Christmas Songs with a Color in the Title
It is very interesting that some of our favorite Christmas songs have colors in their titles. It is also amazing that some of the colors just so happen to be colors associated with Christmas. How many of them can you name?
Everybody loves White Christmas that has been sung by many different artists since it was first written by Irving Berlin in 1942. The version sung by Bing Crosby is the world's best-selling single with estimated sales of more than 50 million copies worldwide, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
Berlin's song is a simple one about Christmas that took a lot of imagination to write. Berlin was sitting by the pool on a hot summer day at the Biltmore hotel in Phoenix, Arizona when he was inspired to write the masterpiece.
He was so excited about the song that he called to his told his secretary, "Grab your pen and take down this song. I just wrote the best song I've ever written — heck, I just wrote the best song that anybody's ever written!" Berlin was confident that his song would become a hit, and it did.
Close to a hundred artists have recorded White Christmas. However, the one by Bing Crosby stands out among all of them.
Silver Bells has been a classic Christmas song since Jay Livingston and Ray Evans composed it in the 1950s. Many artists have recorded the song since then.
Bing Crosby and Carol Richards were the first to record Silver Bells that was released to the public in October 1950 by Decca Records.
Some people think the inspiration for the song came from the bells used by the Salvation Army bell ringers on New York City street corners. However, Ray Evans said the inspiration came from a bell that sat on the desk that he and his co-writer shared.
Usually, Christmas songs are uplifting because of the holiday season. However, Blue Christmas is a song about a broken heart because of unrequited love during the holidays. Even so, it had long been considered a Christmas favorite of country music. It was written by Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson and first recorded by Doye O'Dell in 1948. The song was popularized by Ernest Tubb the following year.
Most of us know the version of Blue Christmas that was sung by Elvis Presley in his signature style in 1957 and released as a single for the first time in 1964. There have been more than 65 recorded versions of the country song.
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"
Rudolph the Red-Reindeer was never intended to be a song. It was first a story in a book written by Robert L. May in 1939 as a promotion for Montgomery Ward. In the first year, 2.4 million copies of May's book were distributed by the retailer.
May's brother-in-law, Johnny Marks, put the story of Rudolph into a song. It was first sung commercially by Harry Brannon on New York City radio in early November 1949. Gene Autry released it on November 25, 1949 and since then Rudolph has been a favorite Christmas song.
It is interesting that Bing Crosby recorded all of these songs with color except "Blue Christmas."