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Pop Rewind: “The Christmas Song”

For this week’s rewind, we’re going to rewind a loooong way…back to 1944, when Mel Torme first penned what we now call “The Christmas Song.” (Back then, it was titled, “Chestnuts Roasting On an Open Fire.”) Interestingly, Torme didn’t set out to write a Christmas song; by his account, it was mid-July, and he was just writing down mental images to try and keep cool (“Jack Frost nipping at your nose”, etc.).

What came out of that experience one of America’s all-time favorite Christmas classics, covered by everyone from Judy Garland to Daffy Duck. I dare you to try and get through a Christmas season without hearing this one covered by multiple artists.

I’ve included two versions of the song below: one by Nat King Cole (who first recorded the song in 1946 and made it famous), and a more recent performance by the great Tony Bennett. I included Bennett’s performance because in his mid-‘80’s (and once again at the height of popularity), he’s just about as timeless as “The Christmas Song” itself. This is pure opinion, but in my view, Tony Bennett is the consummate “pop star.” Enjoy!


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About the Author


Tim Ferrar's interest in pop and rock started as a child, listening to Top-40 radio for hours on end while playing air guitar in his bedroom. Eventually air guitar led to electric guitar, and Tim began playing in bands and writing his own songs. With an admitted weakness for "a great hook or a great guitar riff," Tim's musical tastes are broad and varied, ranging from Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga on the pop side to Bon Jovi and Foo Fighters on the rock side- making him the ideal guy to cover our Rock and Pop categories. By day, Tim is a mild-mannered accountant in Chicago. By night, he rocks out on electric guitar in a cover band in various clubs around town- much to the surprise of some of his clients.

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