Sunday, June 27, 2010
Happy birthday to "Happy Birthday to You"! The melody of probably the most often sung song in the world, Happy Birthday to You, was composed by Mildred J. Hill, a schoolteacher born on this date. Her younger sister, Patty Smith Hill, was the author of the lyrics, which were first published in the book Song Stories for the Sunday School. The lyrics were changed in 1924 to include a stanza beginning "Happy Birthday to You". Now it is sung somewhere in the world every minute of every day!