Oral History Information
Mary Ellin Barrett was the oldest of Irving Berlin’s three daughters and the author of the 1994 book, Irving Berlin: A Daughters Memoir. During her NAMM interview she and her sister Linda Emmet spoke of their father’s business side including his publishing and role as a founder of ASCAP. Mrs. Barrett also provided some interesting insight into her father’s career as one of the most beloved songwriters in American popular music history. Part of the discussion within the interview covered her father’s humor and insight in his lyrics and his strong musical ability in such classic songs as “Let’s Face The Music and Dance” as well as “God Bless America.” She passed away in July 2022 at the age of 95.