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Irving Berlin’s 100th Birthday

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 46 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

In celebration of the 100th birthday of song writer Irving Berlin, a survey of songs by the author of such well known standards as “Alexander’s Ragtime Band”, “Easter Parade”, “God Bless America”, and countless others. Born in Tyumen, Russia, on May 2, 1988, Berlin’s father was a Jewish cantor who brought the family to the U. S. in 1893. A printer’s error on his first published song resulted in a change of the family name from Baline to Berlin, and young Irving’s career was launched. This program consists of performances by an ensemble of performers named Musical Flashbacks. Sylvia Russo, narrator, provides a running commentary on Berlin’s history, interspersed with songs performed by Frances Baruch, Lei Hogg, and Bob Garetto. The pianist is songwriter/arranger Jerry Hearst. Produced by Charles Amirkhanian and Sheilah Glover. (from KPFA Folio)

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Alexander’s Ragtime Band [excerpt] (1911) (0:47) -- Everybody's Doin' It Now [excerpt] (1911) (1:17) -- This Is The Life [excerpt] (1914) (0:44) -- Play A Simple Melody [excerpt] (1914) (1:08) -- Oh, How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning [excerpt] (1918) (1:16) -- A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody [excerpt] (1919) (1:47) -- You’d Be Surprised [excerpt] (1919) (1:41) -- What’ll I Do [excerpt] (1923) (0:53) -- All Alone [excerpt] (1924) (0:42) -- Remember [excerpt] (1925) (0:52) -- Always (1925) (1:36)
Performers:  Sylvia Russo, narrator
Musical Flashbacks:
Jerry Hearst, piano
Frances Baruch, vocals
Lei Hogg, vocals
Bob Garetto, vocals
Genres:  Popular Music; Motion Picture Music
Subject:  Berlin, Irving, 1888-1989; Popular music; Musicals -- Excerpts; Revues -- Excerpts; Motion picture music -- Excerpts
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Berlin, Irving, 1888-1989; Russo, Sylvia; Hearst, Jerry ; Baruch, Frances ; Hogg, Lei ; Garetto, Bob
Recording Date:  4/21/1988
First Broadcast Date:  5/2/1988
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Puttin’ on the Ritz [excerpt] (1929) (1:03) -- Doin' What Comes Natur'lly [excerpt] (1946) (1:49) -- They Say It’s Wonderful [excerpt] (1946) (1:53) -- White Christmas [excerpt] (1940) (0:50) -- Easter Parade [excerpt] (1933) (1:00) -- God Bless America (1918, rev. 1938) (0:47) -- There's No Business Like Show Business [excerpt] (1946) (1:09)
Performers:  Sylvia Russo, narrator
Musical Flashbacks:
Jerry Hearst, piano
Frances Baruch, vocals
Lei Hogg, vocals
Bob Garetto, vocals
Genres:  Popular Music; Motion Picture Music
Subject:  Berlin, Irving, 1888-1989; Popular music; Musicals -- Excerpts; Revues -- Excerpts; Motion picture music -- Excerpts
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Glover, Sheilah ; Berlin, Irving, 1888-1989; Russo, Sylvia; Hearst, Jerry ; Baruch, Frances ; Hogg, Lei ; Garetto, Bob
Recording Date:  4/21/1988
First Broadcast Date:  5/2/1988
 
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