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Irving Berlin
related performer(s)
Frank Sinatra

Art from life

Never has a romance resulted in more great standards than that of Irving Berlin and Ellin Mackay. His three greatest songs were written at the beginning of the affair, when Berlin was trying desperately to overcome the objections of Ellin’s powerful father. Mackay decided to send his daughter on a cruise, figuring that a long ocean voyage and crisp salt air would drive that skinny, Jewish songwriter right out of her heart.

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