White Christmas (song)

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"White Christmas" is a Christmas carol about an old-fashioned Christmas setting. It mixes sadness and comforts of home. The version sung by Bing Crosby is said to be the world's best-selling single.[1]

The song has been covered and performed by artists including Jo Stafford, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Bette Midler. It has sold over 150 million copies.

The original version was released in 1942.

Irving Berlin's opening verse is often dropped in many recordings. However, the opening verse is included on Barbra Streisand, Darlene Love and The Carpenters' Christmas studio albums.

The opening verse has the lyrics:

  • The sun is shining, the grass is green,
  • The orange and palm trees sway.
  • There's never been such a day
  • in Beverly Hills, L.A.
  • But it's December the twenty-fourth,—
  • And I am longing to be up North

References[change | change source]

  1. "Christmas Comes Early with Irving Berlin's 'White Christmas'". Peoria Journal Star. Retrieved July 7, 2017.