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The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) (No Backing Vocals) by Edvis

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Edvis 62

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The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) (No Backing Vocals)

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Christina Aguilera

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Here I am to save the day......................................

THE CHRISTMAS SONG by Edvis. (Any consideration for a HOF Nomination is greatly appreciated)


“The Christmas Song”, commonly subtitled “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire“ or “Merry Christmas to You”, is a classic Christmas song written in 1944 by vocalist Mel Tormé and Bob Wells. According to Tormé, 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.

“I saw a spiral pad on his piano with four lines written in pencil,” Tormé recalled. “They started, ‘Chestnuts roasting ... Jack Frost nipping ... Yuletide carols ... Folks dressed up like Eskimos.’ Bob (Wells, co-writer) didn’t think he was writing a song lyric. He said he thought if he could immerse himself in winter he could cool off. Forty minutes later that song was written. I wrote all the music and some of the lyrics.”

The Nat King Cole Trio first recorded the song early in 1946. At Cole’s behest — and over the objections of his label, Capitol Records — a second recording was made the same year utilizing a small string section, this version becoming a massive hit on both the pop and R&B charts. Cole re-recorded the song in 1953, using the same arrangement with a full orchestra arranged and conducted by Nelson Riddle, and once more in 1961, in a stereophonic version with orchestra conducted by Ralph Carmichael. The latter recording is generally regarded as definitive and continues to receive considerable radio airplay each holiday season, while Cole’s original 1946 recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1974. Mel Tormé himself eventually recorded his own versions in 1954 and again in 1965 and 1992.
The Nat King Cole recordings
First recording: Recorded at WMCA Radio Studios, New York City, June 14, 1946. Not issued until 1989 on the album Billboard Greatest Christmas Hits (1935-1954) Rhino R1 70637(LP) / R2 70637(CD). The King Cole Trio: Nat King Cole, vocal-pianist; Oscar Moore, guitarist; Johnny Miller, bassist.

Second recording: Recorded at WMCA Radio Studios, New York City, August 19, 1946. First record issue. Label credit: The King Cole Trio with String Choir (Nat King Cole, vocal-pianist, Oscar Moore, guitarist; Johnny Miller, bassist; Charlie Grean, conductor of 4 string players, a harpist and a drummer) Lacquer disc master #981. Issued November 1946 as Capitol 311(78rpm). This is featured on a CD called The Holiday Album which has 1940s Christmas songs recorded by Cole and Bing Crosby. In 2005 Capitol restored and re-released it for the 24 bit re-mastered Cole album "The Christmas Song" which also contains tracks from his 1960 and 1963 holiday albums.

Third recording: Recorded at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, August 24, 1953. This was the song’s first magnetic tape recording. Label credit: The King Cole Trio with String Choir (Actual artists: Nat King Cole, vocal; Nelson Riddle, orchestra conductor) Master #11726, take 11. Issued November 1953 as the “new” Capitol 90036(78rpm) / F90036(45rpm) (Capitol first issued 90036 in 1950 with the second recording). Correct label credit issued on October 18, 1954 as Capitol 2955(78rpm) / F2955(45rpm). Label credit: Nat “King” Cole with Orchestra Conducted by Nelson Riddle. This recording was issued on the 1990 CD Cole, Christmas and Kids. Its also issued on Casey Kasem Presents All Time Christmas Favorites

Fourth recording: Recorded at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, March 30, 1961. This rendition, the first recorded in stereo, is widely played on radio stations during the Christmas season, and is probably the most famous version of this song. Label credit: Nat King Cole (Nat King Cole, vocal; Charles Grean & Pete Rugolo, orchestration; Ralph Carmichael, orchestra conductor). The instrumental arrangement is nearly identical with the 1953 version, but the vocals are much deeper and more focused. Originally done for The Nat King Cole Story (a 1961 LP devoted to stereo re-recordings of Cole’s earlier hits), this recording was later appended to a reissue of Cole’s 1960 holiday album The Magic of Christmas. Retitled The Christmas Song, the album was issued in 1963 as Capitol W-1967(mono) / SW-1967(stereo) and today is in print on compact disc. This recording of “The Christmas Song” is also available on half a dozen compilation albums. Some are Capitol pop standards Christmas compilations while others are broader-based. It’s available on WCBS-FM’s Ultimate Christmas Album Volume 3, for example.
Covers
In addition to the Cole and Tormé recordings, “The Christmas Song” has been covered by numerous artists, including the following:

