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Sunday, December 25, 2016

Have yourself 'A Merry Little Christmas'

(Reprinted, in part, from the Dec. 24th 2015 ‘Writer’s Moment’ post.  Enjoy!)

“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," primarily written by Hugh Martin (with an assist from Ralph Blane), was introduced by Judy Garland in the 1944 MGM musical Meet Me in St. Louis.   Frank Sinatra, whose 100th birthday we celebrated last year, then recorded Martin's 1950s version that became the standard so often heard at Christmas.  

In 2007, ASCAP ranked "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" as the third most performed Christmas song and the 76th most performed of ALL songs that had been first written and recorded for the cinema.
Martin said developing the song was “a moment that just came to him” as he thought about Christmas, and being together with family while vacationing near his family home in Alabama.  It became his “Writer’s Moment” if you will.
Martin said one of his favorite versions was done                 
by the incomparable Karen Carpenter. So on this Christmas Day, here’s that version.  Merry Christmas everyone!

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