First dedicated digital resource for the acclaimed composer and lyricist celebrates his life and work in his 130th anniversary year
The family of Irving Berlin, in conjunction with his publishers Concord Music and Universal Music Publishing Group, have announced the launch of a new website to honour the seminal musician in celebration of his 130th birthday. Created to pay tribute to Irving Berlin’s life and legendary works, this is the first time a dedicated digital resource has existed online for the man epitomised by Jerome Kern’s famous maxim: “Irving Berlin has no place in American music – he is American music.”
The website includes a commissioned detailed history of Irving Berlin’s life, a collection of photographs, numerous curated Spotify playlists, information on his film and theatre work, as well as a showcase of books, albums and sheet music.
It also features a ‘Behind the Songs’ section exploring the stories behind some of Irving Berlin’s best loved tracks, such as Alexander’s Ragtime Band and White Christmas, featuring exclusive excerpts from The Complete Lyrics of Irving Berlin.
Irving Berlin’s incredible songbook remains deeply ingrained in the current musical landscape of the US, UK and beyond. Contemporary pop artists who have given their own stamp to his work include Lady Gaga, Bob Dylan, Gregory Porter, Rufus Wainwright, Billie Martin, Herb Alpert, Leonard Cohen, Paul McCartney, Michael Bublé, Lily Frost, Sarah McLachlan and most recently Gwen Stefani on her 2017 Christmas album.
Take a look at the new website at irvingberlin.com