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What's in a Song? 'Silver Bells'

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What's in a Song? 'Silver Bells'

What's in a Song? 'Silver Bells'

What's in a Song? 'Silver Bells'

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Yuletide Favorites

'Silver Bells' ranks 13th on ASCAP's list of most-played holiday songs. Read the list:

More than 2,100 different holiday music CD titles have been purchased this year, according to Billboard magazine.

The song made its debut in a 1951 Bob Hope film. Paramount Pictures hide caption

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The song made its debut in a 1951 Bob Hope film.

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From "O Tannenbaum" to "Jingle Bell Rock," many of the season's songs have endured multiple interpretations.

"What's In a Song," the continuing series from the Western Folklife Center, takes a look at one of the hardiest of perennials: "Silver Bells."

The "What's in a Song" series is produced by Hal Cannon and Taki Telonidis of the Western Folklife Center.