Today on “Days to Remember” I wanted to write about a Christmas tunes that we love and share during the holiday season called, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” but who wrote this infamous tune?
The song was first published in 1943 with lyrics by Ralph Blane and music by Hugh Martin. The song brought comfort to many American soldiers who were fighting overseas during World War II.
James Taylor recorded his version using the original, more melancholy lyrics, shortly before September 11, 2001 and scheduled to be released the following spring.
After the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, Taylor and his friends agreed to release the song prior to Christmas.
Taylor’s version with the original lyrics captured the appropriate mood for that Christmas season.
Today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name, Michelle Bell, gives an idea when the song was first played for the public in the movie called, “Meet Me in Saint Louis,” starring Judy Garland and Margret Obrien.
Who was Hugh Martin?
Hugh Martin was an American musical theater and film composer, arranger, vocal coach, and playwright. He was best known for his score for the 1944 MGM musical Meet Me In St. Louis, in which Judy Garland sang three Martin songs, “The Boy Next Door,” “The Trolley Song,” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”
The last of these has become a Christmas season standard in the United States and around the English-speaking world. Martin became a close friend of Garland and was her accompanist at many of her concert performances in the 1950s, including her appearances at the Palace Theater.
Since Ralph Blane wrote the lyrics for the song called, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” who was Ralph Blane?
Ralph Blane was born in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma on July 26, 1914. After studying music with Estell Liebling and attending Northwestern University, Blane moved to New York where he appeared as a vocalist in the Broadway Musical Horray for What?
And then as one-fourth of a vocal quartet The Martins, which he formulated with his close friend Hugh Martin. He and The Martins would go on to perform in several night clubs and appear on Fred Allen’s radio show.
By but far, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” has a reaching your heart and mind, to put you that place where Christmas should be, because Christmas is just not another day, but a state of mind.
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