On the fifth day of The Twelve Days of a Tony Bennett Christmas, Monday, December 18, 2017, the song of the day is “The Christmas Song.”
About This Song
“The Christmas Song” was written in 1944 by Mel Tormé and Robert Wells. Sometimes known by its first line ‘Chestnuts roasting on an open fire,” this song was written on a very hot summer day and Tormé and Wells were trying to think cold Christmasy thoughts in an effort to cool off. The entire song was written forty minutes and is one of America’s most classic Christmas songs. The first recording was by Nat King Cole in 1946.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded The Christmas Song in 1967 for the album Snowfall, released in 1968. It was arranged and conducted by Robert Farnon.
“The Christmas Song,” as well as Snowfall, is available from iTunes.