Good Morning to All/Happy Birthday

TITLE: Good Morning to All
AUTHOR: Patty Hill and Mildred J. Hill
CATEGORY: Public Domain, Author Known
KEYWORDS: school, children
EARLIEST DATE: 1896

Originally published in Song Stories for the Kindergarten (Chicago: Clayton E. Summy Co., 1896), Good Morning to All was written and composed by sisters Patty Hill and Mildred J. Hill. Thus the tune for Happy Birthday to You was born. And although the combination of music and lyrics to Happy Birthday to You did not appear in print until it appeared in The Beginners’ Book of Songs, published by the Cable Company, a piano manufacturer, in 1912. Happy Birthday to You was not copyrighted until1935. The business conglomerate Warner/Chappell now owns the copyright and maintains the copyright does not run out until 2030. Until then, Warner/Chappell maintains that any use of the song in TV, Radio, Restaurants, etc. owe royalties if used. Warner/Chappell continues to collect approximately $2 million dollars a gear, although Professor Robert Brauneis cited problems with the song’s authorship and the notice and renewal of the copyright, and concluded “It is almost certainly no longer under copyright.” [Social Science Research Network

In 2013, documentary filmmaker Jennifer Nelson filed a class action suit in federal court for the Southern District of New York against Warner/Chappell in the name of her production company, Good Morning to You Productions. [see Class Action Complaint]

OTHER TITLES AND VARIATIONS:

  • Happy Birthday

YOUTUBE VIDEO: 

YOUTUBE AUDIO: download
LYRIC & CHORD PRO CHART: download
PPT LYRICS FOR THE CLASSROOM: download
BONUS YOUTUBE VIDEO:

Good Morning

Good morning to you.
Good morning to you.
Good morning dear teacher,
Good morning to you.

SOURCES:

  • Folk Song Index: A Comprehensive Guide to the Florence E. Brunnings Collection, Florence E. Brunnings, Garland Publishing, Inc., New York and London 1981—Amazon Books
  • Song Stories for the Kindergarten (Chicago: Clayton E. Summy Co., 1896)

NOTICE: I’m not the best guitar player or vocalist, but no one loves these songs more than I do. The tune and lyrics are in the public domain unless otherwise noted. The recording © copyright 2013 by Stephen Griffith and may be used by permission of the copyright holder. The variation of the song I’m posting is the version I perform and is not exactly replicating the sources cited, but is always in the same song family. If anyone has more details about this song, or believes I’ve stated something in error, please let me know. I’m also open to suggestions to improve the site. Thanks. sgg

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