Posted by: Jim E | December 10, 2012

White Christmas…The Song…The Movies…The Singers…

Something I’ve posted before…just for fun…but part of our family’s Christmas celebration…hope you enjoy some of this kind of thing too, with your family during this wonderful celebration of Christmas in America…

White Christmas…the song…is one of my favorite songs of the Christmas season…it has nothing to do with the Christmas story…the birth of Jesus Christ…but certainly is part of what Christmas is, in America…and probably around the world…none of us can miss the colors, sounds and culture of the Christmas season…and well, for me this song is a favorite…it starts: “The sun is shining, the grass is green, the orange and palm trees sway. There’s never been such a day in Beverly Hills, L.A. But it’s December the 24th and I am longing to be up North”…

And then it goes into the words most of us remember, “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas”…all of those words were written by a prodigious songwriter, Irving Berlin…the song was written in 1940 or 1941…first performed by Bing Crosby on his radio program on Christmas Day 1941…and appeared in a favorite Christmas classic “Holiday Inn”…all the songs in that movie were written by Irving Berlin and the one they thought would be the big hit was “Be Careful It’s My Heart”…(and that is a great song too)…but “White Christmas” was the big winner instead…enjoy the colorized clip…


I have loved that movie for a long time and introduced my kids to it as well…some parts may be suspect by some but overall it is a wonderful movie…and great for Christmas watching…along with so many others that are a bit more tame than the “fare” we get today…

The song became a seasonal standby…and the claim that the Bing Crosby recording is the best selling single of all time…some have disputed that but most agree…and you can still hear the song all during the Christmas season, even today…but it didn’t stop there…in 1954 the picture by that name was produced and was a great hit that year…”White Christmas” was suppose to star the same crew that was in “Holiday Inn” but it didn’t work out…Fred Astaire was not available, so Danny Kaye joined Bing Crosby as the male duo…and Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen joined them…it was a wonderful hit…and a great story line for just after WWII…and if you will notice an Inn was involved in this story too…the color in this movie is spectacular as well as the songs of Irving Berlin…and of course the title song, “White Christmas”…this is the finale of the picture…and not the best copy…but…here it is…

We’re not finished…hang on here…if you have noticed the song springs up this time of year…but it also shows up in movies from time to time…in this case Christmas theme pictures…how about “Santa Clause” and “Home Alone”, the first one…you know when he is home alone and standing in front of the mirror putting on his dad’s shaving lotion…there it is…”White Christmas”…now let me stop here for an instant…the song “White Christmas” has been sung by many, many people…men and women…for decades…and you may have your favorites…in fact Linda Ronstad and Rosemary Clooney recorded “White Christmas” not too many years ago…just before Clooney died in 2002 at the age of 74…hear it by clicking here…03 – White Christmas

But the one that is in “Home Alone” and “Santa Clause” is the version that I send out every year in cartoon form…it was performed by Clyde McPhatters and The Drifters…it is a good song in and of itself…with Bill Pinkney singing bass and Clyde McPhatters the tenor…but in the cartoon form…it is great…when Santa sings, “Snow, Snow”…and points up to get the snow to fall..and the reindeer…it all makes for a enjoyable version of a wonderful song…I hope you enjoy the cartoon version…and we wish you a Merry Christmas…I will be back with more on Christmas during December…but for now enjoy…


 

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  1. This is also my favorite song! Especially since I don’t remember having white christmases as a young child and I hope to one day have one. Thanks for sharing!

    • Oh, I had plenty of them over the years…now in Arkansas…not so much…but enjoy all the thoughts…and the music…thanks…Jim E


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