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1941: “White Christmas”, Bing Crosby & Irving Berlin

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On this day in 1941, Bing Crosby sang “White Christmas” for the first time in his weekly NBC radio program, “The Kraft Music Hall”.      A year later, he recorded the song and it became a standard and rather popular during the war years.    It is still one of the most popular songs of the season.

I found the story of the song composed by Irving Berlin rather amazing.   Let me share this with you about Berlin, the immigrant Russian Jewish songwriter:   

Though he did not celebrate Christmas, it was a day that held special meaning to Berlin, who had spent each Christmas Day visiting the grave of his late son, Irving Berlin, Jr., who died at just 3 weeks old on December 25, 1928.

As Jody Rosen has suggested about a beloved song of great emotional complexity, “The kind of deep secret of [“White Christmas”] may be that it was Berlin responding in some way to his melancholy about the death of his son.”

And that’s the story of this song.     Amazing.    Merry Christmas.


Written by scantojr

December 25, 2016 at 3:47 pm

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