Thursday, May 24, 2007

At gather: You Say It's Your Birthday?

Well, it's Bob Dylan's (May 24, 1941) birthday too, yeah.

You and Bob also share the day of your birth with Queen Victoria (1819), Tommy Chong (1938), Gary Burghoff (1943), Patti LaBelle (1944), Priscilla Presley (1945) and Rosanne Cash (1955).

The song Happy Birthday to You is celebrating its 114th birthday this year and is generally acknowledged as the most sung song in the English language, followed by For He's A Jolly Good Fellow and Auld Lang Syne, according to the Guinness Book of Records. Thousands of off-key renditions of Happy Birthday are sung every day, and the song has been performed everywhere from Earth orbit to ocean depths. But you'll seldom hear it performed in either a movie or on a television show, because this 19th century ditty is still protected by copyright, and the current holders aggressively protect their interests in the song. You can sing Happy Birthday in a commercial performance, but, boy, you're gonna pay for the privilege.

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