White Christmas
Holiday Inn, (1942)
White Christmas
1942
Irving Berlin
Irving Berlin
Holiday Inn
1942
VERSE
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 twenty-fourth,
And I am longing to be up North.
CHORUS
I'm dreaming of a White Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know,
Where the treetops glisten
And children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow.
I'm dreaming of a White Christmas
With ev'ry Christmas card I write:
"May your days be merry and bright
And may all your Christmases be white."
Irving Berlin’s biggest hit, this Holiday Inn number won the Academy Award for best original song in 1942. Here, are the two enlightening quotes from Robert Kimball’s Complete Lyrics of Irving Berlin:
“I wrote it for a revue I intended producing, changed my mind and put it away until it was used in a Bing Crosby picture. At the time I had no idea “White Christmas” would be a perennial hit or that Paramount would add to its popularity with a movie of the same name. When the song first became popular, I attributed it to the War and the fact that Christmas means peace. I felt that since people were singing it I ought to write another verse. But I couldn’t do it. New words would not come.” — Irving Berlin, Los Angeles Examiner (Dec 14, 1954)
“We have learned to be a little sad and a little lonesome without being sickly about it. This feeling is caught in the song of a thousand juke boxes and the tune whistled in streets and homes. “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas.” When we sing that we don’t hate anybody. And there are things we love that we’re going to have sometime if the breaks are not too bad against us. Way down under this latest hit of his Irving Berlin catches us where we love peace.” — Carl Sandburg, Chicago Times (Dec 1942).
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2013
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2014
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RecordedPerformersLabelCat.#Matrix
Les Paul & Mary FordCapitol2617
Frank SinatraCapitol2954
Statemen QuartetCapitol40263
Jo StaffordCapitol15200
Gordon Jenkins and his OrchestraCapitol15202
Wesley Tuttle / String BandCapitol15206Y2739
Jo StaffordCapitol1262
Gordon Jenkins and his OrchestraCapitol1263
Wesley TuttleCapitol1266
Walter Schumann VoicesCapitol1841
Ken Griffin (Organ & Chimes)Columbia38911CCO5166
Sammy KayeColumbia39573CO47066
Arthur GodfreyColumbia40109CO50193
Rosemary ClooneyColumbia40355RHCO33220
Rosemary ClooneyColumbia40370RHCO33220
Guy Lombardo's OrchestraDecca23738-
Charles Cronham (Organ/Chime)Mercury11261923
Patti PageMercury1243
Vic DamoneMercury51781913
Eddy Howard & His OrchestraMercury52162024
Vic DamoneMercury55151913
Patti PageMercury5732
Swing & Sway W Sammy KayeRCA Victor20-2392
Three SunsRCA Victor20-3568
Hugo Winterhalter & His OrchestraRCA Victor20-3937
Eddie Fisher (Hugo Winterhalter Orchestra + Chorus)RCA Victor20-4910E2VB-6514
Bobby Doyle W Ray Bloch OrchestraSignature15058-A287
Monica Lewis W Ray Bloch OrchestraSignature15151-A539-1B
05/29/1942Bing Crosby (Ken Darby Singers, John Scott Trotter and his Orchestra)Decca18429-ADLA3009
05/29/1942Bing CrosbyDecca23778-DLA3009
06/25/1942Freddie Martin & His OrchestraVictor27946-72435
07/01/1942Charlie Spivak & His OrchestraColumbia36649CO32962
07/01/1942Charlie Spivak & His OrchestraHarmony1082CO32962
07/30/1942Gordon Jenkins and his OrchestraCapitol12464
05/19/1944Guy Lombardo & His OrchestraDecca18717-A72146
05/19/1944Guy Lombardo's Royal CanadiansDecca28409-72146
10/17/1944Jasha HeifetzDecca23376-72461
11/14/1944Frank SinatraColumbia36756CO33811
11/14/1944Frank SinatraColumbia36860CO33811
11/14/1944Frank SinatraColumbia37152CO33811
11/14/1944Frank SinatraColumbia38257CO33811
09/19/1946Jo Stafford And Lyn Murray Singers (Paul Weston Orchestra)Capitol319999
10/22/1946Harry James & His OrchestraColumbia37955HCO2114
02/27/1947Ink SpotsDecca24140-73805
03/19/1947Bing Crosby (Ken Darby Singers, John Scott Trotter and his Orchestra)Decca15074-L4374
06/10/1947Carmen CavallaroDecca24141-73948
07/11/1947Harry Breuer / Jesse CrawfordDecca24143-73998
07/15/1947Ethel SmithDecca24142-74004
12/11/1947Fred WaringDecca24500-74225
09/14/1949Sister Rosetta TharpeDecca48119-75260
09/22/1952Louis Armstrong withDecca28443-83439
04/10/1954Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Peggy Lee, Trudy Stevens (Joseph J. Lilley Orchestra + Chorus)Decca29342-L7622
YearTitleMediumTypeUsage
1942Holiday Innfilmfilm originalintroduced
1946Blue Skiesfilmreused
1954White Christmasfilmfilm originalreused
2004White Christmasstagestage adaptationreused
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