Irving Berlin

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Birth Name: Israel Isidore Baline (Beilin)
Birth Place: Tyumen, Russian Empire
Years Active: 1907–1971
Genres: Broadway Musicals, Revues, Show Tunes

Irving Berlin (May 11, 1888September 22, 1989) was an American composer and lyricist widely considered one of the greatest songwriters in history. His first hit song, "Alexander's Ragtime Band", became world famous. The song sparked an international dance craze in places as far away as Russia, which also "flung itself into the ragtime beat with an abandon bordering on mania." Over the years he was known for writing music and lyrics in the American vernacular: uncomplicated, simple and direct, with his aim being to "reach the heart of the average American" whom he saw as the "real soul of the country." He wrote hundreds of songs, many becoming major hits, which made him "a legend" before h... Continue Bio >>

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