Afterwards Irving Berlin was able to get a job as a singing waiter at the Pelham Cafe.
When he was free from work, use to write songs.
In 1907, he published "Marie from Sunny Italy," signing the work I, and become popular for it.
Berlin in his youth remained in music industry but also use to work for jobs available. Finally he ound a job as a lyricist for the music-publishing company of Waterston & Snyder.
Berlin’s "Alexander's Ragtime Band" became a stunning hit and was rewarded with the title "King of Tin Pan Alley" in 1911.
A gifted musician in Berlin developed a unique musical style by playing only on the black keys.
Irving Berlin composed most of his early songs in the key of F-sharp.
By using a transposing keyboard, Berlin was able to compose his songs in various keys.
Berlin become one of the most successful and popular songwriters of the 1920’s. Amazingly, he did not have any formal training of musician also.
Irving Berlin founded Music Box Theater in collaboration with Joseph N. Schenck and Sam Harris in 1921. Berlin use to perform on stages his revues and musical comedies.
Irving performed a show, Face the Music in 1932. The Broadway musical, “Annie Get Your Gun” in 1946 was a hue success and he was highly honored for it.
Berlin's spread his musical talents to Hollywood, by giving the lyrics for musical hit films such as “Top Hat” (1935), and “Holiday Inn” (1942).
A song from Holiday Inn, "White Christmas," is bestseller in history. It was written during World War II.
Berlin's songs proved influential also for the nation, political rallies during the world wars.
Irving Berlin also served the army in World War by writing patriotic songs for the show “Yip, Yip Yaphank” (1918).
In 1942 he also wrote “This Is the Army”.
The performance earned more than ten million dollars and was given to the Army Relief Fund. Berlin's most patriotic song, "God Bless America," written during World War I, was a sensation at that time to invoke patriotism.
Berlin also wrote love ballads of the century which became excessively popular.
Irving wrote "When I Lost You" in memory of his first wife. She died within a year of marriage.
Some other songs like "What'll I Do," "Always," and "Remember" were written for his second wife, Ellin Mackay.
Awards for Irving Berlin
Irving Berlin had received many awards during his life.
Berlin received an Oscar as well as Gold Medal ordered by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. He was an idol of American popular music.
Irving Berlin was honored by the National Conference of Christians and Jews for "advancing the aims of the conference to eliminate religious and racial conflict", in 1944. He was also honored by the New York YMHA as one of "12 outstanding Americans of the Jewish faith."
Irving was rewarded with a special Congressional gold medal in 1954 for the song "God Bless America" by President Eisenhower.
All the money raised by the song God Bless America included millions of dollars and donated for the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts at that time.
Irving Berlin was extremely skilled as a composer, despite a lack of education and formal training. Many of the songs of Berlin become an integral part of the drapery of American life. Morton Gould, president of ASCAP, said that "Irving Berlin's music will last not for just an hour, not for just a day, not for just a year, but always." On his 100th birthday.