07 December: Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters: Jingle Bells

Published December 07, 2019

I purposely try to avoid the most familiar Christmas recordings in this blog, so, for example, no 'Last Christmas' by Wham! or 'White Christmas' by Bing Crosby. But, by golly, with today's song I simply had to make an exception for Mr Crosby. This pairing with the Andrews Sisters on 'Jingle Bells' is just too good to be missed, and besides I'm not entirely certain to what extent it's heard today.

It was recorded and released in 1943, and was later included on Bing's classic Christmas album, of which there are many variations. The one pictured here, from 1955, is the one I'm familiar with.

As an aside, I was disappointed with the CD version of the album, which seems to be based on a "fake stereo" edition, with lots of superfluous echo added to every track (at least the version I've had access to). Fortunately, I was able to find 'Jingle Bells' on an Andrews Sisters compilation, as it originally sounded.

Which is exactly as it should be, as the Sisters (and, of course, Vic Schoen and his Orchestra) are the stars of this fab recording: the swing-o-meter just goes into the red. Go, Andrews Sisters!

Listen here.



This 1955 release is one of many variations of Bing Crosby's Christmas album.