Before Happy Birthday to You
It’s hard to imagine life without the song Happy Birthday to You. We start singing it years before we learn to make wishes or blow out candles.
Yet before the early 1920’s there was no happy birthday song. And before 1893 there was no happy birthday tune. It took the studied efforts of Patty Smith Hill and her sister Mildred Jane Hill, to devise the melody and lyrics that commemorate billions of birthdays around the world each year.