Today’s birthday May 11th 1888 :  Russian born Jewish American composer and


 Israel Isidore Baline Berlin, known as Irving Berlin considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history. (you know, White Christmas) 

According to the story, young Irving sang the songs he heard while selling newspapers, which way he learned people’s taste in music which formed was the base for his own work. As a teenager he taught himself to play piano and from one came the other. By 1907, 19 y.o, he had his first song “Marie from Italy” published. 

Four years later he had his first major international hit, “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” in 1911. By 1918 he had written hundreds of songs. From the money he made with this success hit, he bought a house for his mother. 

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