[7], The sun is shining, the grass is green, 5; December 1946, No. Oxford Music Online. [29], Irving Berlin's opening verse is often dropped in recordings. Before 1942, Christmas songs and films had come out sporadically, and many were popular. The song was written by Berlin for the musical film Holiday Inn, released in 1942. I’ll Be Home For Christmas (If Only In My Dreams) 6. The price is much lower and it is not a cd-r copy. 'White Christmas' and the reasons it endures", "History of ""The Jewel of the Desert"" | Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel". It was certainly a familiar entertainment, distinctly reminiscent of Holiday Inn (1942), with which it shared not only that setting at an inn in New England and the song "White Christmas," but also a full song score by Berlin combining newly written numbers and old standards. [85], In 1944, Frank Sinatra with a backing orchestration under the direction of Axel Stordahl for Columbia, reached No. But when I did ‘White Christmas’ he came to life and said ‘Irving, you won’t have to worry about that one.’ " "We didn’t even think ‘White Christmas’ was the big song of the picture,” Berlin told Earl Wilson (December 12, 1953).“We started exploiting ‘Be Careful It’s My Heart,’ which was the Valentine song. Sung by Bing Crosby. [96] Garth Brooks version included on his first holiday album, Beyond the Season, peaked at No. The song "White Christmas" is a classic. [101], The Glee cast's version of the song entered the UK charts for the first time in 2018, four years after its release, at No. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen 5. Watch the video for White Christmas from The Drifters's Definitive Soul: The Drifters for free, and see the artwork, lyrics and similar artists. 62 on the same chart in 2000[98], Bette Midler's version, released on her non-holiday album, Bette Midler Sings the Rosemary Clooney Songbook, reached No. Hi Hup. [90], In 1952, Mantovani and his orchestra reached No. Reprised during the finale by Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen (dubbed by Trudy Stevens) (uncredited) The Old Man. The Christmas SongJingle Bells Silent Night, Holy Night God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow I'll Be Home For Christmas Adeste Fideles White Christmas Joy to the World The First Noel Good King Wenceslas Away In a Manger Deck the Halls O Little Town of Bethlehem Silver Bells Stream ad-free or purchase CD's and MP3s now on Amazon.com. The big difference was that Bing Crosby, again leading the cast, was paired not with Fred Astaire, but with Danny Kaye. 1 spot during the holiday seasons of 1945 and 1946 (on the chart dated January 4, 1947), thus becoming the only single with three separate runs at the top of the U.S. charts. Silent Night 2. The song White Christmas is undoubtedly the most famous and popular of all the Christmas songs. [5][9] At first, Crosby did not see anything special about the song. The song White Christmas was written by Irving Berlin and was first recorded and released by Bing Crosby with Ken Darby Singers and John Scott Trotter and His Orchestra in 1942. [1] When the figures for other versions of the song are added to Crosby's, sales of the song exceed 100 million. 16). 98. 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[89] while Ernest Tubb, with female backing vocals by The Troubadettes on Decca, peaked at No. But Clooney, who coaxed her retired sister Betty Clooney back to duet with her on the witty "Sisters," has it all over the double-tracked Lee, whose version has none of the humor of the Clooney Sisters' rendition, and doesn't even make much sense. In 1942 alone, Crosby's recording spent eleven weeks on top of the Billboard charts. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) (1963) Written by Phil Spector, Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry Published by Mother Bertha Music, Inc. administered by ABKCO Music, Inc., Universal-Songs of PolyGram Int., Inc. o/b/o Steeplechase Music and Malt Shoppe Music and Trio Music Company Performed by Darlene Love Courtesy of Phil Spector Records, Inc. Re-released by Decca, the single returned to the No. Tons of versions of classic holiday pop standards. [88], In 1949, The Ravens peaked at No. [103], Original song written and composed by Irving Berlin, 1942 single by Bing Crosby with Ken Darby Singers and John Scott Trotter and His Orchestra, 1942 78 single release of "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby on Decca Records, 18429 A, with Ken Darby Singers and John Scott Trotter and His Orchestra, Matrix # DLA 3009. [citation needed], Michael Bolton performed it on his 1992 non-holiday album, Timeless: The Classics, where it peaked at No. 20 on Billboard's pop singles chart (and again in December 1945, reaching No. Not so typically, there has been a major substitution in the cast. White Christmas, or, as the songwriter who instigated the project would have it, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, was the big holiday movie of 1954 (and, ultimately, the highest grossing picture released during that year). in Beverly Hills, L.A. ), According to Crosby's nephew, Howard Crosby, "I once asked Uncle Bing about the most difficult thing he ever had to do during his entertainment career… He said in December, 1944, he was in a USO show with Bob Hope and the Andrews Sisters. The songs of the 20th century's most-successful composer. 