Irving Berlin bought a house for his mother from the money he made from his 1911 monster hit "Alexander's Ragtime Band
", and appears to have been deeply affected by her death eleven years later. According to his biographer Laurence Bergreen in As Thousands Cheer...
,"What'll I Do?" was published in early 1924 and sold more than a million copies of the sheet music. Another song, "All Alone
", had the same tragic inspiration and similar commercial success.
Alexander Baron - London, England