‘White Christmas’ by Bing Crosby peaks at #1 in USA 70 years ago today (1942)

(Saturday, October 31, 1942)White Christmas by Bing Crosby, the Ken Darby Singers and the John Scott Trotter Orchestra, was the #1 song on today’s Billboard’s Best Sellers in Stores chart for the first of eleven weeks (October 31, November 7/14/21/28, December 5/12/19/26, 1942, January 2/9, 1943).

White Christmas was written by Irving Berlin in 1940, introduced on Crosby’s NBC radio show The Kraft Music Hall on Christmas Day 1941, recorded May 29, 1942, in Los Angeles for Decca Records and released July 30, 1942, as part of an album of six 78-rpm songs from the film Holiday Inn.

It is the best-selling single of all time with estimated sales in excess of 50 million copies worldwide, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

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