Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday dear...(.........).Yes. The Happy birthday song , being sung in the world every day in many languages by a tune we all know. Did you ever wonder who wrote the Happy Birthday song? Some folk think it was Mozart or Beethoven. Others claim it had to be Barry Manilow. Still some of the newer generations attribute the composer to be Andrew Lloyd Weber, Leonard Bernstein or Billy Joel. BUT ...We know that's impossible. The Happy Birthday song has been around for centuries and then some.
Early musical historical experts have found that the Happy Birthday song was sung back in the Mayan. Aztec,and Incan civilizations. However, scientists have discovered hieroglyphics that prove singing Happy Birthday was at celebrations over a million years ago dating back to Homo Erectus . By the time Neanderthal man and Cro-Magnon partied, the Happy Birthday song was popular all around the globe or all around the world that was still considered to be flat.
Archaeologists discovered that "Lucy", the famed fossilized Australopithecus had writings etched in her cave with lyrics that were deciphered and translated after many years of research to read "Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Lucy. Happy Birthday to you."
In fact, to this day. The Happy Birthday Song is the most popular song being sung in the history of mankind, followed by the Beatles' "Hey Jude" and Queens' "We are the Champions". However there were some eras when singing Happy Birthday caused some problems. This was the case with Nebuchadnezza, Methuselah, Asclepiodtus, Rumplestiltskein, and in more modern times: Mahershalalhashbaz. Singer Shirley Ellis had problems with names like this in her hit song, "The Name Game".
Of course,every family,every culture, every generation has its own tradition and ways of celebrating one's birthday. My own family has a Carvel Ice Cream cake to eat along with the singing of the Happy Birthday song, something I'm sure Ally Oop , Wilma Flintstone, or Raquel Welch (One Million BC ) would have carved their initials in their cakes.
Now things looked kind of dismal for a while when Walt Disney's " A Very Unhappy Birthday To You" song became popular with the Alice In Wonderland movie. But though the odds were stacked against it (364 to 1 ) , the Happy Birthday song still remains the number one song in the world today. What else can I say except, "Happy Birthday to you."