As Christmas draws nearer we continue our series on the world’s most beloved Christmas songs. Today we look at another of the traditional Christmas favorites recently released on Karaoke Cloud, Silver Bells!
Considered by many to be one of the more melodically pleasing Christmas carols, the origins of Silver Bells are actually somewhat comedic. Composed by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, the song was originally titled “Tinkle Bells.” Yup, you read that right; “tinkle.” Thankfully, the title was changed quickly when composer Jay Livingston’s wife pointed out the fact that the word “tinkle” was a popular slang word used by kids to refer to…um, well, urinating.
Silver Bells was first preformed in 1950 by the iconic comedian Bob Hope, along with actress Marilyn Maxwell, in the movie “The Lemon Drop Kid.” Before the movie’s release, however, the first studio recording of the song, performed by Bing Crosby and Carol Richards and released by Decca Records, became extremely popular. This prompted producers to call back Hope and Maxwell in order to re-shoot the Silver Bells scene, making it a more elaborate production.
Regardless of which version of the song you prefer there is no denying the fact that it has become ingrained in American pop culture as one of the Christmas season’s top songs. You can enjoy it for free with KaraokeOnVEVO and even record and share your own performance with friends using our new mobile app Sing-N-Share, also free!
Merry Christmas, friends!