Christmas music by Jews … you're welcome

Streisand

These Christmas songs were all written by Jewish composers and lyricists:

“The Christmas Song” (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) (1945) by Mel Tormé (1925-1999) and Bob Wells (born 1922)

“White Christmas” by Irving Berlin

“Let It Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!” (1945) by Sammy Cahn (1913-1993) and Jule Styne (1905-1994)

“Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer” by Johnny Marks (1909-1985)

“Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Johnny Marks (1909-1985)

“Holly Jolly Christmas” by Johnny Marks (1909-1985)

“It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year” by George Wyle (born Bernard Weissman) (1917-2003)

“Silver Bells” by Jay Livingston (music) and Ray Evans (lyrics)

“We Need a Little Christmas” by Jerry Herman

And then there’s these where one half of the team was Jewish:

“Winter Wonderland” Felix Bernard (1897-1944) (co-composer)

“There’s No Place Like Home For The Holidays” Al Stillman (1906-c.1986) (lyrics)

“Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” J. Fred Coots (1897-1985) (co-composer)

“I’ll Be Home For Christmas” Walter Kent (music) born (Walter Maurice Kaufman)

“Do They Know It’s Christmas” Bob Geldof

And this one where the composer was of Jewish ancestry (but not raised Jewish):

“Hark, the Herald Angels Sing” Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

And some top-selling Christmas albums:

The # 1 best-selling Christmas album from 1991-2008: “Miracles:  The Holiday Album” by Kenny G. (7,195,000 copies)

He also comes in at #10 with “Faith: A Holiday Album” Kenny G. (2,735,000 copies)

Kenny Gorelick is Jewish.

Other big sellers have been:

Barbra Streisand’s “A Christmas Album” from 1967 – one of the best-selling Christmas albums of all times (see pic above)

and these:

torme Diamond

Midler Bare Naked

Two of three Bare Naked Ladies are Jewish and nothing says holiday like a Bare Naked Christmas.

So with all these Jews writing and recording all this Christmas music, why do we still only have ONE Hannukah song? Oh well.

Merry Christmas.

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