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Monday, November 21, 2016

Irving Berlin sings "God Bless America"

Researching one thing, I read a 2007 blog post by another guy on Christmas songs by Jewish composers. The guy wrote, oh by the way, this other post has Irving Berlin singing "God Bless America."

I must share this with readers.

Born in Russia as Irving Baline, all he remembered of that country was the cossacks burning down his house in the middle of the night when he was 5. They took the hint and the family moved to Brooklyn, where he became the world's greatest composer.

"God Bless America" is his gift to the Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts, who split the royalties from it, hence the chorus.

The occasion was the May 5, 1968, Ed Sullivan show. The nation was in turmoil in 1968. I suppose Ed and Irving were buddies (Ed was an old gossip columnist with many show business connections). Likely they thought it would be great to have Berlin sing "God Bless America."

It was.

Berlin wrote "White Christmas." And "Happy Holidays."


  1. Funny guy, too. Heard an old Armed Forces Radio broadcast he appeared on in the American Zone. Said he was nervous about going to a joint where anything called "Berlin" was divided into four parts.

  2. Someone who understood what this country was about and loved it.

  3. I remember when Hollywood and the entertainment media loved America.

  4. The song "Choreography" in White Christmas defined what was going on with the leftist transformation of American culture at the time. We aren't there yet, and may never get there, but the dancing exhibited by the ones (I don't remember who they were) before the leftist part represents what America can be when she celebrates herself unabashedly.