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A Blast from the Past

The weekly Blast from the Past report for Sept. 16-22.
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include the late country singers Jimmie "The Singing Brakeman" Rodgers, who was born in 1897, and Patsy Cline in 1932; John Sylvia, bassist with the Tune Weavers, in 1934 (age 68); Brian Cole of The Association and Beau Brummels lead sin
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly Today in Music package for Sept. 7-13.
By United Press International

Sophie Tucker recalled in one-woman show

NEW YORK, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- The first sleeper of the theater season is a one-woman show, "Red Hot Mama," that recreates the bigger-than-life entertainment star Sophie Tucker whose 60-year
FREDERICK M. WINSHIP

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Trombonist, violinist and singer Lou McGarity was born this day in 1917 in Athens, Ga. He worked extensively with Benny Goodman, the Yank Lawson-Bob Haggart Jazz Band and was a founding member of the World's Greatest Jazz Band. He died in 1971 of a heart
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

The Almanac

The UPI Almanac for Saturday, May 11, 2002
By United Press International

Today in Music: A look back at pop music

(May 11) Today's birthdays include Irving Berlin, who was born in 1888; Eric Burdon, formerly with the Animals, in 1941 (age 61); Gerry and the Pacemakers bassist Les Chadwick in 1943 (age 59); Butch Trucks, Allman Brothers Band drummer, in 1947 (age 5
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Today in Music: A look back at pop music

Today in Music advance package, May 11-17, 2002.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(May 6) Today's birthdays include Cleftones lead singer Herbie Cox, who was born in 1939; and Bob Seger in 1945 (age 57).
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(May 4) Today's birthdays include Maynard Ferguson, who was born in 1928 (age 74); Spirit drummer Ed Cassidy in 1931 (age 71); Ritchie Burns of the Hondells in 1941 (age 61); ...
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Country Music News

TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY (Thurs., March 28) Arlie Duff was born in 1924. Dillards mandolin player Dean Webb was born in 1937. Charlie McCoy was born in 1941.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Today is Feb. 21. The pianist and composer Tadd Dameron was born this day in 1917 in Cleveland, Ohio.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Today is Feb. 20. Saxophonist and flute player Bobby Jaspar was born this date in 1926 in Liege, Belgium.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Court to weigh copyright law challenge

WASHINGTON, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to decide if Congress exceeded its power when it brought U.S. copyright law into conformity the laws of the European Union in 1
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Legal Affairs Correspondent

Songwriters Hall of Fame's new class

NEW YORK, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- The National Academy of Popular Music announced Monday that Sting, Michael Jackson, Randy Newman, Barry Manilow and Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson will be
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Irving Berlin
Composer and songwriter Irving Berlin photographed in 1968. (UPI Photo/Files)
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Irving Berlin (May 11, 1888 – September 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 he turned thirty. During his 60-year career he wrote an estimated 1,500 songs, including the scores for 19 Broadway shows and 18 Hollywood films, with his songs nominated eight times for Academy Awards. Many songs became popular themes and anthems, including "Easter Parade", "White Christmas", "Happy Holiday", "This is the Army, Mr. Jones", and "There's No Business Like Show Business". His Broadway musical and 1942 film, This is the Army, with Ronald Reagan, had Kate Smith singing Berlin's "God Bless America" which was first performed in 1938. After the September 11 attacks in 2001, Celine Dion recorded it as a tribute, making it #1 on the charts.

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