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Irving Berlin (Songwriter) - Age, Birthday, Bio, Facts, Family, Net Worth, Height & More

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Irving Berlin
Irving Berlin 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 using his custom piano equipped with a transposing lever. "Alexander's Ragtime Band" sparked an international dance craze in places as far away as Berlin's native Russia, which also "flung itself into the ragtime beat with an abandon bordering on mania."
Born Israel Beilin, May 11, 1888, Tolochin, Russian Empire
Died September 22, 1989, Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
Occupation Songwriter, composer, lyricist
Years active 1907–1971
Known for Popular songs, ragtime, Broadway musicals, show tunes
Children 4, including Mary Barrett

About Irving Berlin

God Bless America and White Christmas are two of his most famous songs. He was regarded as one of the greatest songwriters in the United States.

Irving Berlin before fame

In an act of antisemitism, his house was set on fire. Alexander's Ragtime Band, released in 1911, was his first international hit, igniting a worldwide dance frenzy.

Achievement of Irving Berlin

Over the course of his six-decade career, he wrote 1,500 songs, had eight Academy Award nominations, and had 25 chart hits. Artists as diverse as Pop Singer Frank Sinatra and Rock Singer Jerry Garcia recorded his music.

Irving Berlin family life

In February 1912, he married Dorothy Goetz, the sister of lyricist E. Ray Goetz. Six months after their wedding, she died of typhoid disease. On January 4, 1926, he married heiress Ellin MacKay, with whom he had four children.

Associations of Irving Berlin

He worked with US President Ronald Reagan in the film This is the Army from 1942 in which Kate Smith sang God Bless America, his popular 1918 patriotic number.

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Latest information about Irving Berlin updated on March 17 2022.