7 of the Best Happy Birthday Songs
Happy Birthday—Especially If Today's Your Special Day
Table Of Contents
- The History of the 'Happy Birthday' Song.
- Video: Happy Birthday - Traditional.
- Birthdays: About
- Video: Happy Birthday Mr. President - Marilyn Monroe.
- Video: Happy Birthday - Stevie Wonder.
- Video: Happy Birthday - Altered Images.
- Video: Happy Birthday - Minions Happy Birthday.
- Special and Traditional Birthdays.
- Video: Happy Birthday - We Love You.
- Birthday Anniversary Gifts.
- Video: A Hilarious Happy Birthday Song.
- Funny Birthday Jokes.
- Pets Birthdays.
The History of the 'Happy Birthday' Song
The "Happy Birthday" song was written by the sisters Patty and Mildred Hill who were both American composers and teachers. This song was written in 1893 and initially called "Good Morning to All" for kindergarten children to sing. Now, it has become thee most popular song ever written and also played by numerous different countries and languages around the world.
Video: Happy Birthday to You! - Traditional
- The music publishing company "Warner Chapel Music Incorporation" owns the copyright to the song "Happy Birthday to You".
- The song is the highest earning songs of all time.
Birthdays - About
There's one thing in life that we all have in common, and that's a birthday! We are supposed to celebrate this day once a year whether we like it or not.
If you're the Queen of England, or other notable figure, you would celebrate this day on more than one occasion? The Queen of England's official birthday is now celebrated on the first, second, or third Saturday in June. It is marked in London by a ceremony called "Trooping the Colour," also known as the "Queen's Birthday Parade." Other countries have other themes. The Queen is also head of a number of sovereign states.
On the day of your birth, you're generally thrown a party by family and friends who give you gifts in celebration of the blessed event. It is also customary for people to treat you very special on that day, whereas others would rather a quiet time, feeling too old to be celebrating.
Celebrating one's birthday is not universal. Jehovah's Witnesses don't celebrate this day because they consider their origins to be pagan festivals along with Christmas and Easter. Many adults hate celebrating their birthday because it reminds them that they are getting progressively older and some people just cannot afford to have any celebrations at all. There are some people in deprived and 3rd world countries who have no idea what date their birthday is, or how old they are.
In most English speaking countries it is traditional to sing "Happy Birthday to You" to honour the person celebrating a birthday. The "Happy Birthday" song is thought to be the most frequently sung melody in the world. It has been sung in many styles by many people. Below are a few versions that are very popular, and others also popular but not so well known.
Happy Birthday Mr. President by Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe whose real name was Norma Jeane Mortenson. She was an award-winning American actress, singer, icon and sex symbol. Her birthday is on the 21st May, 1926.
Marilyn's well known films include "Some Like It Hot", How To Marry A Millionaire", "The Seven Year Itch", "Gentlemen Prefer Blonds" and "Diamond's Are A Girls Best Friend".
On May 19, 1962, she made an appearance at Madison Square Garden's in New York, USA especially to sing "Happy Birthday Mr. President" for President John F. Kennedy..... although technically, it was not his actual birth-date. His was on May 19. After her performance J.F.K joined her on stage and said, quote "I can now retire from politics after having had Happy Birthday sung to me in such a sweet, wholesome way,". The dress that she wore to the event was sold for a world record 1.26 million dollars.
Happy Birthday by Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder, whose real name is Stevland Hardaway Judkins celebrates his birthday on May 13th, 1950. He is a blind American singer-songwriter, mufti-instrumentalist and record producer who has recorded numerous hits and won many awards for his work.
Hit songs include "You Are the Sunshine of My Life", "Superstition", "I Just Called to Say I Love You" and of course, "Happy Birthday" which he wrote himself. He also performed this song for many notable figures including King Carl XVI Gustaf, and Oprah Winfrey's 50th birthday.
Altered Images - Happy Birthday
Altered Images were a very successful Scottish post-punk rock band from the 80s. Their lead singer was Clare Grogan, and she celebrates her birthday on the March 17, 1962. This song was their biggest hit at the time. Clare Grogan also starred in the Scottish romantic comedy film, Gregory's Girl and the science fiction comedy series, Red Dwarf. other hits include, "Don't Talk to Me About Love", and "See Those Eyes".
Happy Birthday - We Love You
We Love You
When Daniel Dancer's daughter turned 11 in 2004, he realised he was so tired of the same old birthday song that he decided to write another. The video above is a recording of the song with images to go with the words. The song has become a special feature of his popular “Art For the Sky” artist in residency program (see: artforthesky.com) that he leads at schools across the country. At the final assembly, before revealing the school’s creation in the project film, he invites kids who had a birthday that week, to come up on stage and receive the song. Everyone always loves it!
Special and Traditional Birthdays
When the most significant date-of-birth digit changes, for example, one's 1st, 10th, 20th, 30th, 50th, or 100th birthday, and certain "coming of age" years are often accompanied by more legal privileges and responsibilities. In Western nations, these traditionally happen at the ages of 12, 15, 16, 18, 19 and 21, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100.
In most legal systems, one becomes a legal adult on a particular birthday, one's 18th or 21st, and at different ages gains more rights and responsibilities, such as voting, being able to purchase alcohol or tobacco. To legally buy lottery tickets and get married, Being eligible for the military draft, voluntary enlistment, or obtain a vehicle driving license..
Traditional Happy Birthday Song by Some Chipmunks
Notable Birthday Anniversaries
Just like weddings, birthdays are traditionally celebrated with gifts which vary in different countries 1st birthday. Cotton, UK. Paper, USA. The following are UK & USA - 5th birthday. Wood. 10th. Tin. 15th. Crystal. 20th. China. 25th. Silver. 30th. Pearl. 35th. Coral, UK. Jade, USA. 40th. Ruby. 45th. Sapphire. 50th. Gold, and 75th birthday. Diamond.
A Hilarious Happy Birthday Song
Funny Birthday Jokes
- The most effective way to remember your wife's birthday is to forget it once.
- The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and always lie about your age.
- Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what happened.
- Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest.
- It's nice to be here. At my age, it's nice to be anywhere.
- Forget about the past, because you can't change it. Forget about the future, because you can't predict it. Forget about the present, because I didn't get you one!.
- A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age.
- Were any famous men born on your birthday? No, only babies.
Don't Forget Your Pet's Birthday!
Pets don't know when their birthday is, but they'll soon know it's a very special day for them, especially when you give them their favourite treats, extra attention, a new toy to play with, and of course, singing happy birthday to them. If you don't know your pets exact birthday, make one up.
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