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Other Holiday Songs Recorded By Bing Crosby

"White Christmas" was Bing's biggest holiday recording, but it was not his only one. Bing recorded more than 70 songs that fit in with the Christmas holiday season beginning in 1935 when Jack Kapp, the head of Decca, suggested that Bing record "Adeste Fidelis" and "Silent Night," Bing was reluctant, saying he did not want to record sacred tunes for commercial gain. Eventually Bing consented to recording them, after arrangements were made to donate the profits to charities.

Here is a list of Bing's winter holiday recordings. The numbers beside each recording refer to the compact discs at the bottom of the page.

1 9 3 5

  • Silent Night (recorded for private charitable distribution) (4)
  • Adeste Fidelis (4) Silent Night (4, 12)

1 9 4 2

  • Happy Holiday (4,10)
  • I've Got Plenty to be Thankful for (10)
  • White Christmas (4,12)
  • Adeste Fidelis (1,2,4,12)
  • Faith of our Fathers (1,2,5)
  • God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (1,2,4,5)
  • Let's Start the New Year Right (4,10)

1 9 4 3

  • Jingle Bells (with the Andrews Sisters) (1,4,5,13)
  • Santa Claus is Coming to Town (with the Andrews Sisters) (1,4,5,13)
  • I’ll Be Home For Christmas (1,2,4,5,12)
  • Going My Way (11)

1 9 4 5

  • Ave Maria from The Bells of Saint Mary’s (4,11)
  • The Happy Prince (narrative)
  • The Sweetest Story Ever Told

1 9 4 7

  • White Christmas (1,2,4,5,10)
  • Silent Night (1,2,4,5,11)
  • The Christmas Song (2,3,4,5)
  • Oh Fir Tree Dark (2,3,4)
  • The Small One (narrative)

1 9 4 9

  • Twelve Days of Christmas (w Andrews Sisters) (3,4,5,13)
  • Here Comes Santa Claus (w Andrews Sisters) (3,4,5,13)
  • The First Noel (2,3,4,5)
  • You're All I Want for Christmas (2,3,4,5)
  • Deck the Halls / Away in a Manger / I Saw Three Ships (2,3,4)
  • Good King Wenceslas / We Three Kings / Angels We Have Heard on High (2,3,4)

1 9 5 0

  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (3,4,5)
  • A Crosby Family Christmas -- Parts 1 and 2 (4)
  • That Christmas Feeling (3,4)
  • Poppa Santa Claus (w Andrews Sisters) (4,13)
  • Mele Kalikimaka (w Andrews Sisters) (1,4,13)
  • Silver Bells (w Carole Richards) (1,4,5)
  • Marshmallow World (4)
  • Looks Like a Cold, Cold Winter (4)

1 9 5 1

  • Christmas in Killarney (1,2,4)
  • It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (1,2,4,5)

1 9 5 2

  • Sleigh Ride (4,5)
  • Little Jack Frost Get Lost (w Peggy Lee) (4)
  • Sleigh Bell Serenade (4,5)

1 9 5 4

  • White Christmas (w Danny Kaye, Peggy Lee, Trudy Stevens) (4,9)
  • Snow (w Danny Kaye, Peggy Lee, Trudy Stevens) (4,9)

1 9 5 5

  • Christmas is a Comin' (3,4)
  • Is Christmas Only a Tree? (3,4)
  • The First Snowfall (4)
  • A Christmas Sing with Bing [CBS radio broadcast released on LP]

1 9 5 6

  • I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day (3,4,5)

1 9 5 7

  • How Lovely is Christmas (16)

1 9 5 8

  • Say One For Me
  • The Secret of Christmas J
  • ust What I Wanted for Christmas

1 9 6 2

  • Winter Wonderland (6)
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (6,7)
  • What Child is This? (6,7)
  • The Holly and the Ivy (6,7)
  • The Little Drummer Boy (6,7)
  • Holy Night (6,7)
  • The Littlest Angel (6)
  • Let it Snow! (6,7)
  • Hark the Herald Angels Sing (6,7)
  • It Came Upon a Midnight Clear (6,7)
  • Frosty the Snowman (6) I Wish You a Merry Christmas (6,7)
  • Pat-a-Pan (6, 7)
  • While Shepherds Watched their Sheep (6,7)

