Thursday, December 21, 2006

Jingle Bells

James Lord Pierpont:
The colorful James Pierpont was the author of 'One Horse Open Sleigh' which was first published in 1857. In 1859, he reissued the song under a new name: 'Jingle Bells.' It was a 'sleighing song' which was a popular topic of the time and had nothing to do with Christmas, or for that matter, Thanksgiving.
Even more surprising is that the original chorus had a different melody.

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