The choice Sinatra performances celebrated here were meticulously and thoughtfully selected to include both traditional and rare holiday tunes. Among the non-traditional are "Christmas Memories," by ace arranger and long-time Sinatra collaborator Don Costa with lyricists Alan & Marilyn Bergman and "An Old Fashioned Christmas," written by the legendary composers Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen. Jimmy Webb's "Whatever Happened to Christmas" and "Mistletoe and Holly," co-written by Sinatra himself will undoubtedly add to Sinatra's special place among seasonal favorites. Cahn and Van Heusen also wrote "The Christmas Waltz" the renowned ballad that Sinatra first recorded in 1957.
Sinatra additionally offers Harry Simeone's "The Little Drummer Boy", Johnny Marks' "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day," and the beloved "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," written in 1934 by J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie.
For this collection, the Irving Berlin standard, "White Christmas" is sung by Frank's friend Rosemary Clooney, who co-starred in the 1954 film White Christmas. Also included are Mel Torm's "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire"), which he composed at just 20 years old, as well as Tony Bennett singing "A Child Is Born" with jazz pianist Bill Evans, and "Baby It's Cold Outside," Frank Loesser's famous and amusing duet from the 40's (an Oscar-winner from a 1949 Esther Williams film) sung here by the incomparable duo of Ray Charles and Betty Carter.
The Christmas Waltz - Frank Sinatra
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Frank Sinatra
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) - Frank Sinatra
I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day - Frank Sinatra
The Little Drummer Boy - Frank Sinatra
A Child Is Born - Tony Bennett & Bill Evans
Mistletoe And Holly - Frank Sinatra
An Old Fashioned Christmas - Frank Sinatra
White Christmas - Rosemary Clooney
Whatever Happened To Christmas - Frank Sinatra
Baby It's Cold Outside - Ray Charles & Betty Carter
Christmas Memories - Frank Sinatra