Irving Berlin Biography and Quotes
Birthday: May 11th, 1888
Commemoration: September 22nd, 1989
Famously Known For
Composed a number of popular songs
Wrote popular broadway musicals
Popular for the ragtime bbeat
Berlin was born on 11 May 1888 at Israel Isidore Beilin, which is located in the Russian empire. He had seven siblings whose parents were Moses and Lena Lipkin Beilin. His father was a cantor in a synagogue.
Just like most of the jewish families at this time, his family relocated to America. He and his siblings had to be put in a pen by the immigration officers until they dimmed them fit to step on American soil. Their family lived in new York city where his fatherhad to partially work as a Hebrew teacher and in the meat market to provide for their family.
When he was thirteen years old, his father passed away and he had to step up and provide for his mother and his siblings. His mother began offering midwife services while his three sisters worked as cigar wrappers.
Berlin was married to 20 year old Dorothy Goetz who died briefly after their honey moon on contracting yellow fever. This inspired him to write when I lost you.
He was engaged to Ellin Mackay, who was a catholic. This relationship was opposed bby the bride’s father who even disowned her. The two had a love affair and had four children.
With a limited level of education, Berlin had to undertake informal jobs. He took to singing which he had picked up from his late father’s vocation. He was keen on the type of songs that highly appealed to his audience and used them to make himself popular in these parts.
He learnt how to play the piano and he took time to write some of his songs. His first song was Marie from sunny Italy. Many established people recognized his talent as a songwriter and composer among them, Max Winslow.
Berlin died in the year 1989 , at the age of 101 years after suffering from a heart attack in his sleep.