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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 I'm happy to report that this year has been no exception!
BONUS #1 - White Christmas - Bing Crosby, First Clip from White Christmas, 1954
BONUS #2 - 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
My Granddaughter (by My Children of
Mansfield of TX!
Happy Birthday this week to:
30 - The Best Dressed Girl in the Class of 1966, Don Chaney of FL AND My Daughter, Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL) of CA AND My Granddaughter, Claire Harty, of CA;
01 - The late Bette Lee Heath ('57) (d. 08/01/12) AND My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC AND Betty Burton Gary ('65) of VA AND My Granddaughter, Ashlee Huber, of Alberta (currently serving an LDS mission in the Tennessee Nashville Mission);
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
THIS DAY IN 1969:
July 27, 1969 - Wrestler and actor Triple H was born Paul Michael Levesque in Nashua, New Hampshire.
July 27, 1969 - Cricketer and coach Jonty Rhodes was born Jonathan Neil Rhodes in Pietermaritzburg, Natal Province, South Africa.
|“A soft heart has nothing
to do with being a coward. In fact, the bravest people I've known have
had the softest hearts.”
Henry B. Eyring
Thanks so much, Susan!
From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 06/02/18:
From Jimmy Hines ('64) of VA - 07/26/19, 8:55 AM:
That reminds me...
From Me ('65) of NC - 07/26/19:
|GIGGLES! Thanks, Cousin Jim!|
“A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore!”
(12 May 1925 - 22 Sept 2015)
BONUS CHRISTMAS IN JULY CRAFT PATTERNS:
BONUS CHRISTMAS IN JULY CROCHET PATTERNS:
BONUS CHRISTMAS IN JULY CROSS STITCH PATTERNS:
BONUS CHRISTMAS IN JULY KNIT PATTERNS:
BONUS CHRISTMAS IN JULY RECIPES:
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol
Words and Music by
Irving Berlin (11 May
1888 – 22 Sept 1989), 1940
The sun is shining
"WhiteChristmas" 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
Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah
Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
American School Logo courtesy of http://www.americanschoolofcorr.com/grads.asp - 09/05/06
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still
Cold Lake High School (Alberta) logo courtesy of http://coldlakehighschool.ca/ - 09/11/17
image courtesy of Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 06/04/04
Animated Dancing Oldsters clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA -
Animated Waving Santa Smiley courtesy of Ruth Ann Reece
Horace ('67) of FL - 10/25/17
Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of https://tearsfromalonelygod.wordpress.com/2009/10/08/a-drop-in-the-bucket/ - 05/23/16
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