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Happy Birthday to the Song

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On Y101 we take pleasure in reading the names of people with birthdays and anniversaries.  We do it at 6:50am and 7:20 am every morning Monday through Friday. So send them in to us using this webpage and we will get them on for you. I found it interesting that the song “Happy Birthday to You” is the most sung song in the entire world. There are some interesting facts about  the song.  The song was composed by a schoolteacher named Mildred J. Hill on this very day back in 1859.  The rights to the song are now owned by Time-Warner Company which makes about $5000 a day or $2 million per year in royalties from the song.  Since it was 153 years ago that the song was written just what did people sing to people with birthdays prior to that time? I guess it was nothing .  Just a happy birthday salutation.  Well, here’s to Mildred J. Hill.  Happy birthday to your song. May it live on forever!

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