#TBT to Irving Berlin’s 100th Birthday Celebration on May 11th, 1988 at Carnegie Hall. As described in Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin, the star-studded concert was broadcast live on television and featured performances by Shirley MacLaine, Maureen McGovern, Jerry Orbach, Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, Bea Arthur, Barry Bostwick, Natalie Cole, Tommy Tune, Madelyn Kahn, Tony Bennett, and many more. The concert has viewed thousands of times over the years, introducing new audiences to Berlin’s music.
Check out this very special performance by Frank Sinatra. Old Blue Eyes paid tribute to Berlin by singing two numbers inspired by Berlin’s wives: “When I Lost You,” Berlin’s tribute to his first wife Dorothy Goetz, who passed away from typhoid after only six months of marriage, and “Always,” Berlin’s ode to his second wife Ellin, with whom he had four children over 63 years of marriage.
Here’s the full special below: