“And this song of mine
In three quarter time
Wishes you and yours
The same thing, too…”
Frank’s birthday was December 12th. There are 12 tracks on A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra — his first Christmas album, released by Capitol Records in 1957. We’ll bring them your way in order, between now and December 24.
Cahn recalls, “One day during a very hot spell in Los Angeles the phone rang and it was Jule Styne to say, ‘Frank wants a Christmas song.'” Cahn wasn’t on board at first, feeling that any attempt at a holiday hit like “White Christmas” was “ridiculous”, but Styne reiterated that “‘Frank wants a Christmas song.'”
Sinatra first recorded “The Christmas Waltz” with a chorus as well as an arrangement by Nelson Riddle in 1954. For A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra, Gordon Jenkins took over the arranging, with The Ralph Brewster Singers providing the backing vocal.