IRVING BERLIN - AUTOGRAPH - HFSID 345634
Sale Price $315.00
The composer and lyricist signs this slip of paper in blue ink
Signature: "Irving Berlin", in blue ink, 3¾x1¼ slip of paper affixed to a 6x4½ album leaf. Irving Berlin (1888-1989), born Israel Isidore Baline in Tumen, Siberia, Russia, was such a force in American music that in 1924, when Berlin was just 37, songwriter Jerome Kern gave this assessment: "Irving Berlin has no place in American music. He is American music." If the only song he ever wrote was "God Bless America", made famous by Kate Smith, Berlin would probably still be considered an important part figure in the history of American music. However, Berlin wrote more than 900 songs, including the classics "A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody", "There's No Business Like Show Business", "Always", "Easter Parade" and "Blue Skies", 19 musicals, including Annie Get Your Gun and Call Me Madam, and scores for 18 movies, including Holiday Inn, which featured his 1942 Academy Award-winning song, "White Christmas". Heavily toned. Album leaf lightly worn and creased. Binding holes at left edge of album leaf. Otherwise, fine condition.
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