& # 39; Jingle Bells & # 39; is one of the world's best-known Christmas songs, but its story tells us that it's not specifically a Christmas song. Known today as a fun and laugh filled Christmas song and is popular as a subject of parody. James Lord Pierpont originally wrote the song in 1857 and was under copyright at the time as "One Horse Open Sleigh". The song was reprinted in 1859 with the revised title of "Jingle Bells". Pierpont wrote the song for a Thanksgiving program at a church in Savannah, Georgia in the United States where he was the resident organist
The piece of "Jingle Bells" was used in German and French songs to celebrate the winter. The lyrics have no connection with those we all know and love. For example, Francis Blanche wrote the French song "Vive Le Vent" which means "Long live the wind" with references to the New Year.
In 1898, Jingle Bells & # 39; was recorded by the Edison Male Quartette in the United States. It has since been recorded by many great artists, including Bing Crosby and The Andrew Sisters. In 2006, when Kimberley Locke sang, he became a number one hit on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.
Here is a funny fact. In 1965, December 16th "Jingle Bells" was the first song aired from the space. Wally Schirra and Tom Stafford, the astronauts aboard Gemini 6 made a joke. They relayed to the mission control that they saw a UFO with eight smaller UFOs ahead. Their reports followed that the pilot in the largest UFO command module wore a red suit. The farce ended with the duo of astronauts playing "Jingle Bells" on a harmonica accompanied by sled bells that they smuggled aboard. Today, at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, both instruments are on display. Interestingly, they are considered the first musical instruments to be played in the space!
& # 39; Jingle Bells & # 39; was also the subject of parody. The best-known tribute to the original song is "Jingle Bell Rock" by Bobby Helms. In the 1960s, children in the United States often sang the verse "Jingle Bells, Santa Smells, Easter's on its way. Oh what a pleasure to ride in a battered Chevrolet. Here's another parody of "Jingle Bells," a verse that adults and children loved and continue to enjoy singing while enjoying some laughter "Rushing into the snow, on a pair of broken skis, crashing into the trees, and a piece of Ha Ha Ha moldy cheese, the snow turns red, I think I'm almost dead, please rush me to the hospital before losing my head Ha Ha Ha "
" Jingle Bells "continues to be a favorite Christmas song, whether sung in its original form or whether by parody, it is still popular around the world today. A song that brings families and communities together to share happy moments and holidays each Christmas!