The song of the day for Wednesday, December 19, 2018, is “White Christmas.”
Today is the sixth day of The Twelve Days of a Tony Bennett Christmas.
About This Song
Irving Berlin wrote “White Christmas” in 1940 and it 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
Tony Bennett recorded this version of “White Christmas” in 1987 for his album featuring songs written by Irving Berlin: Bennett/Berlin. Dexter Gordon is the tenor saxophone soloist for this recording.
White Christmas, a song by Tony Bennett on Spotify
“White Christmas,” as well as Bennett/Berlin, is available from iTunes.