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White Christmas – The Holiday Inn Original.

While most people associate the song “White Christmas” with the 1954 movie of the same name starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Vera-Ellen, Rosemary Clooney (who played the role of Vera-Ellen’s older sister but in real life was 6 years younger) and Dean Jagger, the first time the song appeared in a movie was the 1942 film “Holiday Inn.”

Holiday Inn starred Crosby, Fred Astaire and Marjorie Reynolds.

A couple of interesting trivia facts include Reynolds’ singing voice being dubbed using the voice of Martha Mears. In addition, the set for Holiday Inn was used again in the making of the film White Christmas. Finally, the song won an Academy Award for “Best Song.” In a twist of fate, the Oscar for the category was presented by Irving Berlin who had actually written the song White Christmas. Berlin became the first presenter to present an Academy Award to himself.

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 copy of the recording from the radio program is owned by the estate of Bing Crosby and was loaned to CBS Sunday Morning for their December 25, 2011, program. He subsequently recorded the song with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra and the Ken Darby Singers for Decca Records in just 18 minutes on May 29, 1942, and it was released on July 30 as part of an album of six 78-rpm songs from the film Holiday Inn. At first, Crosby did not see anything special about the song. He just said “I don’t think we have any problems with that one, Irving.”

The song initially performed poorly and was overshadowed by Holiday Inn’s first hit song: “Be Careful, It’s My Heart”. By the end of October 1942, “White Christmas” topped the “Your Hit Parade” chart. It remained in that position until well into the new year. It has often been noted that the mix of melancholy — “just like the ones I used to know” — with comforting images of home — “where the treetops glisten” — resonated especially strongly with listeners during World War II. The Armed Forces Network was flooded with requests for the song. The recording is noted for Crosby’s whistling during the second Chorus


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Flash Mob in Bethlehem. The Middle East Bethlehem.

We really didn’t expect much from this video but it really drew us in.

It starts simply with a little boy playing his violin and builds from there.

Well done, if you ask us.



Christmas Time Is Here And Now – Mercy Me.

One of our readers sent up this suggestion for Christmas music from the Christian group Mercy Me.

Nice, huh?



Merry Christmas, Darling.

Karen Carpenter had one of the most pure voices we can remember. She left us way too soon, but her talent and that of her brother Richard, will last forever.





Twelve Days Of Christmas.

It’s the start of that time of year…

Have you ever noticed that the Muppets don’t have great individual voices, but yet harmonize so well? Maybe it is for that reason that they are so much fun to sing along with.

Oh yeah……. Bah dah dum dum!



Flash Mob In Boise.

The young girls who start “O Holy Night” are incredible.


Enjoy.



Journey Of Faith Flash Mob.

We posted this Christmas flash mob last year and are posting it again this year because we just like it that much.

There is some humor and some great vocals in it. What’s not to like?

Journey of Faith performed a Christmas “Flash Mob” at the South Bay Galleria in Redondo Beach on December 18, much to the delight of local shoppers. Thanks to all who participated. Merry Christmas everyone!!




Jingle (Hand)Bells!

This is a totally charming and cute rendition of the classic song “Jingle Bells” as played by the The Enchantment Handbell Ensemble.

Watch for all the sight gags as you listen.


Nicely done, eh?



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