Irving Berlin
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Israel Berlin (1888 - 1989)

Israel (Irving) "Isadore" Berlin aka Beilin
Born in Тюмень, Тюменская, Россияmap
Husband of — married 1912 [location unknown]
Husband of — married 1926 [location unknown]
Died at age 101 in New York City, New York, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 15 Nov 2014 | Last significant change: 27 Jun 2022
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Irving Berlin has Jewish Roots.
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Irving Berlin was a centenarian, living to age 101.

Irving Berlin was a preeminent American composer and lyricist of popular music, considered to be one of the greatest songwriters in history.

He was born Israel Beilin on 11 May 1888 in the Russian empire, probably in Тюмень (Tolochin) in Byelorussia. He was one of eight children born to Moshe Berlin and Lena (Lipkin) Berlin. His Jewish family immigrated to the United States in 1893, settling in the city of New York.[1]

Irving wrote for both Broadway and Hollywood, composing popular melodies like Blue Skies, White Christmas, and God Bless America, as well as scores for movies like Annie Get Your Gun.[1]

One lasting legacy was his co-founding of the ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. He also built his own Broadway theatre, the Music Box.[1]

Irving died in his sleep at his home in New York City on September 22, 1989 at the age of 101.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Irving Berlin - Biography, website, accessed 25 November 2021.
  • "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 12 July 2020), Irving Berlin, Bronx Assembly District 32, New York, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 1452, sheet 22A, family 454, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 997; FHL microfilm 1,375,010.
  • "New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1829-1940," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), Irving Berlin and Ellin Mackay, 04 Jan 1926; citing Marriage, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York City Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,643,641.
  • "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 12 July 2020), Irving Berlin, Manhattan (Districts 0501-0750), New York, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 572, sheet 20A, line 26, family 397, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 1567; FHL microfilm 2,341,302.
  • "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 28 July 2019), Irving Berlin, Assembly District 15, Manhattan, New York City, New York, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 31-1342, sheet 10B, line 43, family 196, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 2655.
  • "United States Social Security Death Index," database, FamilySearch ( : 2 July 2020), Irving Berlin, 22 Sep 1989; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).
  • "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 12 July 2020), Irving Or Israel Or Izzy Berlin Or Baline, New York, United States, 23 Sep 1989; from "Recent Newspaper Obituaries (1977 - Today)," database, ( : 2014); citing , born-digital text.
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed 12 July 2020), memorial page for Irving Berlin (11 May 1888–22 Sep 1989), Find A Grave: Memorial #88, citing Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .

See also:

  • Irving Berlin (born Israel Isidore Beilin, was an American composer and lyricist of Russian-Jewish origin (born in Tyumen, Russian Empire).
  • " When I Lost You" (1912) Written by Irving Berlin after his wife of five months passed away. He was unable to write for a period of time after the tragedy, until he found the strength to compose this song.
  • "Always" (1925) Written when he fell in love with Ellin Mackay, who later became his wife
  • "Blue Skies" (1926) Written after his first daughter's birth as a song just for her. In it he distilled his feelings about being married and a father for the first time
  • "God Bless America" is an American patriotic song written by Irving Berlin in 1918 and revised by him in 1938. The later version was recorded by Kate Smith, and became her signature song.

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