The Story of 'Happy Birthday to You'

The music to "Good Morning to All," the basis for "Happy Birthday To You." From "Song Stories for the Kindergarten." Public domain

When teachers Mildred and Patty Hill's song "Good Morning to All" was published in 1893, there was no public performance right for songs. After the tune was paired with the birthday lyrics, its popularity soared and sparked a tremendous copyright battle.

Topics in this Podcast: legal history, American history, 20th century, U.S. history