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.”
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. “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.”