December 10th Celebrates The Song Called Do You Hear What I Hear?
Today on “Days to Remember” I wanted to write about Christmas tunes that we love and share during the holiday season.
Remember the tune, “Do you hear what I hear?”
It may sound sort like a schizophrenic song but it was written in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis. If you read the lyrics with any care it becomes obvious that the imagery is about missiles not Christmas.
Who wrote the song?
The song was written by, Noël Regney and music by Gloria Shayne Baker.
The pair, married at the time, wrote it as a plea for peace during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Regney had been invited by a record producer to write a Christmas song, but he was hesitant due to the commercialism of the Christmas holiday. It has sold tens of millions of copies and has been covered by hundreds of artists.
Today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name, Nice Halal Big Wac, presents Johnny Mathis singing the song called, “Do You Hear What I Hear?”
“Do You Hear What I Hear?” was released shortly after Thanksgiving in 1962.
The song was originally recorded by the Harry Simeone Chorale, a group which had also popularized “The Little Drummer Boy”. It went on to sell more than a quarter-million copies during the 1962 Christmas holiday season.
Who was Noël Regney?
Noël Regney was a World War II veteran and French songwriter, composed the Christmas standard “Do You Hear What I Hear?” with his then-wife Gloria Shayne Baker in 1962.
Originally from Alsace, France, he moved to New York City and then eventually Connecticut, where he lived out the remainder of his life.
He was born Léon Schlienger in Strasbourg, Alsace, France. Léon Schlienger, written backwards, is Noël Regnei.
As an Alsatian, he spoke the German dialect Alsatian as fluently as French. It is said that he soon deserted, joined a group of French Resistance fighters, and became a double agent working for the French.
He led a party of Nazis into an ambush, was shot in the arm, but survived. Eventually, while touring the USA, accompanying Lucienne Boyer, contemporary of Édith Piaf, he met his first wife pianist /composer Gloria Shayne with whom in 1962, he composed the famous Christmas song “Do You Hear What I Hear?”
If you hear me or not, today’s story gives you a little insight on how this well known Christmas song became what is known today.
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