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The Story Behind 'The Christmas Song'

Mel Tormé famously co-wrote one of the most well-known carols of all time in 1945. His son, James, tells the story of how the song came to be.

Kool in the Summer Freddie Joachim
Quick Freddie Joachim
A Cup of Coffee DJ Okawari
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Hoppípolla Vitamin String Quartet
Sæglópur Vitamin String Quartet

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How An American Became Santa In A Little Town In France

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Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella Chris Thile
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Andromede Vibes Kyo Itachi
Walking Aside as You Drift Away Sun Glitters
From Saturday to Sunday Sun Glitters
White Christmas Mel Tormé & Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Ferrante & Teicher Symphony Orchestra
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Christmas Is So Special
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Rey's Theme John Williams
Cantina Band John Williams and the London Symphony Orchestra
Can't Let Go, Juno Kishi Bashi
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Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas The O'Neill Brothers
Christmas Time Is Here [Instrumental] Vince Guaraldi, Colin Bailey et. al.
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Christmas Time Is Here [Instrumental]
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A Charlie Brown Christmas
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Retro-Games And Consoles Are The Latest Craze In The Gamer World

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Jungle 1 Jake Kaufman
Waterfall Jake Kaufman
Uno Madlib
Little Drummer Boy Mannheim Steamroller
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Mannheim Steamroller
Into the Sea The Album Leaf

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