Irving Berlin's 'white Christmas' Still A Smash

President George W. Bush stayed in the 382-room hotel on his visit to Berlin in 2002 and later that year Michael Jackson dangled his nine-month-old son from a fourth-floor balcony. Barack Obama stayed at the Adlon when he came to Berlin as a presidential candidate in 2008. Many Hollywood stars have also stayed at the new Adlon, including Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore. According to Berlin tabloid B.Z., Khodorkovsky is staying in the "Pariser Platz" suite with a view of the city's famous Brandenburg Gate and the central Paris Square. No one at the hotel would confirm he is staying in that suite. But the this site hotel's website describes it as "furnished in the style of a 1920s luxury apartment ... More:

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The catalog of Berlin's (1888-1989) works contains 1,500 songs with "White Christmas" at the top. Marilyn Berger wrote in Berlin's New York Times obituary: "'White Christmas,' the song that became a modern Christmas carol, was written for Bing Crosby in the 1942 movie 'Holiday Inn.' It won Berlin an Academy Award for best song, sold more than 50 million records and 4 million copies of sheet music, earned over $1 million in royalties, and is, even today, one of the most frequently played songs ever written." White-Hot Apart from the Crosby gold mine, additional versions of "White Christmas" are estimated to have sold 150 million records, running the musical gamut from Elvis Presley in 1957 to Taylor Swift in 2007. Roy Harris of the Wall Street Journal wrote of the classic: "Its unorthodox, melancholy melody a mere 54 words, expressing the simple yearning for a return to happier times sounded instantly familiar when sung by America's favorite crooner. ... Some still are surprised to learn that Bing Crosby's recording of the Irving Berlin ballad (turned into) the runaway smash hit for the World War II holidays." Berlin's Keys One of America's foremost composers. Overcame: Poverty and a lack of formal education. More:

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(SOUNDBITE OF CROWD NOISE) NELSON: They sing non-stop during the 90-minute game. They also never once boo their opponents. Team spokesman Christian Arbeit says such courtesy is a time-honored fan tradition passed down from generation to generation. CHRISTIAN ARBEIT: In other stadiums you often hear a kind of offending the guest team. This is not very popular here, so people are concentrating themselves on supporting their own team, to praise the club, to praise the players. More:

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We will miss her." Libraries There's evidence in the library of the high esteem the staff and patrons have for her. There's a sign near the front entrance inviting people to a library open house to honor Nelson on Jan. 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. [Sample Our Free Breaking News visit website Alert And 3 P.M. News Newsletters] Then there's a large banner announcing her retirement. And webblog the display case of news clippings and awards spanning her career. More:,0,4236650.story