Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Hot weather Xmas tunes

A hot wind off the desert sways the palm trees but does little to cool the air, which has been baking all day.
Conjures up images of SANTA CLAUS and reindeer, right?
Well, it did for somebody.
GENE AUTRY'S "HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS" was written on a hot July night in 1947, with the songwriters gathered around a swimming pool in the Hollywood Hills.
It's just one of several examples of CHRISTMAS songs that were penned during hot weather.
I'm intrigued by the concept, because these are the songs we associate with snow and cold and holidays. Not palm trees.
Here are two other examples:
* "SLEIGH RIDE" by LEROY ANDERSON was written by the Boston Pops composer and arranger in the middle of a heatwave in July 1946.
* IRVING BERLIN reportedly wrote "WHITE CHRISTMAS" during a sweltering night in Banning, Calif., in 1940.
Can you think of any other examples of hot-weather Christmas songs?


Blogger New to OV said...

"All I want for Christmas is a Real Good Tan" by Kenny Chesney

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