Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #00050342: IRVING BERLIN

Bold vintage blue fountain pen signature on a 3x5-inch off-white card, probably dating to the 1950s. In fine condition for its age, with some gentle toning and a few minor streaks of soiling. Suitable for matting with a favorite photograph. With a life that spanned more than 100 years and a catalogue of over 1,000 songs, legendary composer and lyricist Irving Berlin was perhaps best summed up by Jerome Kern, who wrote, "Irving Berlin has no place in American music-- He is American music." After publishing the smash hit "Alexander's Ragtime Band" in 1911, Berlin poured out an endless stream of impossibly catchy ballads, dance numbers, novelty tunes, and love songs-- often with deceptively complex subtleties and tremendous emotional depth-- which would, one by one, become part of the Great American Songbook.  Among his countless hits, penned for Broadway musicals and major motion pictures, were "How Deep Is the Ocean", "Blue Skies", White Christmas", "Always", "Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better", "There's No Business Like Show Business", "Cheek to Cheek", "Puttin' on the Ritz", "What'll I Do", A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody", "Heat Wave", "Oh! How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning", "Easter Parade", "Let's Face the Music and Dance", "God Bless America", "This Year's Kisses", "I Say It's Spinach", "Let's Have Another Cup of Coffee", "Better Luck Next Time", "Mandy", "Be Careful, It's My Heart", "Change Partners", "Marie", "I'm Puttin' All My Eggs in One Basket", "I Love a Piano", "Now It Can Be Told", "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm", "Play a Simple Melody", "I Used to Be Color Blind", "Let Yourself Go", "Say It Isn't So", "Slumming on Park Avenue", and "You'd Be Surprised".  In 1943, the repeat Oscar nominee took home the trophy for the score for Holiday Inn (1942).