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IRVING BERLIN (1818-1893)
IRVING BERLIN (1818-1893) 

Irving Berlin (1888-1989) was arguably the most prolific songwriter of the 20th Century writing over 1200 songs during his career and achieving greatness in a field for which he had no formal training. His first hit song, "Alexander's Ragtime Band" took the country by storm selling over one million copies of sheet music in only a few months. Other hits written by Berlin include "God Bless America," "Puttin' On The Ritz," "Blue Skies" and "Cheek To Cheek."

He triumphed on the Broadway stage in shows such as Call Me Madam and Annie Get Your Gun and on the big screen in films such as Easter Parade and White Christmas. It was for the title song of White Christmas that he received the 1942 Academy Award for Original Best Song. "White Christmas" would go on to become the most popular Christmas single of all time.

This 4-page program was for a wartime, all-soldier, staged musical production called "This Is the Army" with music and lyrics by Irving Berlin. Presented at the Allied Military Theatre in Santa Maria, CA, the production was directed by Berlin and performed for the Fifth Army Special Service. The program includes the musical numbers and names of the soldiers who performed. It is signed on the front "Irving Berlin." Some mounting traces remain on the back page but otherwise it is in very good condition. $850.00


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