The Library of Congress > National Jukebox > Playlists of Recordings > Songs by Irving Berlin


  • Playlist Creator: Library of Congress
  • Date Playlist Created: 05/04/2011
  • Irving Berlin wrote songs from his own personal perspective, that of an Americanized European Jew. Slang, catch phrases and suggestiveness that borders on innocence pervades much of his work. Berlin’s music is full of boundless enthusiasm for ragtime bands, bagpipe bands, and new dance crazes. Like George M. Cohan, Berlin captured in his songs a strong and well-defined sense of what was termed “American Spirit.”
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