5 Ostensibly Fascinating Facts About 5 Famous Christmas Songs
Have you ever been listening to Christmas music and found yourself wondering, "Say, how did this song come about in the first place?" You haven't? Well, tough, because we have. In fact, we've done it enough times that we decided to put together a piece exploring the origins of some of our favorite Yuletide faves.
1. When Donny Hathaway wrote “This Christmas” with Nadine McKinnor, Jerry Butler initially scoffed at the idea that anyone would even care about the song.
2. When The Eagles released their cover of Charles Brown’s “Please Come Home for Christmas” in 1978, it went on to be the first Christmas song to hit the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 in a decade and a half.
3. Although the Drifters’ version of “White Christmas” was only a minor hit on the pop charts (#80 on the Billboard Hot 100, it later earned pop culture immortality through its use in Home Alone.
4. There’s an undeniable tone of melancholy to the song “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” but the original lyrics were so miserable that the original singer, Judy Garland, refused to sing the song until they were changed.
5. “The Christmas Song” was written in the summer of 1945, on the hottest day of the year, as a way for Bob Wells and Mel Tormé to try and psych themselves into cooling off.