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The Christmas Song

Lyrics ,Music:Bob Wells ,Mel Tormé

The song was publishe 1944.

According to Tormé, the song was written during a blistering hot summer.
In an effort to "stay cool by thinking cool",
the most-performed (according to BMI) Christmas song was born.
"I saw a spiral pad on his (Wells') piano with four lines written in pencil",
Tormé recalled.
"They started, 'Chestnuts roasting..., Jack Frost nipping..., Yuletide carols...,
Folks dressed up like Eskimos.'
Bob didn't think he was writing a song lyric.
He said he thought if he could immerse himself in winter he could cool off.
Forty minutes later that song was written.
I wrote all the music and some of the lyrics."

The Nat King Cole Trio first recorded the song early in 1946.
At Cole's behest– and over the objections of his label,
Capitol Records– a second recording was made later the same year
utilizing a small string section,
this version becoming a massive hit on both the pop and R&B charts.
Cole again recorded the song in 1953,
using the same arrangement with a full orchestra arranged
and conducted by Nelson Riddle, and once more in 1961,
in a stereophonic version with orchestra conducted by Ralph Carmichael.
Cole's 1961 version is generally regarded as definitive,
and in 2004 was the most-loved seasonal song with
women aged 30–49,while the original 1946 recording
was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1974.

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire
Jack Frost nipping at your nose
Yuletide carols being sung by a choir
And folks dressed up like Eskimos

Everybody knows a turkey and some
Mistletoe help to make the season bright
Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow
Will find it hard to sleep tonight

They know that Santa’s on his way
He's loaded lots of toys and goodies
On his sleigh
And every mother's
Child is gonna spy to see if
Reindeer really know how to fly

And so, I'm offering this
Simple phrase to kids from
One to ninety-two
Altho' it's been said many times
Many ways
“Merry Christmas to you”

Nat “King” Cole(The Christmas Song)
Nat “King” Cole

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Toni Braxton

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Mel Torme, Keith Lockhart, Cincinnati Sinfonietta

Whitney Houston(The Christmas Song)
Whitney Houston

Nat “King” Cole

Michael Bublé

Toni Braxton

Mel Tormé

Whitney Houston

Diana Krall

Celine Dion

"When you hear music, after it's over, it's gone in the air.
You can never capture it again. "

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