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Sunday, December 25, 2011

"White Christmas"

Bing Crosby - White Christmas (1947)

The best selling single of all time.

This is not the original recording, that was lost to degradation. That was 1942. This was also not the recording from either of the movies this was in: 1942's Holiday Inn or 1954's White Christmas. This was such a popular song that a new recording was necessary because the master had worn out from constant recording.

Recorded with the Trotter Orchestra and the Darby Singers, this version remains the one that every Christmas celebrating individual, as well as anyone who knows any; can sing along with. Crosby's Baritone voice is reassuring, telling us that even though we may be far away from what we love about the holidays, they are still there. This was a particularly poignant theme for the soldiers away from home fighting in WWII. The whistling part has always been one of my favorite moments in a Christmas song, along with the vocal bridge in Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters Jingle Bells. Bing might have whistled the part himself, there's no notes as to who did it, and he was known to be a whistler.

Merry Christmas!

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