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Irving Berlin

One of the Greatest Songwriters in American HistoryIrving Berlin

Born May 11, 1888 in RussiaBirth name was Israel Isidore BeilinImmigrated to America in 1893 where they settled in NYCDuring the 1900 census the name Beilin changed to BalineSettled on Cherry Street in a basement flat with no windows in the Yiddish Theater District on the Lower East SideHis Father took a job at a Kosher meat market, and taught Hebrew lessons to support his struggling familyFather died when Berlin was 13 Became a newspaper boySelling newspapers allowed Izzy to hear the hits of the dayAt 14 Berlin left home to become a foot soldierEarly LifeThe only skill Irving Berlin acquired from his Father was singingIn 1906 when Berlin turned 18 he began working as a singing waiter in a Caf in ChinatownFirst attempt at songwriting was Marie from Sunny ItalyMade history because of a printers errorCover read I. BerlinIn 1908 at the age of 20 Berlin took a new job at a saloon in the Union Square neighborhood1909 big break as a staff lyricist with the Ted Snyder Company

Early Music Career

Written over 1,500 songsLegend by the time he was 30Scores for 19 Broadway Shows & 18 Hollywood Films

Most-Famous Songs Include:Alexanders Ragtime BandCheek to CheekTheres No Business Like Show BusinessPuttin On the RitzEaster ParadeWhite ChristmasGod Bless America

Career OverviewAlexanders Ragtime Band- 1911When I Lost You- 1912Watch Your Step- Debut Musical 1914Play a Simple MelodyThe always Follow Me AroundWhen I Discovered YouBy 1918 he had written hundreds of songsA Pretty Girl is Like a Melody- written for Ziegfelds Follies of 1919Drafted into the army- 1917Yip! Yip! Yaphank!Oh, How I Hate To Get Up in the MorningKitchen PoliceDream On, Little Soldier BoyMusic Box Theater- 1921By 1926- two editions of Ziegfelds Follies and four Music Box RevuesThis is the Army- 1941

careerAnnie Get Your Gun- 1946Music/Lyrics: Irving BerlinBook: Herbert and Dorothy FieldsRan for 1,147 Performances**Most successful score!**Theres No Business Like Show BusinessYou Cant Get a Man With a GunThey Say Its WonderfulAnything You Can Docareer

Miss Liberty- 1949Give Me Your Tired, Your PoorFollow the Leader JigMiss LibertyCall Me Madam- 1950Washington Square DanceMarrying for LoveIts a Lovely Day TodayMr. President- 1962Meat and PotatoesIm Gonna Get HimThe Presidents Plane


Watch Your Step (1914)Stop! Look! Listen! (1915)The Century Girl (1916)Yip Yip Yaphank (1918)Ziegfeld Follies (1919)Music Box Revue (1921-1924)The Cocoanuts (1925) Face the Music (1932)As Thousands Cheer (1933)Louisiana Purchase (1940)This Is the Army (1942)Annie Get Your Gun (1946)Miss Liberty (1949)Call Me Madam (1950)Mr. President (1962)White Christmas (2004 post-mortem production)Top Hat (2012 post-mortem production)Stage

Film ScoresMadame Butterfly (1922)The Cocoanuts (1929)Puttin' on the Ritz (1930)Top Hat (1935)Follow the Fleet (1936)On the Avenue (1937)Carefree (1938)Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938)Second Fiddle (1939)Holiday Inn (1942)This Is the Army (1943)Easter Parade (1948)Annie Get Your Gun (1950)Call Me Madam (1953)There's No Business Like Show Business (1954)White Christmas (1954)

1912- Married Dorth GoetzShe died 6 months later of typhoid fever1925- fell in love with a young heiress, Ellin MackayEloped in late 1920s4 children during their 63 years of marriageEllin died at the age of 859 Grandchildren

Devoted to his Jewish faith, and advocate of civil rightsSupported the presidential candidacy of General Dwight Eisenhower and was consumed by patriotismPersonal life

DeathBerlin died in his sleep on September 22, 1989 of natural causes in NYC at the age of 101

The evening following the announcement of his death the marquee lights of Broadway playhouses were dimmedRecognition and Awards1944- National Conference of Christians and Jews for Advancing the aims of the conference to eliminate religious and racial conflict1945- Armys Medal of Merit from General Marshall, at the direction of the President1949- Young Mens Hebrew Association, one of the 12 most outstanding Americans of Jewish faith1951- Tony Award for Best Score for the musical, Call Me Madam1963- Special Tony Award for his contributions to the American Musical1968- Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award1970- Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame1994- Star on the Hollywood Walk of FameReceived induction into the American Theater Hall of Fame