On the second day of a Tony Bennett Christmas, the song of the day for Tuesday, December 15, 2020, is “The Christmas Song.”
About This Song
“The Christmas Song” was written by Mel Tormé and Robert Wells in 1944. Sometimes known by its first line ‘Chestnuts roasting on an open fire,” this song was written on a very hot summer day. Tormé and Wells were trying to think cold Christmasy thoughts in an effort to cool off. The entire song was written forty minutes and is one of America’s most classic Christmas songs. The first recording was by Nat King Cole in 1946.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “The Christmas Song” in 1967; it was released the next year on the album Snowfall: The Tony Bennett Christmas Album. Robert Farnon conducted the orchestra and wrote the arrangement.
“The Christmas Song,” as well as Snowfall: The Tony Bennett Christmas Album, is available from Apple Music.