How many times have you heard Bing Crosby sing â€œWhite Christmasâ€, a song he introduced in 1942 and which is the best selling record ever in the United States?
Youâ€™ve heard it about a gazillion times, no?
Hum the tune to yourself. Itâ€™ll only take a moment. Iâ€™ll wait.
How many times have you seen the 1954 movie â€œWhite Christmasâ€ starring, among others, Bing Crosby?
Probably somewhere shy of a gazillion, but still a few times, Iâ€™ll bet.
Here’s the question: In the movie, who sang the melody you just hummed to yourself?
Was it Bing?
No it wasnâ€™t.
It was Rosemary Clooney. She sang the melody, and olâ€™ Bing sang the harmony part!
In addition, I also noticed for the first time that one of the main dancers in â€œWhite Christmasâ€ was George Chakiris, who later went on to play the part of Bernardo in the movie West Side Story. Who knew?
I had these forehead slapping moments yesterday while watching â€œWhite Christmasâ€ for the umpteenth time.
Damned if I donâ€™t loin something every day.