The writer of today’s song gave it to American entertainer Eddie Cantor, who used it on his radio show in November 1934, and it became an instant hit.
The morning after the radio show, there were orders for 100,000 copies of sheet music and by Christmas, sales had passed 400,000.
The earliest known recorded version of the song was by banjoist Harry Reser on October 24, 1934. In 1947, Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters scored a hit with a cover, and it has since been recorded and performed countless times.
Among more famous covers include:
- Frank Sinatra
- Bruce Springsteen
- Mariah Carey
And today’s artist, who is a Canadian singer who has sold over 75 million records worldwide, and won numerous awards, including four Grammy Awards, and multiple Juno Awards.
His interest in jazz began at around age five when his family played Bing Crosby's White Christmas album.
The first time his family noticed his singing talent was during the Christmas holidays, when he was 13 years old, and they heard him powerfully sing the phrase "May your days be merry and bright" when the family was singing to the song "White Christmas" on a car ride.
Today’s singer started singing in nightclubs at age 16 and were arranged by his Italian grandfather Demetrio, a plumber who offered his plumbing services in exchange for stage time for his grandson.
Today’s crooner’s grandfather paid for his singing lessons. Both his voice teacher, Sandi Siemens, and his maternal grandfather never stopped believing that he would become a star.
As of January 2019, his holiday album, Christmas (his seventh studio album) is his most successful album, which turns ten this year, and with more than 12 million copies sold worldwide, is one of the best-selling albums of the 21st century.
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