Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: Irving Berlin

Last Sunday night the American Music Awards were broadcast on ABC. I chose to watch NFL football for lots of reasons. Try the AMA winners:

Taylor Swift

Doja Cat

Dan + Shay

Justin Bieber

Dua Lipa “Don’t Start Now”

Kane Brown

Maren Morris

Juice WRLD

The Weeknd

Bad Bunny

Becky G

Lauren Daigle

Fogey Alert! Who the hell are they??!!

The American Music Awards program was created by Dick Clark for ABC after the network’s contract to broadcast the Grammy awards expired. And the AMAs used to be very good. Not anymore.

One of my FB friends, Darlene Wink commented last Sunday:

Watching American Music Awards – the audience is made up of cardboard cutouts. Actually appropriate for this group – I have not known one song or one group yet. Music sure has changed and not for the better.

I switched it off it was terrible. I love music – but this isn’t music.

As mentioned the show used to be worthwhile and entertaining. Let’s go back to 1976. Olivia Newton-John was having a tremendous year and was quite prominent on the awards show.

Beautifully orchestrated and sung, this medley featured two lovely songs written by Irving Berlin (“God Bless America”, “White Christmas”) who was presented a Merit Award at the 1976 event.

The first is from 1923. Berlin was engaged to socialite Ellin MacKay whose wealthy father disapproved of their relationship and sent his daughter to Europe hoping she’d give up on Berlin.

And the second song in the medley came in 1925 when Berlin wrote it as a
wedding gift to MacKay. Her father’s sabotage plan had backfired.


Newton-John won three AMAs in 1976.


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