"The Christmas Song"

December 24, 2017

"The Christmas Song"

commonly subtitled "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire"

or as it was originally subtitled "Merry Christmas to You"

was written in 1945

by Bob Wells 

and Mel Tormé

The first recording was made by The King Cole Trio

recorded at WMCA Radio Studios in New York City

on June 14, 1946

featuring Nat King Cole, vocal-pianist

Oscar Moore, guitarist

Johnny Miller, bassist

The second recording

was made by The King Cole Trio with a String Choir

at WMCA Radio Studios in New York City

on August 19, 1946

featuring Nat King Cole, vocal-pianist

Oscar Moore, guitarist

Johnny Miller, bassist

Charles Randolph Grean, conductor

of 4 string players, a harpist, and a drummer

The third recording

the song's first magnetic tape recording

was made at Capitol Studios in Hollywood

on August 24, 1953

featuring The King Cole Trio with String Choir

Nat King Cole, vocal

Buddy Cole, pianist

John Collins, guitarist

Charlie Harris, bassist

Nelson Riddle, orchestra conductor

The fourth recording was made recorded at Capitol Studios

in New York City on March 30, 1961

This rendition was the first recorded in stereo

and is widely played on radio stations

during the Christmas season

and has become the most popular/familiar version

featuring Nat King Cole, vocal

Charles Grean and Pete Rugolo, orchestration

Ralph Carmichael, orchestra conductor

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