Thursday, 22 December 2011

Xmas Music - is it Good for the Jews?

«Almost everyone knows that America's most popular secular seasonal song ever, "White Christmas," was written by Irving Berlin, whose Jewish parents transported young Israel Baline from Siberia to the Lower East Side some 50 years earlier.

But when the American Society of Composers and Publishers releases its annual list of the 25 most popular holiday season songs, a good half of them have music and/or lyrics by Jewish writers.

Without Jewish writers, we would just for starters not have "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" or "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire."

And how did this happen?»

Xmas Music - is it Good for the Jews?

Yes - at least those from Tin Pan Alley!

Jewish songwriters like Irving Berlin, Johnny Marks and Mel Torme wrote the score of modern Christmas  - NY Daily News


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