Nat King Cole Trio 1946

The Christmas Song
(Merry Christmas to You)

Written by vocalist Mel Torme and Bob Wells
Capitol 311 (78rpm).


The Christmas Song (1945), commonly referred to as Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire or Merry Christmas to You, is a classic Christmas song, written by vocalist Mel Torme nd Bob Wells. According to Torme the song was written during a blistering hot summer. In an effort to stay cool by thinking cool, the most-performed (according to BMI) Christmas song was born.

December 1945 the Nat King Cole Trio peaked in the Top Ten with the million-seller The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You) (music by Mel Torme, lyrics by Robert Wells), which became a perennial hit and is notable as the first instance in which Cole's vocal was backed by a string section as well as the trio. In 1974 the recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.


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The Christmas Song
(Merry Christmas To You)
©Nat King Cole Trio 1946
Capitol 311 (78rpm).

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