Cocktails & Mocktails; E-Fu; Blue Danube

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Mon Dec 20 21:30:06 UTC 1999

Yes, and linguists have greatly benefitted from "Happy Birthday (although
that fact is apparently less well-known than the song's top popularity).


>I would never argue with Barry about words. But I'd guess that "Happy
>Birthday" would top any list of "Most Famous Songs"
>Bapopik at AOL.COM wrote:   V. "The Blue Danube"--The First "Pop Hit" in the
>>   Strauss wrote over 550 compositions: polkas, operettas, marches,
>>individual dances and of course--almost synonymous with Strauss and
>>Vienna--waltzes.  In 1867 he composed perhaps the most famous piece ever
>>written, "The Blue Danube."  The phrase "pop hit" to refer to a popular
>>success was first applied to this piece.

Dennis R. Preston
Department of Linguistics and Languages
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA
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