Irving Berlin

  • Birth Name: Israel Beilin
  • American

  • Russian Empire

Irving Berlin was a notable American songwriter, composer and lyricist, from New York, New York. Born Israel Beilin, Berlin was acquired on the streets and Irving he selected for himself, for its dignity. Friends still called him Izzy. - AsNotedIn


Y/M/D Description Association Composition Place Locale Food Event
Y/M/D Description Association Composition Place Locale Food Event
1888/05/11 Israel Beilin is born in Tyumen, Siberia, Russian Empire to Moses and Lena Lipkin Beilin. Born
1893/09/14 Five-year-old Israel Beilin passes inspection at Ellis Island. Life Ellis Island Immigration Depot Statue of Liberty National Monument
1894/00/00 The Balines settle first with a relative on Monroe Street, then later on the third floor of a tenement at 330 Cherry Street (razed), near Corlears Hook, in the Jewish neighborhood on the Lower East Side. Israel Beilin will attend PS 147. Typical Tenement Lower East Side Tenement Museum NHS New York City
1901/00/00 After the death of his father, Israel quits school and leaves home. He will deliver telegrams, work in sweatshops, sing on street corners, sleep in flophouses. Friends call him Izzy Berlin. Life
1905/00/00 Berlin sings at Tony Pastor's Music Hall in Union Square. Later, Tony Pastors vaudeville house will be located on the ground floor of the Tammany Hall building. Work Tammany Hall Building, NYC New York City
1906/00/00 Berlin becomes a singing waiter at the Pelham Cafe (lost) at 12 Pell Street in Chinatown. Besides serving drinks, sing and corralling tossed coins with his feet simultaneously, Berlin improvises parodies of popular songs. Work Chinatown
1909/00/00 Irvine Berlin's, "My Wife's Gone to the Country (Hurrah! Hurrah!)," is published. The song will become a national hit, selling 300,000 copies of the sheet music. Songwriter
1911/00/00 Irving Berlin composes "Alexander's Ragtime Band", the biggest hit song ever composed until then and sets off an international dance craze. Songwriter
1912/02/00 Dorothy Goetz, the sister of singer and lyricist Ray Goetz, marries Irving Berlin. Groom
1912/07/17 Dorothy Goetz Berlin dies of typhoid fever contracted during her Cuban honeymoon. She is buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, New York. Widower
1918/00/00 The commanding officer of Camp Upton on Long Island assigns Berlin write and produce a benefit to raise money for a new visitors. The show, entitled "Yip, Yip, Yaphank" includes "Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning". Songwriter
1921/09/00 Music Box Theatre opens with the first "Music Box Revue", staged by Hassard Short with music by Irving Berlin. Owner Music Box Theatre, NYC New York City
1921/09/00 Star of the show, Irving Berlin, opens the first Revue with eight chorus girls presenting themselves as the 'Eight Little Notes'. Producer, Performer Music Box Theatre, NYC New York City
1922/00/00 "Pack Up Your Sins and Go to the Devil" is performed. Its one of Berlin's finest and wittiest counterpoint songs, where a feeling of one tune being fast and the other slow, even though they are both in the same tempo. Composer Music Box Theatre, NYC New York City
1926/00/00 Berlin writes the song "Always" for Ellen. Performed by George Olsen and His Music, the song will reach number 2 on the Pop charts in 1926. Berlin will sign the rights to tune over to Ellen in perpetuity as a wedding present. Songwriter Marriage of Ellen Mackay and Irving Berlin
1926/01/04 Ellin Mackay, a Catholic, marries Irvine Berlin, a Jew, in a rushed ceremony at New York City's Municipal Building. The question of religion in connection with the marriage, says Irvine, would be considered later, if at all. Groom Municipal Building New York City Marriage of Ellen Mackay and Irving Berlin
1928/12/25 The Berlin's three-week-old son, Irving Berlin Jr, dies on Christmas day. Every year, Irving and Ellin spend Christmas Day visiting the grave of thier son. Father Woodlawn Cemetery New York City
1935/09/28 All five songs from Irving Berlin's "Top Hat" film score are broadcast on 'Your Hit Parade'. Composer Top Hat
1941/10/00 In Los Angeles for the filming of "Holiday Inn", Irving Berlin walks out of his bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel and the prologue for the song "White Christmas" begins taking shape in his mind. Songwriter White Christmas (song) The Beverly Hills Hotel Beverly Hills
1989/09/26 Composer-lyricist Irving Berlin is buried next to his wife, Ellin Mackay Berlin, in Bronx's Woodlawn Cemetery during a private graveside funeral service conducted by Rabbi Daniel Wolk of Congregation Emanu-El in Westchester County. In Memoriam Woodlawn Cemetery New York City

2 Creative Works by Irving Berlin »

Title Type Association Y/M/D Moniker
Title Type Association Y/M/D Moniker
Top Hat Composer Film 1935/09/28
  • 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
  • AFI's 100 Years 100 Movies-10th Anniversary - 400 ballot choices, 2007
  • US National Film Registry
White Christmas (song) Songwriter Song 1941/10/00
  • 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die

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