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Composer George Gershwin called him "the greatest songwriter that has ever lived," and according to composer Jerome Kern, "Irving Berlin has no place in American music — he is American music.”
His journey is the quintessential immigrant’s journey from rags to riches, from Russia to the Lower East Side to Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and Hollywood. He wrote in the voice of Everyman — or every American — with a simple, elegant grace, tremendous wit and an extraordinary natural melodic gift. His huge body of work ranges from Alexander’s Ragtime Band, I Love a Piano and Always to Cheek to Cheek, White Christmas, God Bless America, the score of Annie Get Your Gun and so much more. As Berlin himself wrote, “Come on and hear…”
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