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A Merry Little Christmas

Posted in Music with tags , on December 24, 2009 by franksinatratribute

Nancy and Frank at Christmas

Along with The  Christmas Song and White Christmas, one of the most popular Christmas songs of all time is Frank Sinatra’s recording of  Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, originally introduced in 1944 by Judy Garland in the movie musical Meet Me In St. Louis

The song was about to undergo some changes in 1957, as Frank was putting together a Christmas album.  He liked the song but considered the  lyrics somewhat depressing, especially for an album called A Jolly Christmas.  So before he would record it, he influenced the songwriter Hugh Martin to alter the lyrics.  For example, the line that declared that this Christmas “may be your last” and “next year we may all be living in the past” became “let your heart be light, next year all our troubles will be out of sight”.  And with a few more changes, the song made it onto Frank’s Christmas album.  And it was that revised version that ended up as the most familiar version to audiences worldwide, recorded by almost every major vocalist over the years.

Oddly enough, the brightened-up Sinatra version found its way into a setting that would have to be considered pretty depressing, when it was used during a war movie called  The Victors, starring George Hamilton, George Peppard and Eli Wallach.  One segment of the film concerns Eddie Slovik, the only U.S. deserter executed during World War II.  And the Sinatra recording of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas is heard during the execution scene. 

Merry Christmas from the Frank Sinatra Tribute Blog and Frank Sinatra Tribute Show website.