Happy Birthday to YOU!
Audrey had a birthday on Saturday, so...Audrey, you don't mind me using your name, do you? There, sweet gal, I knew you wouldn't!) xx
We all know that song, don't we? Why do we rarely hear it on TV or in the movies?
I am sure you have all been wondering why that is so. Well, wonder no more, because you know I am about to tell you! (Maybe most of you know this already!)
The song is credited to Patty Hill and her sister, Mildred J. Hill. (If you DO hear this song sung during a movie, you should see those names in the end credits.) Patty Hill was a kindergarten teacher in Louisville, Kentucky in the late 1800's and her sister, Mildred was a pianist and composer. Patty wrote the song originally as "Good Morning To You" for her kindergarten classes to sing at the beginning of the day. The sisters liked it so much that they changed the words to "Happy Birthday To You" and would sing the song at birthday parties. It was published in their book, "Song Stories for the Kindergarten" in 1893. Since then, it has been translated into at least 18 languages and has travelled all over the world! The publishing rights were bought by Warner/Chappell in 1988 and since that time, anytime the song is sung, royalty fees must be paid to Warner/ Chappell. The company charges up to $10,000.00 any time the song appears in a film or TV show. Even at a restaurant, the staff are not allowed to sing "Happy Birthday To You.", as it cannot be sung without paying royalties "anywhere open to the public, and for any group where a substantial number are not family or friends." Well. I read that Warner/Chappell collects millions of dollars every year from this one song alone. Many of the movies get around this by bringing a big birthday cake in and when everyone is drawing a breath to start singing the song, the scene will break away before the song begins! (Have you ever noticed this?)
There is a lot of legalese that is connected to this topic and it gets a bit complicated. Some of these copyright laws may change in the future but for now, I believe that the above information is true.
|Homemade Birthday Cake Made by ME for Our Son...Nothing Fancy but Good!|
John Lowrie Morrison is an artist from Scotland that I just discovered from a wonderful blog. Thank you, Cait! Since I just found out about this artist during the month of April, I will think of it as a late birthday present to myself. Happy Birthday to me! This color just makes me so happy!