Finally got to say it. Today is the 152nd “birth” day of the composition of the most often sung song in the world. Mildred J. Hill, a schoolteacher, wrote the melody and her sister Patty Smith Hill wrote the lyrics to what was first known as “Good Morning to All.” It was first published in 1893 as a classroom greeting in Song Stories for the Sunday School, but was amended in 1924 to include a stanza beginning “Happy Birthday to You.” It is reported to be sung somewhere in the world every minute of the day. [And in our minds right now–go ahead, just try to get rid of it!] The original authors most likely received very little money from the song, but the copyright owners made about $1 million a year until its expiration last year.
Happy Birthday to all you June 27 folks!