Mogilev, Russian Empire (now Belarus)
Place of Death
New York, New York, USA
Cause of Death
Claim to Fame
God Bless America", "White Christmas", "Anything You Can Do
Stage & Screen, Piano
Stage & Screen, Vocal, Show Tunes, Popular Music Entry, Cast Recordings, Traditional Pop, Tin Pan Alley Pop, Standards, Soundtracks, Film Music
Smooth, Dramatic, Elegant, Amiable/Good-Natured, Poignant, Carefree, Sophisticated, Refined/Mannered
Songwriter, Piano, Composer
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Irving Berlin (May 11, 1888 – September 22, 1989) was a Jewish American composer and lyricist, and one of the most prolific American songwriters in history. Berlin was one of the few Tin Pan Alley/Broadway songwriters who wrote both lyrics and music for his songs. Although he never learned to read music beyond a rudimentary level, with the help of various uncredited musical assistants or collaborators, he eventually composed over 3,000 songs, many of which (e.g. "God Bless America", "White Christmas", "Anything You Can Do", "There`s No Business Like Show Business") left an indelible mark on music and culture worldwide. He composed seventeen film scores and twenty-one Broadway scores.
Berlin died in his sleep on September 22, 1989, 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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Israel Isidore Baline
Soundtrack, Music Department, Writer
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Lena Lipkin Baline
George Gershwin, Richard Sherwood, Johnny Mercer, Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Ethel Merman, George S. Kaufman, Al Jolson, E. Ray Goetz, Victor Herbert, Sam Harris, Jerome Kern, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II
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Irving Berlin (born Israel Beilin (Russian: Израиль Моисеевич Бейлин) May 23 [O.S. May 11] 1888 – September 22, 1989) was an American composer and lyricist, widely considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history. His music forms a great part of the Great American Songbook. Born in Imperial Russia, Berlin arrived in the United States at the age of five. He published his first song, "Marie from Sunny Italy", in 1907, receiving 33 cents for the publishing rights, and had his first major international hit, "Alexander's Ragtime Band" in 1911. He also was an owner of the Music Box Theatre on Broadway. It is commonly believed that Berlin could not read sheet music, and was such a limited piano player that he could only play in the key of F-sharp unless using his custom piano equipped with a transposing lever.
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Broadway musicals, Revues, Show Tunes
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