Irving Berlin, 1888 - 1989! American composer and lyricist who is considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history and primary contributor to the famous "The Great American Songbook". His first international hit was "Alexander's Ragtime Band", which started a ragtime craze all over the world. He wrote hundreds of hit songs and Broadway shows, i.e. Easter Parade, White Christmas, No Business Like Show Business and the unforgettable "God Bless America"), winning 8 Academy Awards Here is a full signature by Irving Berlin on his 1950 release: Irving Berlin and Andre Kostelanetz Columbia Classical release.