What'll I Do

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composition date
1924
genre
Pop
songwriter(s)
Irving Berlin
related performer(s)
Frank Sinatra
Paul Whiteman

Got the girl and the hit

“What’ll I Do” came to Berlin when he was slightly drunk on champagne and feeling sorry for himself at a birthday party. It seems Berlin wasn’t good enough for Clarence Mackay, the industrialist father of Ellin Mackay, Berlin’s intended. Eventually, Berlin got the girl and a hit song in the bargain.

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