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Dreaming of a White Christmas

Classical Academy | On This Day...

Did you know that Bing Crosby's rendition of "White Christmas" was the best-selling single in any musical category for more than fifty years? Irving Berlin's legendary Christmas hit first made its appearance in the 1942 film Holiday Inn. The song evoked some kind of nostalgia for home that captured the hearts and minds of its listeners.


Poet Carl Sandburg said "way down under his latest hit of his, Irving Berlin catches us where we love peace". Yet, it is interesting to note that the song has only eight sentences in the entire song. It is a pure example of minimal perfection - and of the ability of a song to trascend itself.


Here's a brilliant big band version of the classic hit to get you in the Christmas mood - why not sing along.