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Mele Kalikimaka
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The Littlest Angel
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It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
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The Song Of Christmas
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The First Noel
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You're All I Want For Christmas
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Jingle Bells
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The Secret Of Christmas
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Sleigh Ride
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Faith Of Our Fathers
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Here Comes Santa Claus
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Ave Maria
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I'll Be Home For Christmas
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We Wish You A Merry Christmas
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Let's Start The New Year Right
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Good King Wenceslas
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We Three Kings
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That Christmas Feeling
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Happy Holiday
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Joy To The World
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O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles)
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O Holy Night (Cantique De Noel)
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Christmas In Killarney
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Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)
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Deck The Halls
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Do You Hear What I Hear?
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God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
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The Bells Of St. Mary's
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Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Peggy Lee, Trudy Stevens - Snow
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Bing Crosby, The Andrews Sisters - The Twelve Days Of Christmas
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Bing Crosby, Buddy Cole, Judd Conlon's Rhythmaires - The First Snowfall
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Bing Crosby, The Andrews Sisters - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
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Bing Crosby, Ken Darby Singers - O Fir Tree Dark
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Bing Crosby, The Andrews Sisters - Poppa Santa Claus
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Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald - Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
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Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra - The Snowman
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Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald - Bing Crosby - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (John Beltran Remix)
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Bing Crosby, The Andrews Sisters - Jingle Bells
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Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra - O Little Town Of Bethlehem
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Bing Crosby, Carol Richards - Silver Bells
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Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra - The Christmas Song
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Bryn Terfel, Bing Crosby - White Christmas
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Danny Kaye, Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye - White Christmas
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Michael Buble, Bing Crosby - White Christmas
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Factfile - Bing Crosby
  • Written by Irving Berlin, White Christmas is the most recorded Christmas song of all time. Bing Crosby's version is the highest selling single worldwide of all time, selling 100 million copies - with at least half of those as singles. His version entered the US charts in 20 different years - another record.
  • Crosby's first Christmas album Merry Christmas (1945) went on to sell over 15 million copies - second only to Elvis’ Christmas Album in the chart of best selling Christmas albums of all time.
  • Crosby's 2 biggest selling singles were White Christmas and Silent Night (1970).
  • Crosby's most popular film was White Christmas, which was the most successful film of 1954.
  • On Crosby's last television appearance (a 1977 Christmas feature aired after his death) he recorded a famous duet with David Bowie - Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy.

While you could conceivably write a book about Bing Crosby and his contribution to Christmas it would probably start and end with 2 words, “White” and “Christmas”, for that is what we instantly associate the baritone crooner with. Bing first sang the Irving Berlin penned song on a radio show in 1941 but it was its inclusion on the soundtrack for ‘The Holiday Inn’ movie that cast the legend. As well as making number 1 in the US billboard charts ‘White Christmas’ also won ‘Best Original Song’ at the Oscars in 1942. To date ‘White Christmas’ has sold over 100 million copies making it the most popular song of all time which is not bad for a ditty with only 42 words that was recorded in 18 minutes! You can read more on the story behind the writing of the song here.

‘White Christmas’ was included on Bing’s 1945 Christmas LP ‘Merry Christmas’, originally released on several 78rpm discs before graduating to the LP and CD through the decades. The tracklisting may have been tinkered with over the years but ‘Merry Christmas’ (it is now called ‘White Christmas’ and sometimes comes with the tagline ‘where the blue of the night meets the gold of the day’) has never been out of print with the result that Bing’s first Christmas album is the second best-selling Christmas album of all time with only ‘Elvis’ Christmas Album’ outperforming it. As befits a festive release there are 12 songs on ‘White Christmas’ and for the most part (‘Jingle Bells’, ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’, ‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas’…) they are well known standards. But there are 2 unexpected recordings that don’t often make it onto holiday records, much less ones that sell millions of records. The first is ‘Christmas In Killarney’, a charming if typical dancing-at-the-crossroads Oirish number. The second offbeat choice is the thoroughly chirpy ‘Mele Kalikimaka’ (Hawaiian Christmas Song) and much like ‘Christmas In Killarney’ this is one that doesn’t make radio playlists at Christmas despite its obvious charm. 

