Along with “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm, “ “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” has somehow gotten attached to the holiday season, probably due to the themes of cold weather and love. “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” has been recorded by any number of interesting pairs, from Velma Middleton and Louis Armstrong, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Jordan, Bing Crosby and Doris Day, Idina Menzel and Michael Buble, Dolly Parton and Rod Stewart.
The song was featured twice in the 1949 musical Neptune’s Daughter, first by Ricardo Montalban and Esther Williams and later by Red Skelton and Betty Garrett in reversed roles.
And . . . a bonus by a capella group Home Free with Kira Isabella.
Oops – the day has very nearly gotten by me. Another winter song that has been tagged as a Christmas song is “Winter Wonderland.” Sometimes I used to get this one mixed up with “Sleigh Ride,” which falls under the same category (along with “Let it Snow”), but now that I have heard the Pentatonix version, I won’t make that mistake any more.
Of all songs associated with Christmas, this one puzzles me most. Sure, there is mention of snowflakes that stay on noses and eyelashes and silver-white winters that melt into springs and warm woolen mittens and doorbells and sleigh bells, plus Louisa (or was it Brigitta?) cites Christmas as one of her favorite things, but there are even more non-Christmasy non-wintry things. Besides the fact that the song is originally sung during a summer thunderstorm.
“Jingle Bells,” considered to be a quintessential Christmas song, makes no mention of the holiday season and in fact was written to celebrate Thanksgiving. I am presenting two versions today, the first another nod to 1970s television.
The second is an instrumental from an impromptu 1956 jam session between Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis. It is really a shame that they didn’t sing along to this one.