With a life that spanned more than 100 years and a catalogue that boasted over 1000 songs, Irving Berlin epitomized Jerome Kern’s famous maxim that “Irving Berlin has no place in American music — he is American music.”
Irving Berlin was born Israel Beilin on May 11, 1888. One of eight children, his exact place of birth is unknown, although his family had been living in Tolochin, Byelorussia, when they immigrated to New York in 1893. When his father died, Berlin, just turned 13, took to the streets in various odd jobs, working as a busker singing for pennies, then as a singing waiter in a Chinatown Cafe. In 1907 he published his first song, “Marie from Sunny Italy,” and by 1911 he had his first major international hit — “Alexander’s Ragtime Band.”
*****And there were folks pretty upset because Marc Anthony, a Mexican spic, was asked to sing “God Bless America” during America’s main sport – baseball?
It’d be best if some would get the facts straight before getting their panties in a wad and showing their major ignorance to the world by “tweeting” a ton of incorrect information about an American citizen!!
We ALL are united through MUSIC!!
We ALL are ONE!!