’N Sync
98 Degrees
Aaliyah
Aaron Neville
Aimee Mann
Air Supply
Al Jarreau
Alex Chilton
Alexander O’Neal
Amy Grant
Andy Williams
Anne Sofie von Otter
Anthony Callea
Aretha Franklin
Ashanti
Babyface
Barbra Streisand
Billy Crystal, whose 1985 comedy version (released on a 45 rpm vinyl single) featured him impersonating various characters including Joe Franklin, Sammy Davis Jr., Muhammad Ali and Howard Cosell
Billy Gilman (off the album Classic Christmas)
Bing Crosby (including a duet with Frank Sinatra)
BoA
Bob Dylan
Bonnie Pink
Brian McKnight
Catherine Feeny
Céline Dion
Paul Byrom on I’ll Be Home For Christmas
Celtic Woman (sung by Lisa Kelly)
Charice Pempengco
Charlie Daniels
Charlotte Church
Chicago
Chris Botti
Chris Brown
Chris Isaak
Christina Aguilera (off the album My Kind of Christmas)
D-A-D
Damien Leith
Daniel Selby
Daryl Hall & John Oates
Dave Matthews Band - for Maybe This Christmas Too?
Demi Lovato
Des O'Connor on a Tesco Christmas advert
Dexter Gordon
Diana Krall
Diane Schuur
Doc Severinsen (flugelhorn instrumental, recorded for the 1990 Erich Kunzel Christmas album, Christmas With The Pops)
Donna Summer
Doris Day
Dwight Yoakam
Ella Fitzgerald
Elliott Yamin
Engelbert Humperdinck
Frank Sinatra (including a virtual duet with Nat King Cole and an actual duet with Bing Crosby)
Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons
George Strait
Glen Campbell
Kane
Good Night, States
Hampton String Quartet
Hayley Westenra
Henry Mancini
Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
Hootie & the Blowfish
Jaci Velasquez
Jack Jones
Jack Teagarden
Jackie Gleason
James
James Brown on "Christmas" Polygram Records, Inc. 1994 compilation
James Taylor
Jasmine Trias
Jerry Vale
Jessica Simpson
Jillian Hall
Jimmy Smith
Jo Stafford
John Denver
John Rutter and the Cambridge Singers
Johnny Mathis
Josh Groban
Judy Garland (performed live on her television show as a duet with Mel Tormé, December 1963)
Kate Smith
Kathleen Battle with Andre Previn, for A Carnegie Hall Christmas Concert
Kenny Burrell
Kenny G
Kenny Loggins
Kenny Rogers
Kimberley Locke
Korn
Lea Salonga
Lena Horne
Les Paul
Linda Eder
Linda Ronstadt
Lou Rawls
Luther Vandross
Mannheim Steamroller
Martina McBride
Mary J. Blige (on the Today show)
Maureen McGovern
Michael Bolton
Michael Buble
Mindy Smith
Natalie Cole (as a solo and a virtual duet with her father, Nat King Cole)
New Found Glory
New Kids on the Block
Nicola Rozzini
Nicole C. Mullen (as a duet with her father, Napoleon Coleman Jr.)
Nina (Soul Siren)
Oslø telescopic
Paul Horgan
Peggy Lee
Percy Faith
Perry Como
Play
R. Tanner Bivens
Raven-Symoné(Christina Pearman) (an unreleased single from a limited-edition promotional Hollywood Records holiday sampler)
Ray Charles
Ray Conniff
Robert Goulet
Sarah Connor
Sheryl Crow
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
Stacie Orrico
Steve Tyrell
Stevie Wonder (including a duet with India.Arie)
Tamia
Taylor Horn
Teresa Carpio
The Carpenters
The Duprees
The Jackson 5
The Lettermen
The Manhattan Transfer
The Supremes
The Swingle Singers
The Temptations
Tiffany Evans
Toby Keith
Toni Braxton
Tony Bennett (with and without the Manhattan Transfer)
Tony DeSare on Erich Kunzel’s Christmastime is Here
Trey Songz
Trisha Yearwood
Twisted Sister
Vanessa Hudgens
Victor Wooten
Vince Gill
Vince Guaraldi
Weezer
Whitney Houston
Wynonna Judd

