To say that the most widely spread songs in the world, I am afraid that “I wish you a happy birthday” is none, then do you know the origin of this song?
“Happy Birthday to You” The melody of this song was written in 1893 by two American sisters Hill: Patty Smith Hill and Mildred J. Hill. The first edition is in the “Kindergarten Song Story”. At the time, Sister Hill was a kindergarten teacher and taught at the school in Louisville, Kentucky. The lyrics of this song were originally used for classroom greetings, entitled “Good Morning to All”, which is the morning of teachers and students. Songs sung when you say hello to each other.
The original lyrics are:
Good morning to you
Good morning to you
Good morning, dear children
Good morning to all
The lyrics of “Happy Birthday to You” appeared for the first time in text, in 1912, but the lyrics were created for the first time and are no longer available. This song was very popular in the 1930s, but no one stood up and said that the lyrics and melody were created by myself. Later, Hill sisters were confirmed to be the author of the song by playing several lawsuits. .
The lyrics of “Happy Birthday to You” were copyrighted by Summy in 1935 and will expire in 2030. In 1990, Summy was acquired by Warner Music, and the value of Happy Birthday to You was estimated at $5 million.
Foreign copyright awareness is very strong, Warner claims that it is technically unlawful to perform the song in public without permission, unless they are paid royalties.
Therefore, the use of this song in film and television works, radio stations and various public occasions is subject to payment. Any manufacturer who manufactures a toy or music card that can play the song will have to pay, even if someone sings the song, as long as it is present. There are a certain number of listeners and they are not friends and relatives. Every year, Warner can get a $2 million copyright fee with the song. It is said that he sings “Happy Birthday to You” in the movie and pays about $10,000.