This is the cover art for the 78 single White Christmas by the artist Bing Crosby. The cover art copyright is believed to belong to the label, Decca Records, or the graphic artist(s).

This is the cover art for the 78 single White Christmas by the artist Bing Crosby. The cover art copyright is believed to belong to the label, Decca Records, or the graphic artist(s).

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.

Picture sleeve of 1959 reissue by Decca Records (9-23778)

Picture sleeve of 1959 reissue by Decca Records (9-23778)

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.

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3 responses

  1. It is a warm, sentimental song. But timing is everything, isn’t it?

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  2. Birgit says:

    This is such a great song. It may be simple in its words and melody but it resonates and I think the men hearing this song in the foxhole must have given them some moments of reflection.

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  3. jazzfeathers says:

    There are songs that it’s nearly impossible to think they had indeed been recorded ‘for the first time’ not so long ago.
    Kind of weird 😉

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