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Irving Berlin

IRVING BERLIN d1989. Russian born Jewish-American composer and lyricist widely considered to be one of the greatest songwriters in American history, his music forms a large part of the Great American songbook. He published his first song, "Marie from Sunny Italy" in 1907 (receiving 37 cents for the publishing rights) and had his first major international hit "Alexanders Ragtime Band" in 1911. He went onto write hundreds of songs, many becoming major hits which made him a legend before he even turned thirty. During his 60-year career, he wrote an estimated 1500 songs (including the scores for 19 Broadway shows and 18 Hollywood films) with his songs nominated eight times for Academy Awards. His songs have reached the top of the charts 25 times and have become popular themes and anthems recorded by numerous famous artists including ; Al Jolson / Frank Sinatra / Dean Martin / Fred Astaire / Judy Garland / Barbara Streisand / Nat King Cole / Billie Holiday / Bob Dylan and Bing Crosby. These include ; Easter Parade / White Christmas / Easter Parade and There's No Business Like Show Business. White Christmas is the biggest selling record of all time with estimated total worldwide sales of 250 million copies (the Bing Crosby version alone selling 100 million units). Composer George Gershwin called him "the greatest songwriter that ever lived". He died of natural causes in New York aged 101 in 1989. BING CROSBY autograph d1977. American popular singer and actor who became one of the best- known entertainers of the 20th century. He made an incredible 1700 recordings, scoring an amazing 41 No1 hits and selling over 700 million records. He died of a heart attack aged 74 in 1977 on a golf-course in Spain.


Irving Berlin

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Two very good original dated 1939 autograph book pages, both clearly signed in ink by Irving Berlin (All good wishes 12/4/39) and Bing Crosby.

Double mounted for fine display with sheet music and 7in vinyl record to the classic "White Christmas".


White Christmas sung by Bing Crosby (according to the Guinness Book of Records) is the biggest selling single of all time with estimated sales in excess of 100 million copies worldwide. Other versions of the song have totalled an additional 150 million copies. Accounts vary as to when and where Berlin wrote the song. One story is that he wrote it in the summer of 1940 in La Quinta California —telling his secretary ; "Grab your pen and take down this song. I just wrote the best song I've ever written — heck, I just wrote the best song that anybody's ever written..." AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA.


Berlin 16x14cm Sized Autograph Book Page

Crosby 12x10cm Sized Autograph Book Page

24x16in >> Acid Free Mount >> Unframed


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