73 on Billboard's Hot 100 Airplay chart in January 1993. "[10], The song established that there could be commercially successful secular Christmas songs[11]—in this case, written by a Jewish immigrant to the United States. 13 on the Italian Singles Chart based on digital downloads of the track. What’s the Christmas season without a little doo wop of a popular standard? The legal album also includes two more complete albums: "A Christmas Songbook" by The Living Voices and "The Spirit Of Christmas" by The Living Strings. They did an outdoor show in northern France… he had to stand there and sing 'White Christmas' with 100,000 G.I.s in tears without breaking down himself. A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general. Medley: Old Man/Gee, I Wish I Was Back in the Army, The Best Things Happen While You're Dancing, Medley: Blue Skies/I'd Rather See a Minstrel Show/Mandy. The first public performance of the song was by Bing Crosby, on his NBC radio show The Kraft Music Hall on Christmas Day, 1941, a few weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor. [8] A copy of the recording from the radio program is owned by Crosby's estate and was loaned to CBS News Sunday Morning for their December 25, 2011 program. Check out White Christmas by Bing Crosby on Amazon Music. CD sleeve: Billboard Greatest Christmas Hits (1955 – Present), 1989 Rhino Records Inc. A Christmas Gift for You from Philles Records, Bette Midler Sings the Rosemary Clooney Songbook, "Guinness Book of Records, 2007 Edition, page 187", "Guinness Book of Records, 2008 Edition, page 181", "Guinness Book of Records, 2009 Edition, pages 14, 15 & 169", "The Best-Selling Record of All. an Irving Berlin song reminiscing about an old-fashioned Christmas setting. Although Rosemary Clooney had a major part in the famous film White Christmas back in … A copy of the recording from the radio program is owned by Crosby's estate and was loaned to CBS News Sunday Morning for their December 25, 2011 program. [82] The following have received some charting success. Christmas Identifier 78_white-christmas_bing-crosby--irving-berlin-ken-darby-singers-john-scott-trotter-and_gbia0001244a Location USA Run time 00:03:11 Scanner Internet Archive Python library 1.4.0 Scanningcenter George Blood, L.P. [84] Eddy Howard and his Orchestra released a version on the Majestic label that reached No. Grove Music Online. Crosby re-recorded the track on March 19, 1947, accompanied again by the Trotter Orchestra and the Darby Singers, with every effort made to reproduce the original recording session. [5] He subsequently recorded the song with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra and the Ken Darby Singers and for Decca Records in 18 minutes on May 29, 1942, and it was released on July 30 as part of an album of six 78-rpm discs from the musical film Holiday Inn. [99] The version released on Andrea Bocelli 2009 album, My Christmas, reached No. The song ordinated in the movie "Holiday Inn" that is also a Christmas favorite, and stars Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. (uncredited) Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin. Size 10.0 Source 78 [25] However, after careful research, Guinness World Records in 2007 concluded that, worldwide, Crosby's recording of "White Christmas" has sold at least 50 million copies, and that Elton John's recording of "Candle in the Wind 1997" has sold 33 million. "White Christmas" is the most-recorded Christmas song; there have been more than 500 recorded versions of the song, in several different languages. Lee provides an interesting contrast. The composition won the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 15th Academy Awards. [12] Ronald D. Lankford, Jr., wrote, "During the 1940s, 'White Christmas' would set the stage for a number of classic American holiday songs steeped in a misty longing for yesteryear." Silver Bells [5] One story is that he wrote it in 1940, in warm La Quinta, California, while staying at the La Quinta Hotel, a frequent Hollywood retreat also favored by writer-director-producer Frank Capra, although the Arizona Biltmore also claims the song was written there. 1 on Billboard's weekly Christmas Singles chart. For example, her "Love You Didn't Do Right by Me" has much more of a blues feel than Clooney's. [2][3][4], Accounts vary as to when and where Berlin wrote the song. It returned to the same chart in the next two years. It was covered by Bill Perry [1], Blue Seven, Tim McKee, The Overtones [GB] and other artists. [91] The Drifters rendition of this song can be heard in the films Home Alone and The Santa Clause. “White Christmas” – the song, is the most popular song of all time and it was written by a Jewish man during the summer in California. I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know
Where the tree tops glisten
And children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow
I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
With every Christmas card I write
