Let’s Sing!

for L1

Happy Birthday Song
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday dear __________
Happy Birthday to you!

Did you know that the “Happy Birthday Song” started out as “Good Morning to You”? Did you know this song was created by two sisters from Louisville, Kentucky?

Mildred J. Hill, a composer, organist, concert pianist, and musical scholar was teaching at the Louisville Experimental Kindergarten School where her sister, Patty Smith Hill, was principal. Mildred came up with the melody to what we now know as “Happy Birthday” and Patty added the lyrics. They created a song for teachers to use to welcome students to class each day. The song was created in 1893 and called Good Morning To You and went like this:

Good morning to you,
Good morning to you,
Good morning, dear children,
Good Morning to all.

Nobody really knows who changed the words to Happy Birthday to You and put them to the melody of Good Morning to You but the song was being used in all kinds of musicals, on radio, in telegrams and for birthday celebrations. The Hills were not getting any compensation for the use of the song. Jessica Hill, another sister, who had copyrighted the song on behalf of her sisters filed suit and secured copyrights to Happy Birthday To You.