Happy Birthday to the Happy Birthday Song
Did you know that on June 27th we should sing “Happy Birthday” to the Birthday Song? It was composed by Mildred J. Hill. Hill, a Kindergarten teacher born in Louisville, KY, on June 27, 1859 According to answers.com, Mildred’s younger sister, Patty Smith Hill, also a Kindergarten teacher who later taught at Columbia University, was the author of the lyrics, which were first published in 1893 as “Good Morning to All,” a classroom greeting published in the book Song Stories for the Sunday School.
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The lyrics were amended in 1924 to include a stanza beginning “Happy Birthday to You.” Now it is sung somewhere in the world every minute of the day. Although the Happy Birthday song was copyright it is now in public domain as of 2010 when it expired. Mildred Hill died in Chicago, IL, June 5, 1916, without knowing that her melody would be sung countless times, every minute, around the world.
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More people celebrate their birthdays in August than in any other month
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Music sheet: Patty Hill and Mildred J. Hill; WhiteTimberwolf (this version) (Song Stories for the Kindergarten) [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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