On the first day of a Tony Bennett Christmas, Saturday December 14, 2013, the song of the day is “Winter Wonderland.”
About This Song
“Winter Wonderland” was written in 1934 by Felix Barnard, with lyrics by Richard B. Smith. Smith wrote this song after a snowfall covered his home town of Honesdale, Pennsylvania. It is, of course, a beloved holiday song, even though the lyrics do not explicitly mention Christmas.
About This Version
Today’s version of “Winter Wonderland” is from Tony Bennett’s 2008 album, A Swingin’ Christmas. This album features The Count Basie Big Band and it really does swing. The album was produced by Phil Ramone and features the quartet of Monty Alexander (piano), Gray Sargent (guitar), Paul Langosch (bass) and Harold Jones (drums).
And as the first day of a Tony Bennett Christmas coincides with YouTube Saturday, we’re pleased to present this video of Tony Bennett singing “Winter Wonderland” from the 2008 Christmas ceremonies at Rockefeller Center: