How many times have you heard Bing Crosby sing “White Christmas”, a song he introduced in 1942 and which is the best selling record ever in the United States?
You’ve heard it about a gazillion times, no?
Hum the tune to yourself. It’ll only take a moment. I’ll wait.
How many times have you seen the 1954 movie “White Christmas” starring, among others, Bing Crosby?
Probably somewhere shy of a gazillion, but still a few times, I’ll bet.
Here’s the question: In the movie, who sang the melody you just hummed to yourself?
Was it Bing?
No it wasn’t.
It was Rosemary Clooney. She sang the melody, and ol’ Bing sang the harmony part!
In addition, I also noticed for the first time that one of the main dancers in “White Christmas” 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 “White Christmas” for the umpteenth time.
Damned if I don’t loin something every day.