The Quinto Sisters, First to Sing “Holly Jolly Christmas” – Even Before Burl Ives

Johnny Marks, one of the greatest writers of Christmas songs in the twentieth century, already had several holiday hits under his belt by the time he was approached to write the music for the 1964 Rankin/Bass television special, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer“. Since he was responsible for the 1949 song …

One Horse Open Sleigh

“The One Horse Open Sleigh”, published in 1857, dedicated to John P. Ordway, Esq. Renamed “Jingle Bells” and published in 1859 Lyrics and music by James Lord Pierpont (1822-1893) [ult_dropcap type=”round” color=”#ffffff” bcolor=”#94c263″ ]T[/ult_dropcap]hat definitive Christmas song, “Jingle Bells”, which we’ve all known since we were old enough to attempt …