OCTOBER 2016: The Christmas Song

Keith Galliher Jr. Music added 6 new photos to the album: “The Christmas Song” — at Studio at the Palms.
Published by Keith Galliher · October 11 at 12:28pm ·

“This is the artwork for this year’s Christmas song appropriately titled, ‘The Christmas Song’.

There are two versions. Disc 1 is the version of full backup and arrangement.
Disc 2 is simply me and the piano.
The CD package is being printed as we speak. We should be able to mail out this song early next week.
What do you think of the artwork?
Please post your reviews on this page after you have heard the songs.”

The Christmas Song sung by Keith Galliher, Jr.

The Christmas Song sung by Keith Galliher, Jr.





















Who Wrote,’The Christmas Song? Where and why was it written? Who originally sang it?

The reason for these questions is that the answers to them are both interesting and surprising. As the story goes, one “blistering hot summer” in Palm Springs, California, a well known lyricist, Bob Wells jotted down some phrases on a pad of paper to keep cool. When his colleague, Mel Torme, stopped by, he noticed Well’s notes . . . and a song was born. To quote from Wikipedia:

“‘The Christmas Song’ (commonly subtitled ‘Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire’ or, as it was originally subtitled, ‘Merry Christmas to You’) is a classic Christmas song written in 1945 by Bob Wells and Mel Tormé.

“According to Tormé, the song was written during a blistering hot summer. In an effort to “stay cool by thinking cool”, the most-performed (according to BMI) Christmas song was born.[1] “I saw a spiral pad on his (Wells’) piano with four lines written in pencil”, Tormé recalled. “They started, ‘Chestnuts roasting…, Jack Frost nipping…, Yuletide carols…, Folks dressed up like Eskimos.’ Bob didn’t think he was writing a song lyric. He said he thought if he could immerse himself in winter he could cool off. Forty minutes later that song was written. I wrote all the music and some of the lyrics.”

Notes about Bob Wells on Wikipedia
Notes about Mel Torme on Wikipedia
Notes about Nat ‘King’ Cole on Wikipedia

About Alison D. Gilbert

I am a retired entrepreneur who has followed my passions in ART and DESIGN | FOOD and HEALING | SOCIAL MEDIA and SOCIAL ISSUES for over 30 years. In addition to these continued interests, my latest passions are MUSIC and MOVIES. As a result of this, I am immersed in learning as much as I can about music, primarily American Music from the 1920's through the 1970's, and sharing the joys I am finding in it with others. The Imperials Plus Records Blog & Website is an expression of this new discovery and my desire to share the pleasure it is giving me and may provide to so many other people. In addition, I have numerous social media venues about my original passions and these new interests. Please feel free to visit by going to my blog and website, www.alisondgilbert.com

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