We have wished each other happy birthday for a really long time now. The most popular way to do this is of course, the birthday song! But happy birthday song history really doesn’t get as much limelight as it should. Let’s discuss a few birthday song facts.
It was first published in 1893, in the book “Song stories for Kindergarten” and became very popular.
The birthday song lyrics were initially “good morning to you” which then were converted over time into “Happy birthday to you”.
It was copyrighted in 1934 and used in many musicals and movies .Even today if it is to be performed in large groups a performance license is required.
The Warner Chapel Company bought this song for $25 million in 1998, which brings in an estimated $2million annually.
In an article in The Times, this was one of the 3 most popular songs in the English language, with the liked of “For He’s A Jolly Good Fellow.” It has been performed many times by famous personalities such as Marilyn Monroe, to even more famous personalities, such as John F. Kennedy.
Thankfully today to download happy birthday song one does not need to have a license or pay a royalty fee to any company, there are many links available on the internet readily.
Birthday song lyrics are warm and make one feel special no matter what the age or stature of the person is.