Irving Berlin

Born Israel Beilin in a Russian Jewish shtetl in 1888, he died as Irving Berlin in his adopted homeland of New York, New York, U.S.A. in 1989. Songwriter, performer, theatre owner, music publisher and soldier, he defined Jerome Kern’s famous maxim: “Irving Berlin has no place in American music. He is American music.” Berlin wrote over 1,200 songs including "White Christmas,” Puttin’ On The Ritz,” “Easter Parade,” “Always,” “Blue Skies,” “Cheek To Cheek,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” and “God Bless America.” He wrote the scores to more than a dozen Broadway musicals, including Annie Get Your Gun, and provided song for dozens of Hollywood movie musicals. An unabashed patriot, his love for the generosity to his country is legendary, and through several of his ongoing foundations, including The God Bless America Fun, he has donated millions of dollars in royalties to Army Emergency relief, the Boy and Girl Scouts and other organizations. Among his many awards and accolades were the Academy Awards for “White Christmas,” a Congressional Gold Medal, a special Tony Award and commemoration on a U.S. postage stamp.