Category Archive: Musician

May 11

May 11: Irving Berlin

Irving Berlin

Perhaps nobody is more patriotic than an immigrant, but the writer of “White Christmas” and “God Bless America” (1918/1938) did not like Christmas and did not believe in God.

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May 09

May 9: Billy Joel (1949)

It was on this date, May 9, 1949, that American singer/songwriter and pianist Billy Joel was born William Martin Joel in the Bronx, New York City, but reared in Hicksville. His father was born in Germany and was a classical pianist, his mother was born in England. His parents, both non-observant Jews, divorced when Joel …

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May 07

May 7: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

“I have found some astonishing answers to my questionings as to God and religion in [Flaubert’s] book,” wrote Tchaikovsky. Flaubert was an Atheist.

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