Parodies
The title of The Simpsons’ episode "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" is a parody of the song.
Bob Rivers parodied the song with his 2000 composition "Chipmunks Roasting on an Open Fire".
Stan Freberg's "Green Chri$tma$" includes several snippets of holiday songs. One segment begins with a sincere-sounding "Chestnuts roasting..." and quickly segués into a mock 1950s radio or TV ad, for a brand of chestnuts, being described as if they were toothpaste or cigarettes.
Edvis. HOF?


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music_angel7777

Comment by music_angel7777

a very nice sing of this song, Loved the listen, **********s Hugsss,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Rhonda

AngLEVEL 34

Comment by Ang

totally awesome..you know where this is goin:) hof

hugs
ang

Rene_OldiesLEVEL 32

Comment by Rene_Oldies

Super! Singin' Sounds Great Beautiful Rendition Nicely Done! Thank You For Sharing *****5***** René

SaraelizabethLEVEL 28

Comment by Saraelizabeth

Awesome singing Edvis......I really enjoyed listening...********hugs

mtboy

Comment by mtboy

awesome singing here this is awesomeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee im loving it 5st cyw*************************
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simplyirresistibleLEVEL 62

Comment by simplyirresistibleGOLD

Gr8 version of this song...You are doing an awesome job singing it, Edvis
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I enjoyed listening.
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5 *****

singingsister57LEVEL 105

Comment by singingsister57SNAP-STAR

My girl had her 7th child April 14. Theodore and Mommy are doing fine. I love this grandma gig!

cool. I never heard this version. Talk about a remix. lol Good job.

EdvisLEVEL 62

Comment by EdvisGOLD

Here I am to save the day......................................

Phantom & Angela have both Nominated this song for the HOF. Thanks Edvis

2 HOF Nominations so far.


EdvisLEVEL 62

Comment by EdvisGOLD

Here I am to save the day......................................

WingsonearthLEVEL 66

Comment by WingsonearthGOLD

Hi:)

WingsonearthLEVEL 66

Comment by WingsonearthGOLD

Hi there my Friend:)
this was just beautiful, great sing and song:)
Awesome:)*************** on the way to you:
Hugs Gertie:) Thank you for scharing:)
Merry Christmas to you:)

WingsonearthLEVEL 66

Comment by WingsonearthGOLD

(((((((((((((((((((( Hof )))))))))))))))))))))):)

EdvisLEVEL 62

Comment by EdvisGOLD

Here I am to save the day......................................

EdvisLEVEL 62

Comment by EdvisGOLD

Here I am to save the day......................................

EdvisLEVEL 62

Comment by EdvisGOLD

Here I am to save the day......................................

M-a-r-e

Comment by M-a-r-e

I like this - a LOT!! What a great, fast, interesting beat! Well done Edvis.

EdvisLEVEL 62

Comment by EdvisGOLD

Here I am to save the day......................................

EdvisLEVEL 62

Comment by EdvisGOLD

Here I am to save the day......................................

slipnot

Comment by slipnotGOLD

Taking a break .. not enjoying the new setup..

Enjoyed my listen Edvis....nice 1...........Arlene

Johnny6T9LEVEL 78

Comment by Johnny6T9GOLD

My Vote is in Edvis!!!...Awesome version of this great song!...hmmm..gonna try this one myself !!!...Happy day and thanks for ur great comment on my latest song!..apperciate the HOF nomination! :)).....High five!!!,...Johnny!