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There are many old traditional Christmas songs that people sing, play, and dance to every year. Sometimes it might not even be on Christmas when they’re playing the music. You have Christmas songs like Frosty the Snowman, Little Drummer Boy, This Christmas, Jingle Bells, Motown Christmas, Whiz it’s Christmas, and Santa Claus is Coming to Town. All of these songs bring out the jollyness during Christmas time. Without Christmas music the holidays just wouldn’t be the same. Have you ever wondered where the music originated from?
Frosty the Snowman was written by Walter “Jack” Nelson and Steve Nelson and it was first ever recorded by Gene Autry who also did a recording of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
The song was released in the 1950s which later influenced the production of the television show “Frosty the Snowman” which was created and aired on December 9, 1969 on CBS. TV guide ranked the television show number 4 on its Best Family Holiday Specials list.
Frosty the Snowman brought attention towards a lot of children all over the world. “Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul, With his corncob pipe and his button nose, and two eyes made out of coal. Frosty the Snowman was alive the children say, he was made of snow but the children know how he came to life one day. There must have been some magic in that old silk hat they found for when they placed it on his head he began to dance around.
Oh, Frosty the snowman was alive as he could be, and the children say he could laugh and play just the same as you and me.
Frosty the snowman knew the sun was hot that day. So he said let’s run and we’ll have some fun now, before I melt away. Down to the village with a broomstick in his hand, running here and there, all around the square saying, “catch me if you can. Now, Frosty the Snowman had to hurry on his way.
So he waved goodbye saying, “Don’t you cry. I’ll be back on Christmas Day.” Thumpity Thump Thump, Thumpity Thump Thump, look at Frosty go. Thumpity Thump Thump, Thumpity Thump Thump,Over the fields of snow.” The song tells a story about how a snowman who comes alive with the help of a magic hat. The song was meant to entertain others of all ages rather it’s a child or an adult.
Little Drummer Boy was written by songwriters Harry Simeone, K.K Davis, and Henry Onorati and it was released on December 19, 1968. “The Little Drummer Boy” is considered to be a children’s song but it’s also mentioned to have faithful meanings written between the lines of “Pa rum pa pum pums”. In 1968, Rankin-Bass produced a stop motion animated Christmas television special based on the song “The Little Drummer Boy”. In the television show the boy name is Aaron and the storyline of the show is to include events before the birth of Jesus.
My all time favorite Christmas song has to be “This Christmas”. This Christmas was written by Donny Hathaway. Donny Hathaway was one of the most brightest new voices in soul music at the dawn of the 70s, her voice was truly beautiful to hear. The song was released on December 9, 1970, and she had the help of Nadine McKinnor. Donny stated that this perticular song took awhile to find a audience and it later became a modern holiday standard covered by many talented artists including; Destiny’s child, Aretha Franklin, and Lady Antebellum. Out of all the artists Chris Brown is the only artist to chart with the song, reaching number 62 in 2007 with his rendition. The song became very popular when he sung it on the movie “This Christmas”. In the year 2012 John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John recorded a version featuring jazz pianist Chick Corea as the title track for their Christmas album. It was the first new artistic work the pair had done together since they recorded the song ‘Take a Chance” for the 1983 film “Two of a Kind”.
With all of the artists wanting to do covers of the song made the song get out more and more each year. The song Jingle Bells was originally written by song writer James Lord Pierpont and is mentioned to be one of the best-known and commonly sung American songs in the world. It has been said that it was written to be sung as a Sunday school choir, on the other hand it was said that it was way to “racy” to be sung by a children’s choir. It was originally intended for the Thanksgiving season and it had no association with Christmas. The Jackson 5 was a popular boy group of all brothers including famous artist Michael Jackson. They put the song on the “Jackson 5 Christmas Album” and it was released in 1970. The album spent all four weeks at the top number one position on Billboard magazine special Christmas Albums chart that the magazine published in December 1970, making it the best-selling Christmas album of that year and also year 1972. his album was a top seller and would have charted high on the Billboard 200 but from 1963 to 1973, holiday albums were not allowed to chart. It has sold over 3.5 million copies worldwide.The album has also been praised by critics.
Gee Whiz it’s Chritsmas was written by songwriter and American singer Carla Thomas. She is often referred to as the Queen of Memphis Soul. She initially recorded this song at her home and immediately thought that it was going to be a hit. Her father Rufus Thomas who was signed with Satellite Records always had her listening to musis to the point where she wanted to write and sing herself. She wrote the song “Gee Whiz it’s Christmas” when she was just 16 years old. It was meant to be a very innocent song where she finds herself thinking of how she can approach her crush, the guy she mentions who is “awful nice” and has eyes that hypnotize. The lyrics were very old fashioned but it turned out to be a hit.When her father Rufus played a demo of the song for his label boss Jim Stewart, he heard the hit potential and went all out to record it properly and fast. “Stewart booked a group called the Veltones to do background vocals and also a 3-piece string section led by his former violin teacher Noel Gilbert.
The session was booked for a day in August in 1960 at 2 p.m. in their studios on McLemore Avenue, which was a converted theater with no air conditioning. By 2:30, the arranger had not arrived, so Stewart took over the session, working out the arrangement on the fly with Gilbert. When they were finally ready to go, it was 5 o’clock and the musicians were making overtime.” They rolled the tape and got it right on the first take, with the then 17-year-old Carla Thomas nailing her vocal on the first try. A few days later the song hit number 10, they knew right then and there she was headed towards success. The single was then distributed by Atlantic Records. When the song became a hit, Atlantic Records then wanted a whole Album to promote the song she produced and more to back it up. She received many achievements at such a young age.
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