Song of the Week #11- It’s Beginning!

This song selection is none other than the intro to our podcast each week, It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.  Another classic choice this tune was penned in 1951.  The Music Man himself, Meredith Wilson, wrote the song for that holiday season.  The first recording was by Perry Como and the Fontane Sisters.  It was immediately popular.  So popular that Bing Crosby recorded his version just one month later.  Composer Wilson used the song in his musical Here’s Love based on the movie Miracle on 34th Street.  The song was retooled with a different name- Pinecones and Holly Berries.  My favorite version is the 1986 recording from Johnny Mathis.  His version has ranked in the top 10 Christmas songs each of the last few years.  Give these versions a listen.

Perry Como– The original recording- classic!
Bing Crosby– Just as classic, but not the original.
Michael Buble– A studio recording from his 2011 album.
Johnny Mathis– The version I hear when I think of this song
Purdue Singers– A big huge production version