May your days be … "Crosby, Bing." Martina McBride's WHITE CHRISTMAS is one of the most traditional Christmas cds to be released in recent years. 9 on Billboard's Rhythm & Blues Records chart in January 1949 on National Records. 2 on Billboard's Rhythm & Blues Records chart. 7 on Billboard's pop singles chart (two more times: December 1945, No. [7] The re-recording is recognizable by the addition of flutes and celesta in the beginning. The album does not represent the best efforts of any of these talented artists, but it is a solid, reliable piece of entertainment, just as the movie it accompanies is. White Christmas, or, as the songwriter who instigated the project would have it, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, was the big holiday movie of 1954 (and, ultimately, the highest grossing picture released during that year). Doo Wop Christmas Songs. White Christmas 4. In Holiday Inn, the composition won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1942. In a UK poll in December 2012, "White Christmas" was voted fourth (behind "Fairytale of New York", "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" and "Merry Xmas Everybody") on the ITV television special The Nation's Favourite Christmas Song. 70 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in January 1995. The version most often heard today on the radio during the Christmas season is the 1947 re-recording. "[7], The first public performance of the song was by Bing Crosby, on his NBC radio show The Kraft Music Hall on Christmas Day, 1941, a few weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Holiday on Broadway. However, "the popular culture industry had not viewed the themes of home and hearth, centered on the Christmas holiday, as a unique market" until after the success of "White Christmas" and the film where it appeared, Holiday Inn. The new "Snow" and the inevitable title song, done as quartets by Crosby, Kaye, Lee, and Trudy Stevens (who replaced Wood on the recording), give the score its holiday flavor. Jingle Bells 8. Faith Of Our Fathers 7. This song by Irving Berlin as sung by Bing Crosby is the best-selling single of all time — somewhere in the vicinity of 50 million copies. Although Crosby dismissed his role in the song's success, saying later that "a jackdaw with a cleft palate could have sung it successfully",[19] he was associated with it for the rest of his career. [9] By the end of October 1942, "White Christmas" topped the Your Hit Parade chart. Gordon Jenkins and his Orchestra (with Bob Carroll on lead vocal) released a version on Capitol Records that reached No. The Guinness Book of World Records 2009 Edition lists the song as a 100-million seller, encompassing all versions of the song, including albums. [94], Andy Williams recorded the song for Columbia in 1963 on The Andy Williams Christmas Album, where it reached No. This now-familiar scene was not the moviemakers' initial plan. [89] In 1980, Darts's version peaked at No. September 26, 2016. 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Oxford University Press. Eric Clapton - White Christmas (Performance Video) - YouTube Irving Berlin wrote all the music for the movie, including of course "White Christmas." C F C F G G Gb F I'm dreaming of a white Christmas F G C G With every Christmas card I write, C C7 F Fm7 "May your days be merry and bright C G C G7 C And may all your Christmases be white." [9] The song would feature in another Crosby film, the 1954 musical White Christmas, which became the highest-grossing film of 1954. [13] Dave Marsh and Steve Propes wrote, "'White Christmas' changed Christmas music forever, both by revealing the huge potential market for Christmas songs and by establishing the themes of home and nostalgia that would run through Christmas music evermore. "White Christmas" is an Irving Berlin song reminiscing about an old-fashioned Christmas setting. [16] Crosby's first-ever appearance on the black-oriented chart. [2] However, an update in the 2009 edition of the book decided to further help settle the controversy amicably by naming both John's and Crosby's songs to be "winners" by stating that John's recording is the "best-selling single since UK and US singles charts began in the 1950s," while maintaining that "the best-selling single of all time was released before the first pop charts," and that this distinction belongs to "White Christmas," which it says "was listed as the world's best-selling single in the first-ever Guinness Book of Records (published in 1955) and—remarkably—still retains the title more than 50 years later."[26]. There's no new holiday anthems to learn, just tried and true hymns ("What Child Is This," "Away In A Manger") and Yuletide evergreens ("Silver Bells," "I'll Be Home For Christmas"). 21 on Billboard's pop singles chart the same year[87] while Perry Como, with backing orchestration by Lloyd Shaffer, recorded the song for RCA Victor in 1947 and reached No. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town 9. The set on the Paramount lot was refurbished for the next Christmas classic. Directed by Michael Curtiz. Kaye is his usual zany self on the novelty tune "Choreography" and partners with Crosby well on a couple of medleys. Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful) 3. 6)[86] Jo Stafford reaching No. Sung by Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, and chorus. Not only is it the best song I ever wrote, it's the best song anybody ever wrote. Music by White Christmas: The Musical and similar artists! 23 on Billboard's pop singles chart; Como recorded a stereo version of the song in 1959. 