Published at Friday, 29 December 2017 by Socorro Cobb in Happy Bitrthday, with total 23 drawings.
So how did this song end up having its lyrics changed from a greeting to a birthday song? The changed lyrics first appeared in a songbook in 1924, although its unknown who did this first. As radio and film were becoming very popular the song seemed to take a life of its own for a while and the melody was used on more than one occasion in films in the early 1900s.
This all came to a head when Irving Berlins musical As Thousands Cheer used and didnot credit the Good Morning to All melody, the third hill sister called Jessica who administered the copyrights for her sisters filed a suit, and by being able to demonstrate concrete and undeniable similarities between Good Morning to All and Happy Birthday to You in a court of law she was able to obtain the copyright for Happy Birthday to You for her sisters as well.
Lets go back to the origins though...