Music Made Famous by Movies/T.V.:
Irving Berlin "White Christmas" (sung by Bing Crosby and Martha Mears)
This classic Christmas song was actually written by Jewish songwriter Irving Berlin! At first, the song was not popular, but after Bing Crosby recorded it and sang it in the movie
, it topped the charts and became the best-selling single of all time! Here is the version from the movie.
Vince Guaraldi Trio "Linus and Lucy" (performed by the Jerry Granelli trio)
Linus and Lucy became especially popular after it aired as part of the soundtrack to the
A Charlie Brown Christmas
T.V. special in 1965. Ever since then, it has been associated with Charlie Brown and with the Christmas holiday. Jerry Granelli (seen on drums in this video) was part of the original trio who recorded this music.
Music that Inspired Television:
Walter Rollins and Steve Nelson "Frosty the Snowman" (guitar performer unknown)
Here is a guitar version of the favorite holiday song "Frosty the Snowman". This song is special because it actually came before any of the movie or television versions. The original version was recorded by Gene Autry, and was so popular that it inspired several television specials. As this video shows, it remains popular today and people continue to record it and make it their own.
Music Written for Movies:
John Williams "Excerpts from Home Alone" (Boston Pops)
Sometimes Christmas movies have great soundtracks which were written for the movie but later become popular on their own. Here is one example by great film composer John Williams. These pieces were written for the
movies. This music is unique because it uses a boy's choir along with the normal adult choir and orchestra. Listen for the unique sound that the young boys' voices add to the texture.