Written for the
1951 Paramount Pictures THE LEMON DROP KID.
Christmas standard, about Christmas in the city.
“Silver Bells, Silver Bells, It’s Christmas time in the
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was written in 1950 for the Paramount picture "The
Lemon-Drop Kid". The picture takes place in New York at
Christmas, and the studio wanted a Christmas song. Jay
and Ray balked. "It’s impossible to write a hit
Christmas song", they said. "Every year everybody sings
the same old Christmas songs, and new ones never make
it". Also, they were uneasy because they had an option
coming up in their contract, and they hadn’t had a hit
for awhile. But, as usual, the studio was insistent.
So, with great reluctance, they wrote a song called
"Tinkle Bell", about the Santa Clauses and the Salvation
Army workers who stand on New York streetcorners
tinkling their bells. But when Jay told his wife, Lynne,
that they had written a song called "Tinkle Bell", she
asked him, incredulously, "Are you out of your mind? Do
you know what the word "tinkle" means to most people"?
So they put aside "Tinkle Bell" and started to write a
new song. But they liked the music and melody of "Tinkle
Bell", so they just changed "Tinkle" to "Silver", and
the money’s been pouring in ever since. To give the song
added dimension, they wrote the verse and chorus so that
they could be sung at the same time, and even added a
lyric counterpoint to the chorus.
Jay Livingston & Ray Evans
Paramount Music Corp. (ASCAP)
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Jay Livingston, Lloyd Nolan & William Frawley practice
recording forThe Lemon Drop Kid.
Bob and Dolores Hope, Hope Enterprises, Inc. Hopes For The
Holidays # 30002.
Elvis Presley, RCA Records # 62411-4.
Bing Crosby and Ella Fitzgerald, Christmas Duets, Lifestyles,
The Chipmunks, Christmas With The Chipmunks, Cema Special
Garth Brooks, Garth Brooks and The Magic Of Christmas,
Capitol Records 7243-5-23550-2-0.
Dean Martin, Christmas With The Rat Pack, Capitol Records
Diana Ross & The Supremes, A Motown Christmas, Motown
Kate Smith, The Polar Express Soundtrack From The
Motion Picture, Warner Bros. Ent. Inc.
Doris Day, Perry Como and The Ray Charles Singers, Greatest
Dwight Yoakam, Country Christmas Vol. 1, Reprise Records
Wilson Pickett, Christmas Soul Special, Stax Records
Vince Gill, Breath of Heaven, A Christmas Collection,
The Brady Bunch, Christmas with the Brady Bunch, MCAD-20890.
Wayne Newton, It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year,
Williams Sonoma Dinner Companion Series, EMI Special Markets.
Kenny Rogers, Christmas In America, Reprise 9 25973-2.
Nancy Wilson, A Nancy Wilson Christmas, MCG Jazz.
Michael Feinstein, 2002 Concord Records, Inc. # FCD-3101-2
Livingston & Evans Songbook.
Jay Livingston, Lloyd Nolan and William Frawley, practice
recording for soundtrack of The Lemon Drop Kid.
Mel Torme, Mel Torme Christmas Songs, Telarc Jazz CD-833315.
Martina McBride, White Christmas RCA07863-67842-2.
Mannheim Steamroller, Christmas Extraordinaire, American
Jon Weber, Jon Weber Plays the Songs of Livingston & Evans,
Mood Records MD-1111.
Jim Horn, Warner Bros. PRO-CD-3379
Andy Williams, Columbia House, The Great American Composers
2C2 8651/ C21 8651.
And many others……….
LEMON DROP KID (Paramount Pictures 1951, Bob Hope and Marilyn
Production Numbers, Christmas Songs, Duets, Waltzes