Who Wrote the Happy Birthday Song?

by UndergroundLibrarian@evpl on Wednesday, October 8 2008, 6:38pm. Viewed 1,190 times.

Did you know that they lived in Louisville?  Not far from here!  Margot Theis Raven relates the story of the sisters who wrote the words and music in 1889 and 1890, as one of the many songs that Patty Hill used to teach her kindergarten children.  She came up with the words to the songs, and her sister Mildred wrote the music to them.  Happy Birthday to You! The Mystery Behind the Most Famous Song in the World includes more details of the sisters' lives with their large family and the early years of kindergartens.  Full page paintings by Chris Soentpiet add to the enjoyment of this  book.


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on Thursday, October 9 2008, 12:58pm

Yes, but be careful where you sing it.  

"Happy Birthday" is copyrighted and owned by Time Warner.  Did you know that if you sing any copyrighted song at a place open to the public or among a large number of people who are not family or friends that is considered a public performance and is copyright infringement.    

Dr.Beat@evpl wrote
on Sunday, October 12 2008, 2:42pm

@hoodoovoodoo

hence all the restaurants coming up with their own, even more annoying songs! :D