On the eighth day of a Tony Bennett Christmas, Saturday, December 21, 2013, the song of the day is “White Christmas.”
About This Song
“White Christmas” was written by Irving Berlin in 1940 and is one of America’s most beloved Christmas songs. In the not-often heard verse of the song, we hear that “the sun is shining, the grass is green, the orange and palm trees sway, there’s never been such a day in Beverly Hills, L.A. But it’s December the 24 …” And indeed, Irving Berlin was in Los Angeles when he wrote “White Christmas,” expressing that longing for a traditional back-home Christmas. Bing Crosby recorded the song in 1942 and completely dominated the music charts for weeks. Crosby’s single of “White Christmas” is the biggest-selling single record of all time, worldwide, at over 100-million copies.
About This Version
Today’s version of “White Christmas” is from Tony Bennett’s 1968 album Snowfall.
“White Christmas,” as well as the album Snowfall, is available from iTunes.
And, as it’s YouTube Saturday, we hope you enjoy this video as much as we did. This is the jazz version from Tony Bennett’s 1987 album Bennett/Berlin, which features the great Dexter Gordon: