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Wednesday, May 29, 2013


MEMORABLE RENDITIONLife Magazine Photographer Bill Ray took the iconic photo frames of Marilyn Monroe singing “Happy Birthday to You” at Madison Square Garden, New York City in honor of President John F. Kennedy’s 45th birthday on May 29, 1962.

“I can now retire from politics after having had Happy Birthday sung to me in such a sweet wholesome way...”
            --President Kennedy

For a video of Bill Ray describing the event and explaining why he had to photograph Marilyn from backstage:
Bill Ray’s story:

The Internet and YouTube is filled with images of the JFK birthday celebration.  One fascinating take is the following from various TV images:

Credits: “Happy Birthday to You,” co-written by Americans Mildred J. Hill and Patty Smith Hill in 1893.  The song was originally published in “Song Stories for Kindergarten.”

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