"Frosty the Snowman"
Song by Gene Autry & The Cass County Boys
Released December 14, 1950
Writer Jack Rollins and Steve Nelson
Single by Bing Crosby
Released1942, 1946, 1947, 1950, 1955, 1983
Let it Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!",
also known as "Let It Snow", is a song written by lyricist Sammy Cahn and composer Jule Styne in July 1945. It was written in Hollywood, California during one of the hottest days on record.
"Up on the House Top" is a Christmas
song written by Benjamin Hanby in 1864 in the town of New Paris, Ohio. . It has been recorded by a multitude of singers, among the most notable Gene Autry, who is also known for his version of the classic "Rudolph the Red-Nosed
Reindeer".According to William Studwell in The Christmas Carol Reader, "Up on the House Top" was the second-oldest secular Christmas song, outdone only by
"Jingle Bells", which was written in 1857 (although the latter was originally as a Thanksgiving song). It is also considered the first Yuletide song to focus primarily on Santa Claus. In fact, according to Readers Digest Merry Christmas Song Book Hanby was the first to offer up the idea that Santa and his sleigh land on the roof of homes. Benjamin Russell Hanby was born in 1833 near Rushville, Ohio, the son of a minister involved with the Underground Railroad. During his short life he wrote some 80 songs before dying of
tuberculosis in 1867. Other than "Up on the House Top" his best-known song is "Darling Nelly Gray".
The First Noel
In its current form it is of Cornish origin, and it was first published in Carols Ancient and Modern (1823) and Gilbert and Sandys Carols (1833), both of which were edited by William B. Sandys and arranged, edited and with extra lyrics written by Davies Gilbert Hymns and Carols of God. Today, it is usually performed in a four-part hymn arrangement by the English composer John Stainer, first published in his Carols, New and Old of 1871.[3 The melody is unusual among English folk melodies in that it consists of one musical phrase repeated twice, followed by a refrain
which is a variation on that phrase. All three phrases end on the third of the scale. It is thought to be a version of an earlier melody sung in a church gallery setting "The First O Well"; a conjectural reconstruction of this earlier
version can be found in the New Oxford Book of Carols.
It Came upon the Midnight Clear
This song has been included in many of the Christmas albums recorded by numerous singers (and many types of singers) in the modern era. For example, in 1965 Sergio Franchi covered this song in his Billboard Top 40 album The Heart of Christmas (Cuor' Di Natale). And Eric Burdon & The Animals recorded the song to the tune of their hit single THE HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN. In 2006, a recording of the song by Daryl Hall & John Oates hit number one on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart. Kutless also recorded it for WOW Christmas: Green (2005), Highway 101 from the album A Christmas Tradition (1987), Josh Groban in Noël (2007) and Anne Murray from the album What a Wonderful Christmas (2001). Royce Campbell
recorded the song on his CD, A Solo Guitar Christmas (2007).
Historical marker in Savannah, Georgia
"Jingle Bells" is one of the best-known and commonly sung
winter songs in the world. It was written by James Lord Pierpont (1822–1893) and
published under the title "One Horse Open Sleigh" in the autumn of 1857. Even
though it is commonly thought of as a Christmas song,
it was actually
originally written to be sung for