January 30, 2017 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein, History & Heritage Committee | firstname.lastname@example.org
Snippet #12: Songwriters: The National Press Club had a song in its heart in 1924 when it hosted a "songwriters" night" to celebrate the 10th birthday of ASCAP--the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Irving Berlin was there, as were Jerome Kern, John Phillip Sousa, Victor Herbert and young George Gershwin.
Berlin confessed that although he could write unforgettable songs, he could only play them on the piano's black keys.
Music was in the air that evening at the Press Club -- where news is made in the nation's capital.