SILVER BELLS

 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 city”

 

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SILVER BELLS 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
COPYRIGHT 1951
Paramount Music Corp. (ASCAP)
International Copyright Secured
All Rights Reserved

RECORDING HISTORY

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, LIF 160008.
The Chipmunks, Christmas With The Chipmunks, Cema Special Markets S21-56718
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 72435-42210-2-6.
Diana Ross & The Supremes, A Motown Christmas, Motown 37463652562.
Kate Smith, The Polar Express Soundtrack From The Motion Picture, Warner Bros. Ent. Inc.
Doris Day, Perry Como and The Ray Charles Singers, Greatest Christmas Songs
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 Gramaphone AG1225-2.
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……….

FILM HISTORY

THE LEMON DROP KID (Paramount Pictures 1951, Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell)

SONG CATEGORIES

Production Numbers, Christmas Songs, Duets, Waltzes