This song is a good lesson for performers in persistence. It was released three times--1958, 1959, and 1960. It was not successful until the last time. By then, the singer, Brenda Lee, had become a star and her popularity helped the song get attention. Now, it's still played frequently on the radio at Christmas. One interesting factoid: Lee was 13 when it was first released! I work with middle school students, hearing them sing all day long, and I assure you that most 13 year olds do not sound like that!
The song was written by Johnny Marks--who also gave us "Silver and Gold" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Holly Jolly Christmas" and a whole bunch of other Christmas songs I'm too lazy to type out. Marks, one of the great Christmas songwriters, was Jewish.
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