Silver Bells

The bell motif continues here at First Draft. I’m not ringing any: we have Cassandra for that. Good post, pal.

I’m on the record as not liking most holiday fare but Silver Bells is one of my favorite Christmas songs. It even puts pep in my step when I contemplate the holidays. Not a bad thing at all.

Silver Bells was written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans for the 1950 Bob Hope vehicle The Lemon Drop Kid.

We begin with Hope’s buddy Bing Crosby who was the first to record Silver Bells:

After Crosby’s Silver Bells was a huge hit, the producers of The Lemon Drop Kid shot an extended version of the scene featuring the song. Originally, it was sung by William Frawley of I Love Lucy and My Three Sons fame.

There are scads of traditional versions, lemme lay a little soul on ya:

We move from soul to country with the late Loretta Lynn.

Let’s pay a visit to New Orleans for an R&B Silver Bells by the late, great Johnny Adams:

The holidays are supposed to be a time for peace on earth and harmony. Nobody sang harmonies better than The Roches. It’s that family singing thing.

Finally, my favorite version of this week’s song. Dwight Yoakam with a Tejano-style reimagining of Silver Bells.

What would the Friday Cocktail Hour be without instrumental versions of the week’s tune? This time, the guitar stylings of Chet Atkins and the Ventures.

That’s it for this week. I propose a toast to everyone impacted by the recent tornadic activity in New Orleans. It’s what David and Bing would want. Never argue with them.