Musical heritage

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The negative reaction to the singing of God Bless America by a Latino artist at Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game was sad.

Much of our musical heritage and the core of the Great American Songbook can be attributed to the musical genius of Tin Pan Alley immigrant composers such as Irving Berlin.

In addition to God Bless America, this immigrant Russian Jew also wrote two of America’s most beloved holiday songs, Easter Parade and White Christmas.

Berlin also contributed to the Second World War effort by writing patriotic tunes like Any Bonds Today? and Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning, with all profits going to charity.

— Curt Wilson, professor emeritus, TCU School of Music, Fort Worth

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