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Summary Article: Berlin, Irving
from Britannica Concise Encyclopedia

(born May 11, 1888, Mogilyov, Russia—died Sept. 22, 1989, New York, N.Y., U.S.) U.S. songwriter. The son of a Russian Jewish cantor, he and his family immigrated to New York City in 1893. He worked as a street singer and singing waiter, then began writing songs. His first published song, “Marie from Sunny Italy,” appeared in 1907; a printer’s error named him Irving Berlin. In 1911 he wrote the great hit of Tin Pan Alley’s ragtime vogue, “Alexander’s Ragtime Band.” He may have written more than 1,500 songs. Some of his songs include “Cheek to Cheek” and “God Bless America.” He scored many successful films; his score for Holiday Inn (1942) introduced “White Christmas,” one of the best-selling songs of all time. Altogether Berlin wrote the scores for 19 Broadway shows (including Annie Get Your Gun, 1946) and 18 films.

Birth Place: Mohilev, Belarus

Death Place: New York City, New York, United States

Name: Berlin, Irving or Irving Berlin

Gender: male

Nationality: American, Russian

Activity: American composer

Keywords: Best Original Song, “Top Hat”, musical composition, Irving Berlin, “Pretty Girl is like a Melody, A”, American, “Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning”, Mohilev, “How Deep is the Ocean”, “God Bless America”, “Alexander’s Ragtime Band”, “Follow the Fleet”, New York City, “Marie from Sunny Italy”, “Call Me Madam”, “Heat Wave”, Belarus, “White Christmas”, popular music, music, song, libretto, Lifetime Achievement Award, “When I Lost You”, “Holiday Inn”, Academy Award, Berlin, Irving, motion picture, “Annie Get Your Gun”, “There’s No Business Like Show Business”, “Follies”, “Cheek to Cheek”, New York, Grammy Award, “Easter Parade”, “Remember”, “Puttin’ on the Ritz”, musical, “Blue Skies”, Russian, musical film, “Always”

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