On the fourth day of a Tony Bennett Christmas, Tuesday, December 17, 2013, the song of the day is “The Christmas Song.”
About This Song
“The Christmas Song,” which is also known by “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire,” was written in 1944 by jazz singer and composer Mel Tormé with Bob Wells. Tormé tells the story that he and Wells were working on a very hot summer day and, in an effort to cool off, composed this song. This classic Christmas song was first recorded by Nat “King” Cole in 1946 and has been widely recorded ever since by many popular singers from all genres.
About This Version
Today’s song is from Tony Bennett’s extraordinary 1968 Christmas album, Snowfall. All the songs on the album were arranged and conducted by Robert Farnon. The music was supervised by Tony Tamburello; the album was produced by Jack Gold.