Christmas songs that are not what you think

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Christmas songs are hits that realistically, many listen to throughout the year, and intensely already in November. After Christmas, everyone always has the same melodies that are repeated, no matter how good they are. And every year new attempts at Christmas songs appear, and, in the end – you always listen to the same ten songs that absolutely everyone knows and adores. These are some hidden facts about Christmas carols.

“Jingle Bells” was a Thanksgiving song

The song “Jingle Bells” is now strongly associated with Christmas, but originally the song was more associated with Thanksgiving. The story is that James Lord Pierpont, music director at his father’s churches in Massachusetts, wrote a song to celebrate Thanksgiving.

“Jingle Bells” was the first song in space

On 16 December 1965, astronauts Walter “Wally” Schirra Jr . and Thomas P. Stafford orbited the Earth in Gemina 6, approaching Gemina 7 (piloted by Frank Borman and Jim Lovell) to a historic space meeting. These were the two closest artificial spacecraft to ever be in orbit, just a meter away. But just before Gemini 6 was due to return to Earth, the couple reported seeing a UFO: “We have an object, it looks like a satellite going from north to south, probably in polar orbit. . . It looks like he’ll be back in soon. . . You can just let me pick up that thing. . . I see the command module and eight smaller modules in front. The pilot of the command module is wearing a red suit. ” In addition, Schirra and Stafford produced accordions and bells hidden on a space capsule and played “Jingle Bells”. It was the first song performed in space.

The Jews wrote Christmas classics

“Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Rockin‘ Around The Christmas Tree, ”and“ Holly Jolly Christmas ”are songs you probably know well. They were all written by Johnny Marks, who was Jewish. His brother-in-law wrote the original story of Rudolf. He was not thrilled that his legacy was holiday tunes. “This is not exactly what I hoped to be remembered for,” he recalled in 1980. Proud Jew Irving Berlin wrote “White Christmas.” “The Christmas Song” was written by Mel Torme who was Jewish. In fact, Torme released an entire album of Christmas carols in the 1990s.

Donkey Donkey’ was funded by the mafia

Lou Monte recorded “Dominick The Donkey” in 1960. It was a modest hit, but it went much better in the UK 51 years later. This is largely thanks to the campaign of BBC Radio One DJ Chris Moyles, who invited his listeners to raise the song to the UK iTunes chart. If it weren’t for the mob, the song wouldn’t have been recorded at all. The story goes that Monte, who was Italian, received support from the Gambino criminal family, one of the largest mafia families in the United States. Carlo Gambino was the head of the family in the 1960s, and borrowing from a fellow Italian with the idea of ​​making money was not uncommon. The Mafia wasn’t exactly into the music business, but they were known for helping singers, like Frank Sinatra .

Everyone loves Christmas carols

There are two types of people in the world, those who love Christmas carols and liars. Mariah Carey’s song “All I Want For Christmas Is You” was the most listened song on the New York market in 2012.





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