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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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TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Aaliyah, Destiny's Child win big at AMA

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The late singer-actress Aaliyah, Alicia Keys, Destiny's Child and Tim McGraw were double winners Wednesday, at the 29th Annual American Music Awards in Los Ange

Cabaret keeps the American Songbook alive

NEW YORK, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- For a new generation that has difficulty identifying Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, and Cole Porter -- or recognizing their music -- the entertainment
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BIG BUCKS FOR 'FRASIER' SIDEKICK
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Jazz Condition -- UPI Arts & Entertainment

Norman Granz never played a note of music, at least in public, yet he was a significant orchestrator of jazz itself -- in his overlapping roles as a concert pro
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Alicia Keys snags 5 AMA nominations

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Jazz-pop newcomer Alicia Keys led the field Tuesday with five nominations as nominees were announced for the 29th annual American Music Awards, to be presented
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

A Blast From The Past

Today is Nov. 11.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, Nov. 11, the 315th day of 2001 with 50 to follow.
By United Press International

Irving Berlin's 'God Bless America'

NEW YORK, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- On Irving Berlin's 80th birthday, Ed Sullivan staged a televised tribute from his theater on Broadway, and America's most famous songwriter actually SANG, despi
JOHN BLOOM

A Blast From The Past

Today is Nov. 5.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Susan Lucci Makes Cabaret Debut

NEW YORK, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Susan Lucci is determined to top her long career in television, which includes a long deferred Emmy Award for best actress in a daytime soap, with a career in a
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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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