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From the Pinelands series. By Paul Goldfinger © 2013

From the Pinelands series. By Paul Goldfinger © 2013.  (reposted 12/17/13)

SHE and HIM:  “The Christmas Waltz”

Editor’s note:   I enjoyed this Wikipedia account regarding the writing of this song.

The Christmas Waltz” is a Christmas song that was written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne for Frank Sinatra, who recorded it in 1954 as the B-sideof a new recording of “White Christmas,” in 1957 for his album A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra, and in 1968 for The Sinatra Family Wish You a Merry Christmas.

Cahn recalls, “One day during a very hot spell in Los Angeles the phone rang and it was Jule Styne to say, ‘Frank wants a Christmas song.'” Cahn resisted, explaining that any notion of attempting a holiday hit so closely on the heels of Irving Berlin’s hugely successful “White Christmas” was “ridiculous”,but Styne was emphatic. “‘Frank wants a Christmas song.'”[4]

The two met in Styne’s apartment to begin work on the project, and Cahn asked the composer, “‘Hey, Jule, has there ever been a Christmas waltz?’ He said no. I said, ‘Play that waltz of yours.’ He did so,” and Cahn began work on the lyrics of “The Christmas Waltz”, which many other artists have also recorded.”

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