No need to check your calendar. I know it’s not Christmas time nor is it Christmas in July. On May 29, 1942, Bing Crosby along with the Ken Darby Singers and the John Scott Trotter Orchestra recorded White Christmas for Decca Records. It was released on July 30, 1942 as part of an album from the film Holiday Inn. Bing didn’t think the song was anything special and in fact it performed poorly when it was first released. By the end of 1942, White Christmas topped the “Your Hit Parade” chart. It became a special song for listeners during the Second World War and the Armed Forces Network was flooded with requests for the song.
When you hear the song today, it is not the original 1942 recording because the master became damaged from over use. Bing Crosby recorded the song again in 1947 with the same singers and orchestra and effort was made to reproduce it the same. There are subtle differences but still beloved. Bing Crosby would be associated with White Christmas for the rest of his career.