On the Seventh Day of Tony Bennett Christmas, Thursday, December 20, 2012, the song of the day is Snowfall.
Snowfall was written in 1941 by the band leader Claude Thornhill. Although he started his orchestra as a dance band, his true jazz roots soon emerged, as evidenced by his association with Gil Evans who wrote many of the orchestrations for Thornhill. In 1942, while his band was doing very well, he enlisted in the Navy and toured the Pacific Theater with Jackie Cooper and Dennis Day. Upon returning to civilian life after the war, he reformed the band and introduced bebop to his style.
Snowfall has been recorded by many jazz performers, including Glenn Miller, George Shearing and the Manhattan Transfer.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded this song in 1968 for his first Christmas album, Snowfall. The album was arranged and conducted by Robert Farnon, with music supervision by Tony Tamburello.
The song Snowfall, as well as the entire album, is available from iTunes.