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Dec 13

Music Notes: Little-known facts about Irving Berlin's White Christmas

Posted to Off the Beaten Shelf on December 13, 2017 at 6:17 PM by Elizabeth Land

LP cover for White Christmas by Irving BerlinNow that the holiday season is upon us, we've been listening to a lot of seasonal music. We even created a featured display of our Christmas music collection at both libraries. But with the recent snow, we only thought it appropriate to explore some little-known facts behind one of our favorite Christmas songs.
White Christmas 
  • "White Christmas" was one of 1,500 songs written by Jewish songwriter Irving Berlin. It was conceived by Berlin on the set of the film "Top Hat" in 1935. The story goes that Berlin shouted to his musical secretary, Helmy Kresa: "Grab your pen and take down this song. It's the best song I ever wrote. Hell, it's the best song anybody ever wrote."

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