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Baby it’s cold outside was never a christmas song
Ha, this song comes up often this time of year, but it's not a Christmas song, just a song about cold weather, and trying to get some "naughty time", which was pretty racy for the 1940's. There is an interesting history behind the song. The song writer, Frank Loesser, wrote it in 1944 to be performed with his wife, Lynn Garland. During the 1940’s ,at Hollywood parties, it was expected for performers to perform if they were invited to a party. The premise of the song is a wolf and mouse call and answer. Typically the female is the mouse, but if you watch the clip below they do it both ways.
The phrase "say what's in this drink" was a common term of the time, implying that bad decisions were made from drinking, much as they are today. The song was meant to be tongue in check at the time, but by today’s standards has a very predatory vibe. Good girls didn't spend the night with their boyfriends back in the day and this song tries to convince her otherwise. Oh the silly people from the 1940s and their "innocent songs." tee -hee.
Watch the video; it is a performance of the song by Ricardo Montalban and Esther Williams(a personal favorite actress) and Red Skelton and Betty Garrett, from Neptune’s Daughter. The song won an Academy Award for this film. Regardless of the origins of the song or the predatory vibe, it’s a holiday classic that has been recorded by hundreds of artists.
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Did you know that your favorite Christmas songs were probably written by a Jewish person. That’s right, non-Christians are responsible for your toe-tapping Christmas ditty’s and we should all be thankful! Here’s a list in no particular order:
White Christmas-Irving Berlin (You knew this one already, I hope.)
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer-Johnny Marks (Best known by Gene Autry.)
Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree-Johnny Marks (Brenda Lee was only 13 when she recorded this.)
Holly Jolly Christmas-Johnny Marks
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)-Robert Wells&Mel Torme
Let it Snow, Let it Snow-Sammy Kahn and Jule Styne(stage names) (Best known by Dean Martin.)
It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year-Edward Pola and George Wyle (You know it by Andy Williams-not Jewish.)
Santa Baby-Joan Javits and Philip Springer-(Hello, Eartha Kitt!)
Silver Bells-Jay Livingston and Ray Evans (Bing Crosby-duh!)
It’s a wonderful holiday and time of year the Christmas Season, and I am thankful for these songs as they evoke wonderful memories and put me in the Christmas mood. Thank you to these song writers for giving us these songs.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and because there are many other celebrations this time of year, Happy Holidays as well.
We don’t just make these facts up at GGM, we do get them from sources. Click the learn more button for more about the talented writers behind these great songs.
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