Today on “Days to Remember” we celebrate the holiday song called, “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” but who wrote this infamous song?
“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” is a song written by Frank Loesser in 1944.
It is a call and response duet in which one of the singers (usually performed by a male voice) attempts to convince a guest (usually performed by a female voice) that they should stay together for a romantic evening because the weather is cold and the trip home would be difficult.
When Loesser wrote the duet in 1944 and premiered the song with his wife, Lynn Garland, at their Navarro Hotel housewarming party, and performed it toward the end of the evening, signifying to guests that it was nearly time to end the party.
Frank would introduce himself as the “Evil of Two Loessers”, a play on the theme of the song, trying to keep the girl from leaving. Garland considered it “their song” and was furious when Loesser sold the song to MGM.
Today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name Margriet Andrews brings to you the song called, “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” sung by Bing Crosby and Doris Day.
One of the classic Tin Pan Alley duets, this has become a holiday favorite, but it was originally a party song by Frank Loesser (composer of Guys and Dolls and many other musicals) that he and his wife (who co-produced The Most Happy Fella which Loesser wrote as well as other shows) wrote to sing.
The song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song that year. In 1958, Mae West and Rock Hudson performed it in a steamy duet at the ceremony.
This song is a point-counterpoint between a man and a woman, each with very clear goals: she wants to go home, he wants her to stay. In the end, it’s not clear what happens, as they join together to sing the chorus.
To keep it from sounding predatory, the female voice in the song is usually a strong one, making it clear that it is her decision.
I think it’s a lovely song and sets you in the mood for Christmas right away, even though it doesn’t mention Christmas at all in the song.
Wishing you crisp and magical Christmas as we reminisce about the old songs we still here today around Christmas time.
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