Merry White Christmas Wishes!

posted Dec 23, 2017 by Kathy Pinna
First performed by Bing Crosby (on radio) on Christmas in 1941, Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" has become a classic. Bing Crosby's version of the song has sold over 100 million copies and all versions of it have sold over 150 million copies!

This is a clip from the 1942 film "Holiday Inn". It was the first time that the song appeared in a movie. Bing sings, of course (how can anyone imitate that voice!) but actress Marjorie Reynolds' voice is dubbed by Martha Mears. We hear this song every year at Christmas time and it never gets old. It must have been exceptionally nostalgic when it debuted during World War II.
Note: Composer and lyricist Irving Berlin was Jewish yet he wrote the iconic Christmas song. Born in Russia, he became an American citizen and wrote over 1500 songs - many of them patriotic, including "God Bless America" - and wrote the scores for 19 Broadway shows and 18 films. When he died in 1989 at the age of 101, he was one of America's greatest treasures. Another American composer, Jerome Kern, said of him: "Irving Berlin has no place in American music — he is American music."

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