Saturday, December 22, 2007
I'm dreaming of a White Christmas...
Irving Berlin, a self-taught composer and lyricist, wrote the song White Christmas in 1942, while sitting poolside at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona (no wonder he was dreaming of a white Christmas)!
Although he never learned to read music beyond a rudimentary level, with the help of various uncredited musical assistants or collaborators, he eventually composed over 3,000 songs, many of which (e.g. God Bless America, White Christmas, Anything You Can Do, There's No Business Like Show Business) left an indelible mark on American music and culture. He also composed 17 film scores and 21 Broadway scores.
Berlin was given an Academy Award in 1942 for White Christmas. He lived a long life of 101 years and passed away on 22 September 1989.