Arranger SCHOEN, VIC
Composer ANDERSON, R. ALEX
Voicing/Instrument JAZZ ENSEMBLE W/VOCAL
Publisher JAZZ LINES DISTRIBUTION
Swing, Male Vocal/SSA w/Big Band
Written in 1946 by R. Alex Anderson, this became a major hit for the unbeatable combination of Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters in 1949. It was originally featured on a Crosby record simply titled Merry Christmas released on Decca. This is not a technically demanding chart for the band. However, your singers need to be able to pull off this WWII-era vocal trio style, which sounds easier than it is. Plus, there is a male vocal part that needs to seamlessly blend in as well. The well-known Hawaiian slide guitar introduction has been scored into the ensemble as very few bands would have access to this instrument (or something that could approximate the sound). The ranges are very moderate with trumpet 1 only getting up to a high A. The vocal key starts in D for Bing and then modulates to E flat for the Andrews Sisters' entrance.