sisters (from White Christmas) ((from White Christmas)). By Irving Berlin. Arranged by Kirby Shaw. For SSA chorus and piano accompaniment (SSA). Hal Leonard Pop Choral Series. Choral. Standards. Difficulty: medium. Octavo. Chord names. 8 pages. Published by Hal Leonard

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Puttin' On The Ritz By Irving Berlin. Arranged by Arthur Frackenpohl. For saxophone quartet. Saxophone Quartet. Standards and Jazz. Grade 4. Set of performance parts. Published by Kendor Music Inc

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God Bless America "By Irving Berlin. For voice, piano and guitar chords. Piano Vocal. Americana and Vocal Standards. Difficulty: medium. Single. Vocal melody, piano accompaniment, lyrics, chord names and guitar chord diagrams. 6 pages. Published by Hal Leonard"

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Blue Skies "By Irving Berlin. Arranged by Jeff Jarvis. For 2 Trumpets, French Horn, Trombone And Tuba. Brass Quintet. Grade 4. Published by Kendor Music Inc"

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Snow (from White Christmas) ((from White Christmas)). By Irving Berlin. Arranged by Mark Bymer. For SATB choir and piano accompaniment (SATB). Hal Leonard Choral. Christmas and Standards. Octavo. Chord names. 12 pages. Published by Hal Leonard

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Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep By Irving Berlin. Piano Vocal. 4 pages. Published by Hal Leonard

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Blue Skies By Irving Berlin. Piano Vocal. 6 pages. Published by Hal Leonard

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Blue Skies By Irving Berlin. Arranged by Greg Yasinitsky. For S(A)ATB Saxophones. Saxophone Quartet. Grade 4. Published by Kendor Music Inc

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There's No Business Like Show Business ((from Annie Get Your Gun)). By Irving Berlin. Arranged by Mark A. Brymer. SATB. Choral. 16 pages. Published by Hal Leonard

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