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My Favorite Christmas Songs 2021 #4

“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, Frank Sinatra, 1957

From the “A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra” album, Ol’ Blue Eyes knocks this standard out of the park.

TRIVIA: “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” was written by Hugh Martin for the movie “Meet Me In St. Louis” starring Judy Garland. Some of the original lyrics were rewritten because they were found to be overly depressing. “Let your heart be light / Next year all our troubles will be out of sight” was originally “It may be your last / Next year we may all be living in the past.”

In 1957, Sinatra asked Martin to revise the line “Until then we’ll have to muddle through somehow.” He told Martin, “The name of my album is A Jolly Christmas. Do you think you could jolly up that line for me?” The line became “Hang a shining star upon the highest bough.” Sinatra’s version is also in the present tense.

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My Favorite Christmas Songs 2018 #5

Here Comes Santa Claus, Elvis Presley, 1957

Another of Gene Autry’s holiday classics, he was inspired to write it after hearing crowds chant: “Here Comes Santa Claus!” during a Christmas parade he was participating in.  Elvis Presley puts his own spin on the tune, which is of course, his.

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