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Irving Berlin

Irving Berlin

Born: 1888 Died: 1989

Meet the man who wrote "God Bless America". His name was Irving Berlin, one of the greatest American songwriters of his time. His life began in a foreign country, as one of eight children of Leah and Moses Baline. He grew up and greatly impacted society from the many famous songs and plays he wrote, while most of them are still very popular today. We are talking about the man who started out in a poor town in Russia, then came to the United States and made it big.

Irving Berlin was born under the name Israel Isidore Baline on May 11, 1888 in Mogilyov, Russia. He came to America with his family at age five to escape the pogroms in Russia. The family settled in New York City, where Israel and his brothers sold cheap newspapers on the street to support their family after the death of his father. Not long after, he became a singing waiter, which started him off in the singing business. Israel began composing songs. He couldn't read music, but taught himself to play piano enough so he could write his own music.

Berlin earned thirty-seven cents for his first published song, "Marie of Sunny Italy," in 1907, but by 1911, he had his first big international hit- "Alexander's Ragtime Band". Soon, he started writing shows with songs, skits and dances called revues. It was then he decided his work would sell better if he "Americanized" his name. He changed it from Israel Baline to Irving Berlin.

He wrote many famous musicals as well, including "Annie Get Your Gun" and "Call Me Madam". He wrote "God Bless America", the song we sing at every baseball game nowadays. During the twenties he wrote music for Tin Pan Alley and Broadway, and after the rise of the film musical he also wrote for Hollywood. In 1910, he even started making Vaudeville appearances.

Irving's work greatly influenced society today. You can say that without Thomas Edison, the light bulb would have never been invented. But somebody would have found a source of electronically run light sooner or later. Irving Berlin's work is something that is worth more than something physical. He wrote songs that bring pleasure to those that hear them. "God Bless America" is a perfect example. We can definitely live without that song, but it has slowly become a big part of the American culture and it makes people feel patriotic when they either sing or hear it. It is now a symbol representing patriotism for our country.

Irving Berlin loved music and dedicated his life to it. But it wasn't always just the love of music that brought him to it. In the beginning, he depended on music to bring food to his table. He sang famous songs on the street to earn money for his family. When he became richer and more famous, he started to really enjoy it. Irving once said, "A patriotic song is an emotion...", and for a very good reason. He wrote patriotic songs, where the words came from the heart.

Irving received many awards for his great composing. In 1942, he won the Academy Award for best song for his "White Christmas", also winning the Mabel Mercer Award in 1988. On February 18th, 1955, President Eisenhower presented Berlin a gold medal for recognition of his services in composing patriotic songs for the country.

For the last decade of his life, Berlin kept to himself and made no public appearances. An exception was made, however, on his 100th birthday at Carnegie Hall, which was a rather big event. He passed away one year later at age 101 from natural causes.

Although Berlin is gone from us now, his patriotic songs will stay with us forever more. He lived a good life, making thousands of people happy with his kindness and talent in song-writing.

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Professional Tracks for Serious Singers : Sing the Songs of Irving Berlin : Solo : Songbook & CD : Irving Berlin : 888680039011 : 1941566022 : 00138893

Professional Tracks for Serious Singers : Sing the Songs of Irving Berlin

Review: Nine Irving Berlin classics for male vocalists are presented in this package which is designed to provide the at-home singer with an actual professional setting. The CD features orchestral interludes and instrumental solos typical of a live club performance, retaining the natural performance flow of an actual performance with an accompanying rhythm section or orchestra.

Songlist: Cheek to Cheek, Steppin' Out with My Baby, Let's Face the Music and Dance, Change Partners, Let Yourself Go, Say It Isn't So, Isn't This a Lovely Day, This Year's Kisses, Be Careful, It's My Heart

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Irving Berlin : Holiday Inn - The New Irving Berlin Musical : Solo : Songbook : Irving Berlin : 888680642051 : 1495074005 : 00194941

Irving Berlin : Holiday Inn - The New Irving Berlin Musical

Review: 15 piano/vocal selections from the musical adaptation of the classic holiday film featuring music penned by Irving Berlin, including the iconic Christmas song White Christmas plus: Be Careful, It's My Heart - Blue Skies - Cheek to Cheek - Easter Parade - Happy Holiday - It's a Lovely Day Today - Let's Start the New Year Right - Nothing More to Say - Plenty to Be Thankful For - Shaking the Blues Away - Song of Freedom - Steppin' Out with My Baby - You're Easy to Dance With.

