The Old School Animal Christmas Concerts 2008-Fernondo Lamas Performing
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‚ÄúThe Christmas Song‚ÄĚ is a classic Christmas song written in 1944 by vocalist Mel Torm√© and Bob Wells. According to Torm√©, the song was written during a blistering hot summer. In an effort to ‚Äústay cool by thinking cool,‚ÄĚ the most-performed (according to BMI) Christmas song was born.
‚ÄúI saw a spiral pad on his piano with four lines written in pencil,‚ÄĚ Torm√© recalled. ‚ÄúThey started, ‚ÄėChestnuts roasting ... Jack Frost nipping ... Yuletide carols ... Folks dressed up like Eskimos.‚Äô Bob (Wells, co-writer) didn‚Äôt think he was writing a song lyric. He said he thought if he could immerse himself in winter he could cool off. Forty minutes later that song was written. I wrote all the music and some of the lyrics.‚ÄĚ
The Nat King Cole Trio first recorded the song early in 1946.
The song is typically subtitled with its opening line (‚ÄúChestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire‚Äú); in some cases, most notably with Cole‚Äôs recordings, the song‚Äôs closing line (‚ÄúMerry Christmas to You‚ÄĚ) is used as a subtitle instead.