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The melody of “Happy Birthday to You” comes from the song “Good Morning to All”, which was written and composed by American sisters Patty Hill and Mildred J. Hill in 1893. They were both kindergarten school teachers in Louisville, Kentucky. The sisters created “Good Morning to All” as a song that would be easy to sing by young children. The combination of melody and lyrics in “Happy Birthday to You” first appeared in print in 1912, and probably existed even earlier. None of these early appearances included credits or copyright notices. The Summy Company registered for copyright in 1935, crediting authors Preston Ware Orem and Mrs. R.R. Forman. In 1990, Warner Chappell purchased the company owning the copyright for U.S. $15 million, with the value of “Happy Birthday” estimated at U.S. $5 million. Based on the 1935 copyright registration, Warner claims that U.S. copyright will not expire until 2030, and that unauthorized public performances of the song are technically illegal unless royalties are paid to it.
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Following the idea of @scotthardy, each month of 2009 represented by a song.
JAN.01 | Russian Bride - John B
FEB.02 | Hello Saferide - Overall
MAR.03 | Take Pills - Panda Bear
APR.04 | David Hamilton - Laila France
MAY.05 | Osaka Loop Line - Discovery
JUN.06 | Airport Surroundings - Loney, Dear
JUL.07 | A Thing for Me - Metronomy
AUG.08 | A Distorted Reality Is Now A Now A Necessity To Be Free - Elliott Smith
SEP.09 | Face Control - The Polyamorous Affair
OCT.10 | Where do we go now? - Mr Jenkins
NOV.11 | Fitz & The Dizzyspells - Andrew Bird
DEC.12 | Eind Goed, Al Goed - Spinvis & Vinkenoog