Happy Birthday to Classic Movie Songwriting Legend, Irving Berlin, born May 11 in 1888!
George Gershwin once said that Irving Berlin was “the greatest songwriter that has ever lived”. That is no small compliment!!! And how could I possible argue with the great George Gershwin? I couldn’t — and I certainly wouldn’t — because for me, Irving Berlin, along with Cole Porter and George Gershwin, are the ‘trifecta’ composers of 20th Century American Popular Music, bar none. Again, no small compliment…
That said, I could list the hundreds of popular Berlin songs that ‘everybody’ knows and loves (White Christmas, God Bless America, Easter Parade, How Deep is the Ocean, What’ll I Do, Blue Skies, Always, Alexander’s Ragtime Band, to name a very few) — but instead I am going to post just a few of my favorites, from films of course.
“Heaven, I’m in heaven, and my heart beats so that I can hardly speak…”
“Have you forgotten the night that we met? With so much to remember, how could you forget? The dreams I dreamed have yet to come true. My dreams and I are here but where are you?”
And now just for some pure fun, a little something from Annie Get Your Gun!
“I’m quick on the trigger, with targets not much bigger than a pinpoint I’m number one, but my score with a feller is lower than a celler! Oh you can’t get a man with a gun!”
“Cause you can’t shoot a male in the tail like a quail! Oh you can’t get a man with a gun!”
–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub