Claire’s Christmas Cracker – 10 Things You Didn’t Know About These Christmas Songs!

Entering any Christmas pub quizzes this year? This little lot may well help you out…

White Christmas by Bing Crosby is not only the biggest selling Christmas single, it is the biggest selling single of all time!

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Happy Xmas (War Is Over) by John Lennon was first released in the USA in 1971 where it didn’t chart.  It only became successful (#4) when released for a second time in the UK a year later

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The song ‘The Twelve Days Of Christmas’ changes between a 3/4 and 4/4 time signature throughout.

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Jingle Bells was written in 1850 and has 4 verses.  It was originally written for Thanksgiving, not Christmas

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Noddy Holder wrote the lyrics for ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ in one draft after a night out drinking.

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The only Christmas number 1 hits by females are ‘I Will Always Love You’ by Whitney Houston, ‘A Moment Like This’ by Leona Lewis and ‘Hallelujah’ by Alexandra Burke.

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Mr Blobby (sorry to remind you!) was the first non-human to have a number 1 Christmas single (‘Mr Blobby’ in 1993) followed by Bob the Builder in 2000 (‘Can We Fix It’)

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The song ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day’ by Wizzard was recorded in August 1973.  “To create a wintry feeling, engineer Steve Brown decorated the studio with Christmas decorations and turned the air conditioning down to its coldest setting.”  The song was beaten to the number 1 spot by Slade’s ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ and reached #4.

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‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’ by Mariah Carey is the best ever selling Christmas ringtone.

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The lyrics to carol Silent Night (Stille Nacht) were written by an Austrian priest (Joseph Mohr) in 1816.  The melody was composed by an Austrian headmaster (Franz Xaver Gruber).  The version of the melody that is sung today differs slightly from the original.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Claire Batchelor, Composer for Television, Film, New Media, Theatre and Live

Claire Batchelor, Composer for Television, Film, New Media, Theatre and Live

 Facts from Wikipedia
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One Response to Claire’s Christmas Cracker – 10 Things You Didn’t Know About These Christmas Songs!

  1. Very good written story. It will be helpful to everyone who usess it, as well as yours truly :). Keep up the good work – i will definitely read more posts.

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