History of Christmas Carols: Frosty the Snowman

This Frosty the Snowman won't melt.
This Frosty the Snowman won't melt. | Source

If anyone were to ask me what one of my all-time favorite Christmas carols was, I'd have to say Frosty the Snowman. The lyrics are fun and very easy to remember. Who can resist a jolly snowman that comes to life.

When you hear the tune do you start singing along with the words? I know I do.

Even though the word Christmas isn't in the song at all it still conjures up many happy memories of Christmas. Playing in the snow and making our very own Frosty.

How did Frosty the Snowman come about?

Two songwriters by the names of Jack Nelson and Steve Rollins in the winter of 1949-1950 created Frosty the Snowman. It was shortly after Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer had been released in 1949 . Rudolph had sold over 2 million records, and Jack and Steve wanted to write a catchy popular tune that would rake in the dough too. These two song writers thought that if someone could write classic hit like Rudolph, which everyone loved, then they could come up with something seasonal as well. Frosty was more than likely inspired by the first snowfall that season.

Once the song was written it was decided that they'd approach Gene Autry to record it. Why Gene? He was the original singer for Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. In 1950 on December 14th, Frosty the Snowman was released on Columbia Records label and sung by Gene Autry and the Cass County Boys.

As soon as the song was released it became very popular and was loved by all.

Originally the song was titled Frosty the Snow Man.

Frosty the Snowman has been recorded by:

Person
Year Recorded
Chart Place
Peak Position
Gene Autry
1950
US Pop Singles
7
Perry Como
1957
US Pop Singles
74
Johnny Mathis
2003
US Adult Contemporary
29
Kimberley Locke
2007
US Hot Adult Contemporary
1
 
 
 
 
Bing Crosby, the Jackson Five, and others have recorded Frosty the Snowman.

Frosty The Snowman (1953) The First Animated Classic Cartoon

Frosty the Snowman on Television

In 1969 an animated television show comes to life on December 7th, based on the discover of Frosty, and includes the ever so popular Christmas carol Frosty the Snowman. This has been airing ever since.

Sequels that followed the original show are as follows:

  • Frosty's Winter Wonderland - 1976. Frosty gets married.
  • Rudolph's and Frosty's Christmas in July - 1979
  • Frosty Returns - 1992
  • The Legend of Frosty the Snowman - 2005

Frosty the Snowman (A Little golden book)
Frosty the Snowman (A Little golden book)

Little Golden Books first published Frosty the Snowman in 1950 as a children's book.

 

Lyrics for Frosty the Snowman

In case you'd like to sing along with the video and have perhaps forgotten some of the words, here are the lyrics.


Frosty The Snowman

Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul,
With a corncob pipe and a button nose
And two eyes made out of coal.
Frosty the snowman is a fairy tale, they 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.
O, 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.
Thumpetty thump thump,
Thumpety thump thump,
Look at Frosty go.
Thumpetty thump thump,
Thumpety thump thump,
Over the hills of snow.

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.
He led them down the streets of town
Right to the traffic cop.
And he only paused a moment when
He heard him holler "Stop!"
For Frosty the snow man
Had to hurry on his way,
But he waved goodbye saying,
"Don't you cry,
I'll be back again some day."
Thumpetty thump thump,
Thumpety thump thump,
Look at Frosty go.
Thumpetty thump thump,
Thumpety thump thump,
Over the hills of snow.


Make Your Very Own Frosty This Winter

This snowman was made by my son and his roommates. He stands eight feet tall. Of course you need enough snow during the winter to make a snowman this large. My son used his parking spot, and after building this big guy realized that if the snowman fell to the right or left it could damage one of the cars.

Frosty in Ontario Canada

This guy stood eight feet high.
This guy stood eight feet high. | Source

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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks Audrey!


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

Aww! I was just talking with my husband about this song--what a great article on it! Sharing!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Sharyn, Thanks for stopping by even though Christmas is a ways away yet. Glad you enjoyed the history.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Wow, Christmas is really only about 3 months away. Singing Christmas carols is the only time anyone else will ever hear me sing. That's when I don't care, and I let it out. This was fun. I enjoyed learning the history behind the song.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

SubRon, Thanks.

tillsontitan, I think Frosty was one of the first Christmas songs I learned. Thank you :)

Ruby, Hearing Bing Crosby singing White Christmas gives me goosebumps. Glad you enjoyed the hub.

Brenda, Thanks so much. There is one other Christmas song that makes me want to dance, and that's "Bruce" singing Santa Claus is Coming to Town. I'm sure it's one of your favorites too :)


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Alicia, They ended up taking the snowman down after a few days as they were afraid that it would damage one of the cars on either side.

robie, Thanks :)

Frank, Burl Ives did record Frosty as well. So many artists have.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

unknown spy, Thanks for reading and for commenting.

Tammy, Burl Ives is wonderful. Thanks.

Cardisa, I'm surprised that you've never heard about Frosty before. He's such a cute snowman :)


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

We love Frosty also and even watch the movie during the summer. Maybe we will read the story at bedtime tonight. You did a great job teaching your readers about Mr. Frosty. Thanks for a fun time.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I love Christmas songs, My favorite, ' White Christmas ' The snowman picture is awesome. This was a fun Hub, enjoyed..


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

You can't go wrong with anything Christmas and you picked a really good one! Everyone loves carols and especially Frosty. Children sing it from the time they can talk! This was a really nice hub.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.


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SubRon7 4 years ago from eastern North Dakota

You really took me back, Susan, this is an enchanting hub. Back in the fifties (the good old days) is when the classics became classics. I chose Little Drummer Boy, but Mommy Kissing Santa Clause would have been next. Thanks for the memories!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

Gene Autry sung Frosty? for some odd reason I thought it was Burl Ives... hmm well I learned something new I should have justaskedsusan huh? LOL thanks sue


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robie2 4 years ago from Central New Jersey

Olove Christmas carols and Christmas music. Frosty the Snowman brings back so many great memories-- and I love the pictures too.


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Thanks for this information, Susan. Christmas carols and songs are such an enjoyable part of the Christmas season. It's interesting to learn about their background. I love the photo of your son's snowman. He looks like he was great fun to build!


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

I love Christmas carols but my fave is O Holy Night. I don't know Frosty The Snowman, thanks for introducing him to me.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

This is really interesting. Christmas carols are a collection of the best tunes all around the world and I love learning about them. I am a HUGE fan of Burl Ives and his carols too. Frosty the Snowman brings back some good old memories. Great hub!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

i love all the song in your list Susan. And it was so nice to know about Frosty the Snowman :)


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Funny, the whole family has been up in arms about the origins of Frosty all week. :)) Seriously, good report. thanks


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

When I was little Drummer Boy was my favorite - Carol the Bells is my grown up fav:) I loved the history in the songs!


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Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

I love Christmas Carols and who knew the history of them. This was a really interesting hub!

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