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The history of the happy birthday song 🎉

January25

The happy birthday song was originally created in 1893 by sisters Patty and Mildred J. Hill. The songs base lyrics have been translated into at least 18 different languages and is known worldwide. The melody of happy birthday comes from the song “good morning to all.” This song was traditionally attributed to the two American sisters Patty and Mildred J. Hill. However, in 1893 the claim that the sisters composed the song was disputed.

Happy Birthday had its origins in 1893, when Mildred Hill, a kindergarten teacher in Louisville, Kentucky, put together a simple little tune. Whether she composed it entirely out of her head or was influenced by other “folk song” fragments, is not clear.

“Happy Birthday” has the same melody as “Good Morning to You,” a children’s song dating to the 19th Century. But despite the song’s murky early history, music publisher Warner/Chappell has stuck to its story that the song was copyrighted in1935, and royalty had to be paid for any public use of it—until now.

Today over 50% of the population know a happy birthday in a single language. This song today has made the most money in recorded history. It is traditionally sung on the celebration of someone’s day of birth. Apparently,  Warner brings in over $2 million a year in royalties from HB, which they claim they acquired through a company they bought in 1998 for $25 million.

I would also just like to point out that this blog was not inspired because it is my birthday. It was the only thing that I could think of.

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One Comment to

“The history of the happy birthday song 🎉”

  1. January 29th, 2019 at 8:39 am       Hurikuri Says:

    I like the post because of its interesting and it’s also a subject that no one researches on. I have also learned the history of the song.


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