Personalities | Irving Berlin | Twenties | Jazz & Blues
(Piano, songwriter, 1888–1989)
Born Israel Beilin in Siberia, Berlin’s family relocated in 1893 to New York, where he broke into vaudeville. He published his first song in 1907 and in 1911 had his first major hit with ‘Alexander’s Ragtime Band’. One of America’s most prolific melodicists, Berlin wrote hundreds of tunes that became standards, including ‘Always’, ‘Cheek To Cheek’, ‘White Christmas’ and ‘There’s No Business Like Show Business’ from his successful musical Annie Get Your Gun. His songs have been interpreted by musicians from Bessie Smith to Charlie Parker to Cassandra Wilson.
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