KPFA-FM Music Dept. ➔ Irving Berlin’s 100th Birthday, 2 of 2

Analog Audio

Event Type
Interview and Music
Program Length
46 min
2 of 2
1988-05-02 | broadcast
| 1988-04-21 | created
In celebration of the 100th birthday of song writer Irving Berlin, a survey of songs by the author of such well known standards as “Alexander’s Ragtime Band”, “Easter Parade”, “God Bless America”, and countless others. Born in Tyumen, Russia, on May 2, 1988, Berlin’s father was a Jewish cantor who brought the family to the U. S. in 1893. A printer’s error on his first published song resulted in a change of the family name from Baline to Berlin, and young Irving’s career was launched. This program consists of performances by an ensemble of performers named Musical Flashbacks. Sylvia Russo, narrator, provides a running commentary on Berlin’s history, interspersed with songs performed by Frances Baruch, Lei Hogg, and Bob Garetto. The pianist is songwriter/arranger Jerry Hearst. Produced by Charles Amirkhanian and Sheilah Glover. (from KPFA Folio)
Popular music
Motion Picture music
Musical Selections
Puttin’ on the Ritz [excerpt] (1929) (1:03) -- Doin' What Comes Natur'lly [excerpt] (1946) (1:49) -- They Say It’s Wonderful [excerpt] (1946) (1:53) -- White Christmas [excerpt] (1940) (0:50) -- Easter Parade [excerpt] (1933) (1:00) -- God Bless America (1918, rev. 1938) (0:47) -- There's No Business Like Show Business [excerpt] (1946) (1:09)
Sylvia Russo, narrator
Musical Flashbacks:
Jerry Hearst, piano
Frances Baruch, vocals
Lei Hogg, vocals
Bob Garetto, vocals
Popular music
Musicals -- Excerpts
Revues -- Excerpts
Motion picture music -- Excerpts
Funding for the preservation of this program made possible through a grant by Save America’s Treasures, a program of the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.