My Favorite Westerns

A Celebration of Western Movies … Pardner!

Sleigh Ride / Ella Fitzgerald

Crazy!? It hadn’t snowed here in over 2 weeks. Then after I got the idea to post this song it snowed last night. ??? Can’t have a sleigh ride without snow I guess.
Love this joyous little song.

Sleigh Ride

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sleigh Ride” is a light orchestra standard composed by Leroy Anderson. The composer had the original idea for the piece during a heat wave in July 1946 and finished the work in February 1948. The original recordings were instrumental versions. The lyrics, about riding in a sleigh and other fun wintertime activities, were written by Mitchell Parish in 1950.

The orchestral version was first recorded in 1949 by Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra. “Sleigh Ride” was a hit record on RCA Victor Red Seal 49-0515 (45 rpm) / 10-1484 (78 rpm), and has become one of the orchestra’s signature songs. The 45 rpm version was originally issued on red vinyl. The Pops have also recorded the song with John Williams, their conductor from 1979 to 1995, and Keith Lockhart, their current conductor.

Sleigh Ride” was covered by the American girl group the Ronettes. The Phil Spector-produced recording has become the most popular version outside the traditional pop standard genre, charting yearly in Billboards Top Ten U.S. Holiday 100 and was #26 in 2018 in the Hot 100. 

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