Irving Berlin (1888 - 1989) Composer. Coming from very humble beginnings, he penned some of the greatest and most memorable songs in American history. From "Alexander's Ragtime Band" to "God Bless America" to "White Christmas," he left a legacy of music.
Irving Berlin 1888 –1989 Irving Berlin has had a greater influence upon American music than any other one man. He was Russian born and came to America with his family when he was a young boy. During his career he wrote an estimated 1,500 songs and was a legend by the time he turned 30. He went on to write the scores for 19 Broadway shows and 18 Hollywood films.