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A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody




Composer: Irving Berlin
Arr: Merv Rowley, 2010


Once again we offer an arrangement by the "father" of American pop music, Irving Berlin (1888 - 1989). He composed over 1000 songs in his career, the best-known being White Christmas, Easter Parade and God Bless America. Among his top ten, however is a tune we have chosen for this month's arrangement, A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody. Berlin was already well known by the music world at the time he published this music in 1918 (his first hit was Alexander's Ragtime Band - 1911).

Pretty Girl was an overnight best seller, and a perfect theme song for the Ziegfeld Follies (featured in 1919 and 1920). Subsequently, this music became known nationwide as the theme song of the annual Miss America contest. In 1936, MGM made a movie entitled The Great Ziegfeld, (see cover page above) once again featuring Berlin's music. We are pleased to present a 1-3-5 dulcimer arrangement of this great tune for your pleasure. 


Included in the historical links below is one which shows the score, including a full-page of introductory lyrics, seldom heard, for those interested. 

About the Music

A novel feature of this arrangement (chorus only) is the fact that melody and chords require the use of all twelve chromatic notes in the D scale. You will find the chords and melody varied, beautiful to the ear and not at all difficult to play with a bit of practice . 

Your 1-3-5 Team




Download files 




Pretty Girl.tef


Pretty Girl.mid



Historical links



Sheet music for Pretty Girl - Lester Levy Collection at Johns Hopkins University



Irving Berlin's biography


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