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White Christmas

You’re listening to “White Christmas” sung by Bing Crosby. The song “White Christmas” was originally written in the 1930s by Irving (Israel) Berlin. The song premiered on Christmas Eve in 1941 as sung by Bing Crosby. During this time, 18 days had passed since Pearl Harbor. The slow-paced song hit home to many families who were feeling the tragedy of the recent events. This song was also played many times for those fighting in WWII as a reminder of home.

Bing Crosby who first premiered “White Christmas” in 1941 and later recorded the song in 1942 for a movie, originally wanted the song cut out of the movie “Holiday Inn” in order to not bring down the spirits of the soldiers, but the song came to be the best selling song of all time. “White Christmas” contains tone and emotions that leaves no question as to why it is the best selling Christmas song over 70 years later.

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