Information About Jingle Bells
The song "Jingle Bells" is arguably one of the most famous American Christmas songs. Written by songwriter James Lord Pierpont (1822–1893) for children celebrating his Boston, Sunday School Thanksgiving. The song was intended to tell of the sleigh races taking place on Salem Street during Thanksgiving; however, the song became so popular that it was repeated at Christmas. It was copyrighted under the title "One Horse Open Sleigh" in 1857.
When "Jingle Bells" was first published its chorus melody was similar to German composer Johann Pachelbel's "Canon".
Famous recordings of "Jingle Bells" include versions by: Nat King Cole, Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald, amongst others.
Did you know "Jingle Bells" was the first song performed and broadcast from space in 1965, by Gemini 6 astronauts.