Irving Berling, was an American composer born on May 11, 1888 in Israel. They immigrated to New York in 1893 In 1907 he published his first song, Marie from Sunny Italy, and by 1911 he had his first major international hit Alexander’s Ragtime Band. After this he went on to compose, novelty tunes, ballads, dance numbers which made him popular in America. He wrote seventeen complete scores for Broadway musicals and revues, and contributed material to six more.
His songs have provided memorable moments in dozens of other films as wide apart in space and time as The Jazz Singer (1927), Home Alone (1991) and Titanic (1997) to The Simpsons (2006), Spider Man 3 (2007) and Downton Abbey (2011). Among his many awards are a special Tony Award (1963) and the Academy Award for Best Song of the Year for White Christmas in 1942.
He passed away on 22 September 1989.