Good to Know: The Happy Birthday Song

Ever wonder about it? “The Birthday Song” or “Happy Birthday to you” was originally part of a song called “Good Morning to All”, written by two sisters who were both elementary schoolteachers. Patty Smith Hill wrote the lyrics, and Mildred J. Hill wrote the music; the song was first published in 1893. Though their names are only a footnote in history, “Happy Birthday To You” has become one of the world’s best-known songs, and now no birthday is complete without it being sung while the lighted Birthday Cake is presented to the celebrant.

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