Today on “Days to Remember” I wanted to write about Christmas tunes that we love and share during the holiday season, which wasn’t exactly written on December 8th but is known as Jingle Bells.
Is “Jingle Bells” really a Christmas carol? The best evidence is that the song was composed for Thanksgiving, not Christmas.
“Jingle Bells” is one of the best-known and commonly sung American Christmas songs in the world. It was written by James Lord Pierpont (1822–1893) and published under the title “One Horse Open Sleigh” in the autumn of 1857.
It is an unsettled questions where and when James Lord Pierpont originally composed the song that would become known as “Jingle Bells”.
A plaque at 19 High Street in the center of Medford Square in Medford, Massachusetts commemorates the “birthplace” of “Jingle Bells,” and claims that Pierpont wrote the song there in 1850, at what was then the Simpson Tavern. According to the Medford Historical Society, the song was inspired by the town’s popular sleigh races during the 19th century.
Today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name, zoosh is Michael Buble singing Jingle Bells.
“Jingle Bells” was the first song broadcast from space, in a Christmas-themed prank by Gemini 6 astronauts Tom Stafford and Wally Schirra, while in space on December 16, 1965.
“Jingle Bells” has been performed and recorded by a wide variety of musical artists, including Louis Armstrong, The Beatles, The Chipmunks, Judy Collins, Nat King Cole (also using the melody at the end of his hit song “The Christmas Song”), Perry Como, Plácido Domingo, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Spike Jones, Barry Manilow, The Million Dollar Quartet (Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley), NSync, Luciano Pavarotti, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Frank Sinatra, Fats Waller and Yello, among many others.
The real story of Jingle Bells starts on the banks of the Mystic River in New England, just upstream from Boston, in Medford, Mass.
If you walk along High Street, and stop at Rosetti Optical, you’ll find a plaque, which reads Jingle Bells composed here.
The theory stems from the fact that when Pierpont’s first wife died, he moved to Savannah, married the mayor’s daughter, and became pastor at the church.
During a Thanksgiving service, he led the congregation in a rousing rendition of Jingle Bells. They loved it, and he performed it again a month later at Christmas.
Thus, Jingle Bells became a Christmas song Savannah’s Christmas song, as you hear the song during the Christmas holiday you now have a little idea how this traditional song came about, happy holidays to you!
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