On the 4th day of a Tony Bennett Christmas, the song of the day for Thursday, December 17, 2020, is “White Christmas.”
About This Song
Irving Berlin wrote “White Christmas” in 1940. 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 Bennett/Berlin. The recording features Dexter Gordon on tenor sax.
“White Christmas,” as well as Bennett/Berlin, is available from Apple Music.