‘Merry Christmas’ is probably the definitive collection of Bing Crosby Christmas songs but he released 6 other yuletide LP’s (and that’s before you even start thinking about the countless collections, best-ofs and greatest Christmas hit releases) and each one is worth investigating in its own right. A good 12 years after ‘Merry Christmas’ came 1957’s ‘How Lovely Is Christmas’ which was a storybook record with Bing narrating Christmas stories about Daniel Boone, Johnny Appleseed and Paul Bunyan. It proved certainly proved that a spoken word Bing sounded no less enthralling than his singing incarnation. A year later and Bing went into festive overdrive with the release of 2 Christmas albums. The first ‘A Christmas Sing With Bing Around The World’ was a recording of Bing’s 1955 Christmas Eve radio show (he did 8 in total running from 1955 to 1962) where he sang lots of yuletide favourites and read out letters from children all over the globe. The other Christmas album to come out in 1958 was a compilation of studio recordings from several sessions Crosby recorded in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. Called ‘That Christmas Feeling’ it featured the Andrew Sisters who Bing would collaborate with on many occasions. The album’s highlight is probably Bing’s magnetic take on Johnny Cash’s 'I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day'.

Throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s one the most eagerly awaited programmes each year was Bing Crosby’s TV Christmas Specials in which he invited the greatest musical stars of the day to sing duets with him as well as using the opportunity to give ‘White Christmas’ another airing. The most memorable of these specials was to be Bing’s last in 1977 when the then 74 year old was joined by a youthful David Bowie to sing ‘Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth’. Although the segment has been much derided, the dialogue between the two is a tad contrived it must be said, over the years the song has become a Christmas perennial. ‘Peace on Earth’ was tacked onto the piece after Bowie exposed his rock star alter ego in refusing to sing ‘Little Drummer Boy’ as he didn’t rate it. On such diva moments do spring brand new classics.

Bing’s 1962 Christmas album was called ‘I Wish You A Merry Christmas’ and as you’d expect it pitched up 12 classic renditions of ye olde Christmas favourites like ‘Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!’, ‘Winter Wonderland’ and ‘Frosty The Snowman’ as well a little known gem called 'Christmas Dinner Country Style'. His next collection arrived just 2 years later in 1964 and was a lavish affair with Frank Sinatra and bandleader Fred Waring and his orchestra, the Pennsylvanians, sharing the bill. Amongst the usual standards were grand orchestral but somehow obscure gems like ‘We Wish You The Merriest’. Bing’s next and final seasonal LP was not to arrive for another 7 years but it was worth the wait as ‘A Time To Be Jolly’ showed that the King of Christmas was still the best at recording an old-time fireside classic. There were delights aplenty with the title track and ‘And The Bells Ring’ offering enough evidence to suggest that beyond the dozen or so Bing songs we fall back on each year there at least a couple dozen more that are just as satisfying.

Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won`t make it "white".
Bing Crosby, 1961
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Bing Crosby Christmas Album & Single Covers

Bing Crosby 12 Songs Of Christmas
Bing Crosby A Christmas Sing With Bing Around The World
Bing Crosby A CrosbyChristmas
Bing Crosby Christmas Is A Comin
Bing Crosby David Bowie Little Drummer Boy
Bing Crosby How Lovely Is Christmas
Bing Crosby I Wish You A Merry Christmas
Bing Crosby Merry Christmas Volume 1
Bing Crosby Merry Christmas Volume 2
Bing Crosby Merry Christmas
Bing Crosby Selections From Irving Berlins White Christmas
Bing Crosby That Christmas Feeling
Bing Crosby White Christmas
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