"Irving Berlin" (May 11, 1888 – September 22, 1989), born "Israel Isidore Baline" (as per http://www.ellisisland.org/genealogy/ellis_island_famous_arrivals.asp), in Tyumen, Russia (or possibly Mogilev, now Belarus), was an American composer and lyricist, one of the most prodigious and famous American songwriters in history. Berlin got his start as a lyricist for other composers, and although he never learned how to read music beyond a rudimentary level, he wrote over 3,000 songs, many of which, including God Bless America", "White Christmas", "Alexander's Ragtime Band", and "There's No Business Like Show Business" left an indelible mark on American music and culture. Berlin was one of the few Tin Pan Alley/Broadway songwriters who wrote both lyrics and music for his songs. He produced 17 film scores and 21 Broadway scores in addition to his individual songs.
Irving Berlin's family migrated to the United States in 1893. His parents were Leah (Lena) Jarchin and Moses Baline; his father was a rabbi who obtained work certifying kosher meat (see http://www.nydailynews.com/city_life/big_town/v-bigtown_archive/story/209553p-180590c.html). Following the death of his father i...
|date of birth||May 11, 1888|
|place of birth||Tyumen, Siberia|
|date of death||September 22, 1989|
|place of death||New York City, New York, United States|