16 on Billboard magazine's pop singles chart in 1942[83] and Charlie Spivak and his Orchestra (with Garry Stevens on lead vocal) released a version for Columbia Records that reached No. This is my favorite Christmas song, especially when it's played in this version. But it's December the twenty-fourth,— General Waverly's Columbia Inn in fictional Pine Tree, Vermont, made it's debut a decade before, in Holiday Inn. [6] He often stayed up all night writing. It remained in that position until well into the new year. 1. Composed by Irving Berlin, Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" is the best-selling Christmas song of all time and the best-selling single ever. The original version also hit number one on the Harlem Hit Parade for three weeks,[15] The song also topped the following weekly charts in the same year: Songs with Most Radio Plugs, National record sales, and National sheet music sales. [4][5] Crosby's holiday collection Merry Christmas was first released as an LP in 1949, and has never been out of print since. The recording became a chart perennial, reappearing annually on the pop chart twenty times before Billboard magazine created a distinct Christmas chart for seasonal releases. [102], In 2020, a version by Meghan Trainor, featuring Seth MacFarlane, went to No. There's never been such a day The recording is noted for Crosby's whistling during the second chorus.[9]. Watch the video for White Christmas from Otis Redding's Pure Southern Soul for free, and see the artwork, lyrics and similar artists. [95] It was released in 1968 on Atco Records as a posthumous single from Otis Redding, and reached No. (Crosby made yet another studio recording of the song, accompanied by Joseph J. Lilley's orchestra and chorus, for the film's soundtrack album. [28], The recording was broadcast on Armed Forces Radio on April 30, 1975, as a secret, pre-arranged signal precipitating the U.S. evacuation from Saigon. 15 on Billboard's Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart in 2003. Their romantic interests, respectively, were Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen (her singing voice dubbed by Gloria Wood). 12 on the Christmas Singles chart. In the script as originally conceived, Reynolds, not Crosby, would sing the song. [27] In 2002, the original 1942 version was one of 50 historically significant recordings chosen that year by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry. If you’re looking for … Of course, a lot of those boys were killed in the Battle of the Bulge a few days later."[18]. [100] Despite not being released as a single, Marco Mengoni's version, released on the compilation album X Factor – The Christmas Album, charted at No. 16 on the Portuguese Singles Chart. Crosby's version of the song also holds the distinction of being ranked No. [97] In 1998 Martina McBride recorded it for her album White Christmas, charting twice, reaching No. Typically for the time, this soundtrack album consists not of recordings taken directly from the film itself, but of studio recordings made separately. The Armed Forces Network was flooded with requests for the song. [17] In the film, Crosby sings "White Christmas" as a duet with actress Marjorie Reynolds, though her voice was dubbed by Martha Mears. In 1999, National Public Radio included it in the "NPR 100", which sought to compile the one hundred most important American musical works of the 20th century. Reprised at the end of the film. Clooney, an exclusive Columbia Records recording artist, was contractually prohibited from appearing on the album (she made her own solo disc of the songs), and Decca Records instead had Peggy Lee fill in. White Christmas is a 1954 American musical film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen.Filmed in Technicolor, it features the songs of Irving Berlin, including a new version of the title song, "White Christmas", introduced by Crosby in the 1942 film Holiday Inn.. INSTRUMENTAL C F C F G G Gb F I'm dreaming of a white Christmas F G C G Just like the ones I used to know. That 2 cd set includes the complete "White Christmas" album in its entirety (songs are in the exact same sequence as on the original release). Since its release, "White Christmas" has been covered by multiple artists, with the version sung by Bing Crosby being the world's best-selling single with estimated sales in excess of 50 million copies worldwide. It is included on A Christmas Gift for You from Philles Records, sung by Darlene Love; on Barbra Streisand's A Christmas Album; on the Carpenters' Christmas Portrait, sung by Karen Carpenter; on Neil Diamond's The Christmas Album; on Bette Midler's Cool Yule; on Libera's Christmas Album; and on Crash Test Dummies' Jingle All the Way. But it turns out America's favorite Christmas carol has a pretty sad back story. In 2004, it ranked No. There has been confusion and debate on whether Crosby's record is the best-selling single, due to a lack of information on sales of "White Christmas," because Crosby's recording was released before the advent of the modern-day US and UK singles charts. With Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen. 48 on the UK singles chart. The orange and palm trees sway. Web. 2 on the "Songs of the Century" list, behind only Judy Garland's "Over the Rainbow," as voted by members of the RIAA. Watch the video for White Christmas from Bing Crosby's Elvis' Christmas Album for free, and see the artwork, lyrics and similar artists. Holiday music from Broadway shows and Broadway stars. He subsequently recorded the song with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra and the Ken Darby Singers and for Decca Recordsin 18 minutes on May 29, 1942, and it was released on … Crosby is forced to sing "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep" alone (it was a duet with Clooney in the film), but manages. If all the versions of the song are put together, the figure rises to 100 million. Christmas Standards. These are the formats and track listings of single releases of "White Christmas". 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