Songlist: Nothing More To Say, Be Careful, It's My Heart, Blue Skies, Cheek To Cheek, Easter Parade, Holiday Inn, Happy Holiday, It's A Lovely Day Today, Let's Start The New Year Right, Plenty To Be Thankful For, Shaking The Blues Away, Song Of Freedom, Steppin' Out With My Baby, White Christmas, You're Easy To Dance With

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Various Arrangers : Irving Berlin A Cappella : SATB : Sheet Music : Irving Berlin

Various Arrangers : Irving Berlin A Cappella

Review: Without doubt Irving Berlin was one of America's greatest songwriter and his music will be performed for generations to come. His songs lend themselves well to harmony arrangements and here are some of his greatest songs arranged by some of the best in the business. The impeccable Mattson touch is clearly evident in this warm a cappella setting of "Count Your Blessings Instead Of Sheep". Full harmonies envelop the listener in a rich blanket of sound and the lyrics flow expressively and naturally in a simple but meaningful way. Varied choral textures and luscious harmonies make "How Deep is the Ocean?" an ideal selection for a cappella vocal groups. Ultimately romantic! "They Say It's Wonderful" will work equally well for a large concert group or a smaller ensemble such as a show or jazz choir. Smooth a cappella vocal lines and expressive jazz textures will create a special moment in your concert!

Songlist: Count Your Blessings Instead Of Sheep, I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm, What'll I Do?, How Deep is the Ocean?, They Say It's Wonderful

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7356b | Sheet Music $9.50 | SATB add item to cart


Irving Berlin : Annie Get Your Gun : Solo : 01 Songbook : Irving Berlin : 073999055764 : 079350855X : 00005576

Irving Berlin : Annie Get Your Gun

Review: Twelve songs from this Irving Berlin favorite, which won the 1999 Tonyae Award for Best Musical Revival. Includes: Anything You Can Do - Doin' What Comes Natur'lly - The Girl That I Marry - I Got Lost in His Arms - I Got the Sun in the Morning - I'll Share It All with You - Moonshine Lullaby - My Defenses Are Down - An Old Fashioned Wedding - There's No Business Like Show Business - They Say It's Wonderful - You Can't Get a Man with a Gun.

Songlist: An Old Fashioned Wedding, Anything You Can Do, Doin' What Comes Natur'lly, The Girl That I Marry, I Got Lost In His Arms, I Got The Sun In The Morning, My Defenses Are Down, There's No Business Like Show Business, They Say It's Wonderful, You Can't Get A Man With A Gun, I'll Share It All With You, Moonshine Lullaby

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20084b | Songbook $10.95 | Solo add item to cart


Irving Berlin : Irving Berlin - Ballads - 2nd Edition : Solo : 01 Songbook : Irving Berlin : 073999080919 : 0793503787 : 00308091

Irving Berlin : Irving Berlin - Ballads - 2nd Edition

Review: This second edition features 26 of Berlin's most-loved classics, including: All by Myself - Always - Be Careful, It's My Heart - Because I Love You - Blue Skies - Change Partner - Easter Parade - The Girl That I Marry - How Deep Is the Ocean - I Never Had a Chance - The Song Is Ended (But the Melody Lingers On) - They Say It's Wonderful - What'll I Do? - and more.

