Andy Williams And A Jovial Holiday Song

One of our family traditions growing up was to watch the various Christmas specials.  Besides Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer, which premiered in 1964, the Andy Williams’ Christmas Specials were always a holiday treat.

Andy Williams and Company decided in 1963 to produce his first Christmas album. On October 14, 1963 Columbia Records released the album with the featured song White Christmas.  It was a Billboard hit.

However, on the album was a new song written by Eddie Pola and George Wyle which Andy Williams would sing on his television Christmas Special.

Actor and songwriter Eddie Pola frequently collaborated with orchestra leader George Wyle to produce memorable songs from the 1950s and 60s, including a string of popular hits recorded by Doris Day.  But their best-known song may be the Christmas classic first recorded by Andy Williams in 1963, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”  In this song, Pola and Wyle paint a charming, traditional portrait of Christmas, replete with caroling, Dickensian “ghost stories,” and convivial gatherings and mistletoe, to illustrate the magic of the season.

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/christmas-mormon-tabernacle-choir/music-2018-concert/its-most-wonderful-time-year/

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” became an instant hit for the season.  As the link below indicates, its popularity has remained constant over the years with various artists embracing the playful lyrics.

When you read or listen to the lyrics by your favorite artist, one cannot help but join in on the fun which the song magically conveys. It’s a song for young and old as well as those of us in-between.

Whatever your plans for the season are, may you experience the most wonderful time of the year not only for you, but for all of those around you. Sharing a bit of holiday cheer by being present or giving of your abundance could make it the most wonderful time of the year for those who are less fortunate or lonely, especially the lonely and those in the dementia stages.

It would be good to remember this poignant fact for many older people:

People go months without having anyone visit them, because their family says, ‘I don’t know what to do, I don’t know what to say.’ Well, here’s what you do. Bring a muffin, bring your iTunes, bring a book, bring pictures and look them in the eye and smile and talk about your day. And tell crazy stories and engage as if the person is there, because there’s still an opportunity to connect. It just takes a little forethought and a lot of courage.”   Everyday Heroes, Saturday Evening Post November-December 2019

Merry Christmas!  May it be the most wonderful time of the year for you and your family!

 

G. D. Williams       © 2019

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year
With the kids jingle belling
And everyone telling you be of good cheer
It’s the most wonderful time of the year

It’s the hap-happiest season of all
With those holiday greetings and gay happy meetings
When friends come to call
It’s the hap-happiest season of all

There’ll be parties for hosting
Marshmallows for toasting
And caroling out in the snow
There’ll be scary ghost stories
And tales of the glories of
Christmases long, long ago

It’s the most wonderful time of the year
There’ll be much mistltoeing
And hearts will be glowing
When loved ones are near
It’s the most wonderful time of the year

There’ll be parties for hosting
Marshmallows for toasting
And caroling out in the snow
There’ll be scary ghost stories
And tales of the glories of
Christmases long, long ago

It’s the most wonderful time of the year
There’ll be much mistltoeing
And hearts will be glowing
When love ones are near
It’s the most wonderful time
Yes the most wonderful time
Oh the most wonderful time
Of the year

Andy Williams Christmas Specials

http://www.christmastvhistory.com/2012/11/andy-williams-christmas-shows.html

Songwriters: Eddie Pola / George Wyle

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year lyrics © Demi Music Corp. D/B/A Lichelle Music Company

 

“It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year” is a collaboration by composer George Wyle (known for writing the Gilligan’s Island theme) and his regular partner Eddie Pola. It was written specifically for The Andy Williams Christmas Album and the crooner performed it on his popular variety show, The Andy Williams Show. He went on to record seven more Christmas albums, and this song appeared on every one of them. The song’s popularity, paired with the singer’s penchant for gaudy sweaters and holiday TV specials, earned him the nickname “Mr. Christmas.”

Surprisingly, this song was not released as the promotional single for the album. Columbia Records decided to release Williams’ cover of Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas,” instead. It topped the special Billboard Christmas Singles chart and was the #1 selling Christmas single.

Williams recorded this song as a duet with Contemporary Christian music singer Kathy Troccoli in 1999.

Over the years, this song has become an enduring holiday standard with covers by several artists for their Christmas albums, including Johnny Mathis, Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Garth Brooks, Paul Anka, and Chicago, to name a few. Harry Connick Jr.’s version for his What a Night! A Christmas Album, peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart.

This song is featured Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) as an ironic aside when Kevin McCallister’s family starts their Florida vacation in a downpour outside of a seedy motel.

The song entered the Hot 100 Top 10 for the first time when it landed at #10 on the chart dated December 29, 2018. It was Williams’ first Top 10 hit since 1971’s “(Where Do I Begin) Love Story.” The 47 years, eight months and three days between his two visits to the upper reaches of the tally broke the record for the longest time span between US Top 10 appearances.

Andy Williams’ record was broken just one week later when Burl Ives’ “Holly Jolly Christmas” moved into the top ten for the first time. It was his top 10 entry since “Funny Way Of Laughin'” peaked at #10 in 1962, 56 and a half years previously.

https://www.songfacts.com/facts/andy-williams/its-the-most-wonderful-time-of-the-year

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