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White Christmas (in July)
“Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings,
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
As a general rule, I start thinking about Christmas every June. Here it is July, and this year has been no exception! Of course, it didn't hurt that the gals at church are planning a "Christmas in August Brunch and Creative Activities" for the 9th!
BONUS #1 - White Christmas - Bing Crosby and Martha Mears, Clip from Holiday Inn, 1942
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIVI4cE9PPo - White Christmas - Bing Crosby, First Clip from White Christmas, 1954
BONUS #3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7S-IidmcSN8 - White Christmas - Bing Crosby, Second Clip from White Christmas, 1954
|"White Christmas" is an
Irving Berlin song reminiscing about an
old-fashioned Christmas setting. According to the
Guinness Book of World Records, the version sung by
Bing Crosby is the
single of all time, with estimated sales in excess of 50 million
Accounts vary as to when and where Berlin wrote the song. One story is that he wrote it in 1940, poolside at the Biltmore hotel in Phoenix, Arizona. He often stayed up all night writing — he 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!"
The first public performance of the song was by Bing Crosby, on his NBC radio show The Kraft Music Hall on Christmas Day, 1941; the recording is not believed to have survived. He subsequently recorded the song with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra and the Ken Darby Singers for Decca Records in just 18 minutes on May 29, 1942, and it was released on July 30 as part of an album of six 78-rpm songs from the film Holiday Inn. At first, Crosby did not see anything special about the song. He just said "I don't think we have any problems with that one, Irving."
The song initially performed poorly and was overshadowed by the film's first hit song: "Be Careful, It's my Heart". By the end of October 1942, however, "White Christmas" topped the "Your Hit Parade" chart. It remained in that position until well into the new year. (It has often been noted that the mix of melancholy — "just like the ones I used to know" — with comforting images of home — "where the treetops glisten" — resonated especially strongly with listeners during World War II. The Armed Forces Network was flooded with requests for the song.)
In 1942 alone, Crosby's recording spent eleven weeks on top of the Billboard charts. The original version also hit number one on the Harlem Hit Parade for three weeks, Crosby's first-ever appearance on the black-oriented chart. Re-released by Decca, the single returned to the #1 spot during the holiday seasons of 1945 and 1946 (on the chart dated January 4, 1947), thus becoming the only single with three separate runs at the top of the U.S. charts. The recording became a chart perennial, reappearing annually on the pop chart twenty separate times before Billboard magazine created a distinct Christmas chart for seasonal releases.
Following its prominence in the musical Holiday Inn, the composition won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1942. In the film, Bing Crosby sings "White Christmas" as a duet with actress Marjorie Reynolds, though her voice was dubbed by Martha Mears. This now-familiar scene was not the moviemakers' initial plan; in the script as originally conceived, Reynolds, not Crosby, was to sing the song.
The version of "White Christmas" most often heard today is not the original 1942 Crosby recording, as the master had become damaged due to frequent use. Crosby re-recorded the track on March 18, 1947, accompanied again by the Trotter Orchestra and the Darby Singers, with every effort made to reproduce the original recording session. There are subtle differences in the orchestration, most notably the addition of a celesta and flutes to brighten up the introduction.
Crosby was dismissive of his role in the song's success, saying later that "a jackdaw with a cleft palate could have sung it successfully." But Crosby was associated with it for the rest of his career. Another Crosby vehicle — the 1954 musical White Christmas — was the highest-grossing film of 1954...
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Birthday today to Raymond Ellenson ('63) AND
Harry Horace (Crystal River
HS, FL - '65) of FL AND
My Granddaughter (by My Children of
Mansfield of TX!
Happy Birthday this week to:
30 - Don Chaney ('66) of FL AND My Daughter, Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL) of NC AND My Granddaughter, Claire Harty, of CA;
02 - Roy Parrish ('61) of CA AND Eddie Beasley ('64) of Panama AND the late Sandra Tilles Snyder ('65) (deceased 03/11/99)!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
800 YEARS AGO TODAY:
100 YEARS AGO TODAY:
THIS DAY IN WWII:
THIS DAY IN 1964:
From Paul's Niece, Celesta, of MO - 07/26/14 - "And so it begins...":
|July 26: the first time I
hear a Christmas song mentioned in a commercial and it is one for Miller
That's lovely! Thanks, Celesta!
From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 07/18/14 - "Mother's empty chair":
http://www.frommyheart2u.com/moms/mothersemptychair/ - Mother's
Thank you, Haul Party!
From My Friend, Evelyn Dudzinski Griffis (Mars Hill HS, PA - '75) of NY -07/25/14 - "Friendly Reminder":
SO TRUE! Thanks, Evelyn!
From My Friend, Katrina, of UT -07/25/14 - "Healing":
AMEN! Thank you, Katrina!
From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 07/22/14 - "Maxine (#5 in a series of 11)":
CHRISTMAS IN JULY
CHRISTMAS IN JULY
CROSS STITCH PATTERNS:
BONUS CHRISTMAS IN JULY RECIPES:
Christmas in July - "Dreaming
of snow, Santa and Christmas-y comfort food in all this heat? Yep, while
visions of sugarplums (what are those, anyway?) aren’t exactly dancing
in our heads, we’d love some festive fare so we can at least pretend the
temperature is bearable. As our gift to you, we’ve compiled a summery
take on some traditional holiday eats. Enjoy!"
http://www.theholidayspot.com/christmas_in_july/recipes.htm - Recipes for Christmas in July - "Christmas in July recipes and summer party recipes put together for special get togethers and jam session."
http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/collections/christmas+in+july - Christmas in July - "If you tend to skip the traditional Christmas meals from the northern hemisphere in December because of our summer heat (in Australia), there is no need to miss out completely. Celebrate Christmas in July and indulge in roasts and puddings this month instead!"
DATES TO REMEMBER:
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Words and Music by
Irving Berlin (11 May
1888 – 22 Sept 1989), 1940
The sun is shining
The grass is green
The orange and palm trees sway.
I've never seen such a day
In Beverly Hills, LA.
But it's December the 24th
And I am longing to be up North.
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 every Christmas card I write.
May your days be merry and bright.
And may all your Christmases be white.
"White Christmas" midi courtesy of http://www.eadcentral.com/go/1/1/0/http://archive.cs.uu.nl/pub/MIDI/SONGS/CHRISTMAS/ - 07/27/09
"White Christmas" lyrics courtesy of http://www.lyrics007.com/Bing%20Crosby%20Lyrics/White%20Christmas%20Lyrics.html - 07/27/09
Image of White Christmas CD cover courtesy of http://www.musicforgifts.com/Christmas/white%20christmas.htm - 07/27/09
Snowflake Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.iconbazaar.com/holidays/christmas/banners/index.html - 12/27/07
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of
American School Logo courtesy of http://www.americanschoolofcorr.com/grads.asp - 09/05/06
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Animated Laughing Elephant courtesy of Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA -
Crying Baby clip art courtesy of http://www.barbspics.com/baby/babypage06index.html - 09/28/05 (resaved 02/27/09)
Animated Laughing Cat courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/29/08
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