Songlist: Always, All Alone, All By Myself, All Of My Life, Remember, Change Partners, Be Careful, It's My Heart, Because I Love You, Blue Skies, Say It Isn't So, Easter Parade, The Girl That I Marry, How About Me?, How Deep Is The Ocean (How High Is The Sky), I Can't Remember, I Got Lost In His Arms, I Never Had A Chance, I'm Beginning To Miss You, It's A Lovely Day Tomorrow, Maybe It's Because I Love You Too Much, Reaching For The Moon, Soft Lights And Sweet Music, The Song Is Ended (But The Melody Lingers On), They Say It's Wonderful, What'll I Do?, When I Lost You

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Irving Berlin : Irving Berlin - Movie Songs : Solo : 01 Songbook : Irving Berlin : 073999080902 : 0793503795 : 00308090

Irving Berlin : Irving Berlin - Movie Songs

Review: 30 songs from some of the most-loved movies ever. Songs include: Be Careful, It's My Heart - Easter Parade - Happy Holiday - Cheek to Cheek - Sisters - Top Hat, White Tie and Tails - White Christmas - and more.

Songlist: Change Partners, Be Careful, It's My Heart, The Best Things Happen While You're Dancing, Better Luck Next Time, Let Yourself Go, Cheek To Cheek, A Couple Of Swells, Easter Parade, Happy Holiday, I Used To Be Color Blind, I'd Rather Lead A Band, I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket, Isn't This A Lovely Day (To Be Caught In The Rain?), It Only Happens When I Dance With You, Let's Face The Music And Dance, Let's Start The New Year Right, Love, You Didn't Do Right By Me, No Strings (I'm Fancy Free), Now It Can Be Told, The Piccolino, Plenty To Be Thankful For, Sisters, Steppin' Out With My Baby, This Year's Kisses, Top Hat, White Tie And Tails, When Winter Comes, White Christmas, You Keep Coming Back Like A Song, You're Easy To Dance With, You're Laughing At Me

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20393b | Songbook $12.95 | Solo add item to cart


Irving Berlin : Irving Berlin - Novelty Songs : Solo : 01 Songbook : Irving Berlin : 073999080889 : 0793503817 : 00308088

Irving Berlin : Irving Berlin - Novelty Songs

Review: Over 25 of Berlin's most enjoyable hits, including: Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep - I Love a Piano - I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm - Manhattan Madness - Play a Simple Melody - Puttin' on the Ritz - and more.

Songlist: An Old Fashioned Tune Is Always New, Lazy, The Call Of The South, Cohen Owes Me Ninety-Seven Dollars, Count Your Blessings Instead Of Sheep, The Funnies, How Many Times?, I Keep Running Away From You, I Love A Piano, I Want To Go Back To Michigan, (I'll See You In) Cuba, I'm Sorry For Myself, I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm, Manhattan Madness, Mr. Monotony, Pack Up Your Sins & Go To The Devil, Play A Simple Melody, Puttin' On The Ritz, Sittin' In The Sun, Slumming On Park Avenue, Snookey Ookums, So Help Me, Stop! Look! Listen!, Stop Stop Stop (Come Over & Love, They Call It Dancing, What Does It Matter?, When You Walked Out Someone Else Walked Right In, You'd Be Surprised, You've Got Your Mother's Big Blue Eyes!

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Irving Berlin : Irving Berlin - Patriotic Songs : Solo : 01 Songbook : Irving Berlin : 073999080872 : 0793503825 : 00308087

Irving Berlin : Irving Berlin - Patriotic Songs

Review: This collection features 14 all-time national favorites from the incomparable Irving Berlin: Angels of Mercy - Any Bonds Today - For Your Country and My Country - The Freedom Train - Gee, I Wish I Was Back in the Army - Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor - God Bless America - How About a Cheer for the Navy - I'm Getting Tired So I Can Sleep - Miss Liberty - Oh! How I Hate to Get up in the Morning - Song of Freedom - This Is a Great Country - This Is the Army, Mr. Jones.

Songlist: Angels Of Mercy, Any Bonds Today, For Your Country And My Country, The Freedom Train, Gee, I Wish I Was Back In The Army, Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, God Bless Americaae, How About A Cheer For The Navy, I'm Getting Tired So I Can Sleep, Miss Liberty, Oh! How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning, Song Of Freedom, This Is A Great Country, This Is The Army, Mr. Jones

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