Jewish Christmas Songs – Fun Facts!
Some FUN FACTS that on this Holiday, the 25th of December, for those that observe and celebrate – the music that adds that special Merry in Merry Christmas.
DID YOU KNOW… The Christmas Music you have been hearing; a good amount of them were written by those that may or may not observed at all!
The Jewish Composers that wrote those beloved Christmas Songs you enjoyed hearing and sang along.
Enjoy! #jewishchristmas. : )
“The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” This song was written in 1945 by Mel Tormé (1925-1999) and Robert “Bob” Wells (born 1922) — both of whom are Jewish.
“Let It Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!” This song was written in 1945 by the Jewish songwriting team of lyricist Sammy Cahn (1913-1993) and composer Jule Styne (1905-1994).
“White Christmas” Irving Berlin’s, Jewish as most already knew, “White Christmas” is the major popular of Christmas songs. Who remembers the ending of the 1954 Movie ” “White Christmas” with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney (yes she is related to him), and Vera Ellen – singing this beautiful song during the dramatic ending of the movie. Haven’t seen it? Netflix it! Here is the ending from You Tube, but seeing the entire Movie is far better. You will be thrilled you did.
Composer, Johnny Marks (1909-1985), Jewish. He wrote three of the most popular Christmas songs of all time!
1. “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer”.
2. “A Holly Jolly Christmas” written in 1962″
3. “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree”
“Silver Bells” This song was written in 1951 for a Bob Hope movie. Jay Livingston, who wrote, composed the music, and Ray Evans (1915-2007), who wrote the lyrics, the words, were a famous Jewish songwriting team.
“l’ll Be Home For Christmas.” The Composer, Walter Kent, wrote the music, and Buck Ram, who co-wrote the lyrics with Kim Gannon, were all Jewish. “I’ll Be Home,” like “White Christmas,” was first sung by Bing Crosby all during World War II. These two songs became such a hit, it connected with many who were separated from their loved ones during the War and as we know today is a holiday classic. ( Very Nice, Very Heartwarming)
“O Holy Night” Placide Cappeau, a wine merchant in France, made a hobby of composing poetry. He teamed up with his Jewish friend and accomplished musician, Adolphe Adams, to set it to music.