November 29, 2012
Walter Brennan, 1894-1974, is primarily remembered as a television character actor. If you are a little older you may remember him as a three time Oscar winner in the Best Supporting Actor category. He also had an unlikely recording career as his first chart single came at the age of 66. He ultimately had four singles make the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart.
Just about everybody, it seems, released a version of “White Christmas.” Brennan’s recordings were always folksy in style and sometimes more spoken than sung. He released his “White Christmas in the early 1960s and it did not chart. Still, not bad for an older guy.
August 23, 2011
The 1955 Guinness Book Of World Records lists “White Christmas,” by Bing Crosby, as the biggest selling single of all time. It continues to list it in that position down to the present day. It has sold 50 million singles worldwide.
It reached the number one position on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Singles Chart on October 31, 1942. It remained in that position for 11 consecutive weeks, which included the first two of 1943.
It was a comforting Christmas song that first appearred in the movie HOLIDAY INN. It won the Oscar for best song. It reappeared in the 1954 movie, appropriately titled WHITE CHRISTMAS. It was sung by Bing Crosby both times.
When Berlin wrote the song he told his secretary that he had just composed the best song he had ever written and possibly the best song of all time.
It remains immediately recognizable today as it returns every holiday season.