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Happy Birthday - How to Play Happy Birthday (Basic) on Guitar

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Published on Aug 31, 2010

Happy Birthday (Basic) taught on the guitar with this FREE online video lesson by Joe Wiles. To learn the rest of this song go to http://goo.gl/FzVoT

The most recognized song in the English language, Happy Birthday was adapted from the song Good Morning to All, which was written by sisters Patty and Mildred J. Hill in 1893 although variations of the song are known for decades previous to this. The copyright for Happy Birthday is owned by Warner Chappell, a division of Warner Music Group. The song, despite having been composed over a century ago, is still outside the public domain. It is illegal to perform Happy Birthday in public and the copyright claim, which states that the song was written by different authors in 1935, is valid until 2030 in the U.S. and 2016 in the E.U. It is because of this reason that one rarely hears the song Happy Birthday sung by staff in restaurants and other public places. Establishments in which staff honor birthdays will substitute different songs in order to avoid paying $700 per performance or be guilty of copyright infringement. In film, use of the song costs up to $10,000. Due to this, filmmakers avoid using complete versions of Happy Birthday and often substitute other, less relevant birthday songs.

The most famous famous version of Happy Birthday was Marilyn Monroe's 1962 version sung to President John F. Kennedy for his 45th birthday celebration. It was accompanied by jazz pianist Hank Jones and was a controversial performance due the the rumors of President Kennedy's affair with Marilyn Monroe as well as the sultry dress Ms. Monroe wore that she was literally sewn into. This version included a portion of the song Thanks for the Memory which was partially adapted with original lyrics written by Monroe customized to be relevant to President Kennedy's presidency.

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