Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
The song was written in 1943 for the then-upcoming film Meet Me in St. Louis. Frank Sinatra later recorded a version with modified lyrics. Doris Day, Doris Crosby, Bing Crosby, Ella Ella Fitzgerald, The Pretenders, James James and Luther Vandross have all recorded versions.
About Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas in brief
The song was written in 1943 for the then-upcoming film Meet Me in St. Louis. In a scene set on Christmas Eve, Judy Garland’s character, Esther, sings the song to cheer up her despondent five-year-old sister, Tootie. Frank Sinatra later recorded a version with modified lyrics. In 2007, ASCAP ranked it the third most performed Christmas song during the preceding five years that had been written by ASCAP members. In 1963, Sinatra’s third recording of the song, recorded for a compilation album of the same name, reached No. 27 on the Billboard charts. In 2001, Hugh Martin wrote an entirely new set of lyrics to the song with John Fricke. The song was recorded by gospel female vocalist Del Delker with Martin accompanying her on piano.
In 2002, NewSong lead singer Michael O’Brien noted the line \”through the years, we all will be together if the Lord allows,\” which was part of the original song, was purged and replaced with \”if the fates allow\” to remove religious reference when the song was released. The lyrics have been recorded with only slight variations by a number of artists, including Doris Day, Doris Crosby, Bing Crosby, Ella Ella Fitzgerald, The Pretenders, James James and Luther Vandross. In 2004 it finished at No. 76 in AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Songs rankings of the top tunes in American cinema. It was also released as a single by Decca Records, and became popular among United States troops serving in World War II.
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