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Songs of the Season: Silver Bells

A contemporary Christmas classic – with city streets instead of woods and lanes, Salvation Army bell ringers outside department stores rather than sleigh bells jingling. First presented in 1950 in both a movie, sung by Bob Hope, and on record, sung by his frequent film partner, Bing Crosby. Crosby would record it a number of additional times – here’s one of those versions:

Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney, “Silver Bells”

Here’s what Wikipedia has to say:

Silver Bells is a classic Christmas song, composed by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans. The lyric is unusual for a Christmas song in that it describes the festival in the city and not a rural setting.

Silver Bells was first performed by Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell in the motion picture The Lemon Drop Kid, filmed in July-August 1950 but released in March 1951. The first recorded version was by Bing Crosby and Carol Richards, released in October 1950. After the Crosby and Richards recording became popular, Hope and Maxwell were called back in late 1950 to refilm a more elaborate production of the song. (via Wikipedia.)

And here’s a few more versions:

Stevie Wonder, “Silver Bells” – on A Motown Christmas Carol and The Best of Stevie Wonder – The Christmas Collection: 20th Century Masters

Mahalia Jackson, “Silver Bells” – from Christmas With Mahalia

Elvis Presley

and finally by the aural egg nog, Johnny Mathis

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is an over-caffeinated and under-employed grad school dropout, aspiring leftwing intellectual and cultural studies academic, cinéaste, and former poet. Raised in San Francisco on classic film, radical politics, burritos and soul music, then set loose upon the world. He spends his time in coffee shops with his laptop and headphones, caffeinating and trying to construct a post-whatever life.

 

What's in a name... The handle "zerode" is a contraction of Zéro de Conduite, the title of Jean Vigo's 1933 movie masterpiece about schoolboy rebellion.

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