Ten Christmas Song Fun Facts
Y105 (KYBA-FM) is once again the area's official 'Christmas Music Station'!
Here are ten fun facts about a handful of Christmas song favorites.
*SILENT NIGHT is the Christmas song that's been recorded the most. Over 730 artists have recorded a copyrighted version of the song. 'JOY TO THE WORLD' is second and 'O HOLY NIGHT' is third.
*JINGLE BELLS was not intended to be a Christmas song. It was originally written as a song about Thanksgiving.
*The best-selling Christmas album of all time is still ELVIS' CHRISTMAS ALBUM. It's sold more than 10-million copies.
*Irving Berlin, the composer of WHITE CHRISTMAS must not have been an Elvis Presley fan. He disliked Presley's version of WHITE CHRISTMAS so much that he tried to get the song banned from radio in 1957.
*The Christmas song DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR was actually written as a plea for peace during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.
*When asked what song they'd like to hear while orbiting the earth in December 1965, Gemini 7 astronauts Frank Borman and Jim Lovell requested I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS.
*The original title of SILVER BELLS was 'Tinker Bells', inspired by a tiny bell on the desk of one of the composers. When his wife suggested that people might mistake the meaning of the word 'tinkle' for something else, he changed it to 'silver'.
*YOU'RE A MEAN ONE, MR. GRINCH was recorded by a voice-actor named Thurl Ravenscroft, better known as the voice of Kellogg's Tony the Tiger ("They're Grrrreat!")
*Mariah Carey's ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU song was actually recorded on a very hot August day in 1994. To make it seem more like the holidays, Christmas trees and decorations were brought into the studio.
*Wham! was sued for plagiarism in the mid-80s for their song LAST CHRISTMAS. The songwriters of Barry Manilow's hit "Can't Smile Without You" claimed George Michael stole the melody from their song. The case was settled out of court and the first year's royalties were donated to the Band Aid charity.
Enjoy all your Christmas favorites throughout the holiday season on Y105! There are three ways to listen: at 105.3 FM...online at y105fm.com (click Listen Live) or by downloading the free Radio Pup app for your tablet or smartphone.