1 9 6 3

  • Christmas Dinner Country Style (6,7)
  • Do You Hear What I Hear? (6,7)

1 9 6 4

  • It's Christmas Time Again (w Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians) (14)
  • Go Tell It On the Mountain (w Frank Sinatra and Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians) (14, 15)
  • The Secret of Christmas (w Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians) (14)
  • Christmas Candles (w Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians) (14)
  • We Wish You the Merriest (w Frank Sinatra and Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians) (14, 15)

1 9 6 5

  • The White World of Winter

1 9 7 0

  • A Time to Be Jolly (8)
  • I Sing Noel (8)
  • Round and Round the Christmas Tree (8)
  • The First Family of Christmas (8)
  • The Song of Christmas (8)
  • A Christmas Toast (8)
  • And the Bells Rang (8)
  • Christmas Is (8)
  • When You Trim Your Christmas Tree (8)
  • Christmas is Here to Stay (8)

1 9 7 3

  • Christmas Star

1 9 7 7

  • Peace on Earth / The Little Drummer Boy (w David Bowie) (5,6)
  • On the Very First Day of the Year Sleigh Ride

Now on Compact Disc:

(1) Merry Christmas / White Christmas (MCAD-31143)
(2) Bing Crosby Sings Christmas Songs (MCAD-5765)
(3) That Christmas Feeling (MCAD-20819)
(4) The Voice of Christmas (MCAD 11840)
(5) Christmas with Bing Crosby (Telstar TCD 2468 MCPS)
(6) Bing Crosby's Christmas Classics (Capitol 72435-21433-2-0)
(7) Christmas with Bing (Cema S21-56619)
(8) Bing Crosby Christmas Album (PolyGram 314 520 211-2)
(9) Irving Berlin's White Christmas (MCA MCLD 19191)
(10) Holiday Inn (MCAD-25205)
(11) Swinging on a Star (MCAD-31367)
(12) Bing, His Legendary Years (MCAD4-10887)
(13) Merry Christmas with Bing and the Andrews Sisters (MCA)
(14) Harry Lillis: Take a Longer Look (HLYCD-002)
(15) The Sinatra Christmas Album (Reprise 9 45743-2)
(16) How Lovely is Christmas (Christmas 2000)


Merry Christmas

Bing's best-selling album and the best-selling Christmas album of all-time is "Merry Christmas," a collection of holiday recordings originally released as an album of five 78rpm records in 1945 (Decca A-403). This set included the original 1942 recording of "White Christmas," as well as "Silent Night," "Adeste Fideles," "Let's Start the New Year Right," "I'll Be Home For Christmas," "Danny Boy," "Faith of Our Fathers," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "Jingle Bells" and "Santa Claus is Comin to Town."

The album was reissued on four 78rpm discs (A-550) in 1947 (photo top left) with Bing's 1947 re-recording of White Christmas and without "Danny Boy" and "Let's Start the New Year Right."

In 1949 "Merry Christmas" was released as a 10-inch 33 rpm long-playing record (LP) with the same eight songs and cover (DL-5019). In 1951 Decca gave the LP a new cover (photo right) but no change in content. In 1955 the 12-inch LP (DL-8128) made its debut with four additional songs ("Christmas in Killarney," "It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas," "Mele Kalikimaka" and "Silver Bells").

In 1986 "Merry Christmas" was transferred to compact disc and included these same 12 songs. In 1998, following the release of the double-CD "Bing Crosby, The Voice of Christmas," MCA changed the name of the "Merry Christmas" album to "White Christmas" but kept the contents unchanged.

"Merry Christmas" entered the "Billboard Top 40" five times, beginning in 1957, when it held the No. 1 position for a week during the holiday season. In 1958 the album rose to No. 2; in 1959 it reached No. 17; in 1960 No. 9; and in 1962 it reached No. 22. The RIAA awarded Bing a belated gold disc for "Merry Christmas" in 1970.

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Christmas is a wonderful, cheerful holiday.  Whether we spend it by a real tree or some Balsam Hill artificial Christmas trees, at the end of the day what matters is that we enjoy our time together with our loved ones. 

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