Today on, “Days to Remember,” we celebrate the holiday song called, “Holly Jolly Christmas,” who wrote this infamous song?
“A Holly Jolly Christmas” was written by Johnny Marks in the early 1960s and featured in the 1964 Rankin-Bass Christmas special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, in which Burl Ives voiced the narrator, Sam the Snowman.
Originally to be sung by Larry D. Mann as Yukon Cornelius, the song, as well as “Silver and Gold,” was given to Ives due to his singing fame.
Johnny Marks although he was Jewish specialized in Christmas songs and wrote many holiday standards, including “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” and “A Holly Jolly Christmas.”
Today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name, Christmas Music is Burl Ives singing, “Have A Holly Jolly Christmas.”
Who was Johnny Marks?
His career in carols all started when he wrote “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” in 1949. The song was based on a poem that was written by his brother-in-law, Robert L. May, for the Montgomery Ward Company. The song was also his biggest hit, selling a total of 25 million copies, making the album the best selling record of all time up until the 1980s.
In the 1964 movie Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Burl Ives sings the infamous song in the movie.
I wanted to share some interesting facts with you about the movie that was made in 1964 for television.
Did you know the reindeer Rudolph was actually created for Montgomery Ward’s department store by employee Robert May in 1939 as part of an advertising campaign for the movie?
Although the Rudolph puppet which still exists appears to be about three feet tall when viewed on screen, it’s only an illusion: in reality, “Rudolph” is palm-sized approximately the same size as a very small kitten.
The Santa puppet is 8″ tall. Young Rudolph is only 4″ tall. Rudolph’s nose really lights. The puppets are made from wood, wire, and fabric, and are quite fragile. The Japanese company that handled animation made several copies of each puppet, since they didn’t last long under the constant handling of stop-motion posing. None of these copies are known to exist.
The black and white live action footage at the beginning of the show presumably portrays the bad snowstorm mentioned late in the story. Since the cars in the footage are of mid-to-late 1950s the decade vintage apparently the story in 1964 takes a special place in the recent past. However, the newspaper in that footage shows the date, of Christmas Eve, to be precise, 12-24-1964, (Thursday, December 24th, 1964).
What a story it was and even today, of course in today’s standards it looks a little hokey, but as remember the nostalgic times of Christmas, we have remember Christmas is a state of mind not just another day on the calendar, as I wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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