Saturday, December 17, 2016


How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Doctor Seuss was published in the December 1956 issue of Redbook magazine before the book was released the following November.

Who are the two main UNCREDITED voices in the Chuck Jones’ produced animated adaptation of How The Grinch Stole Christmas?

The Grinch was NOT Doctor Seuss’ first work in animation. What was?

We’ll reveal all next weekend, but for now, let’s open up THE ANSWERS BOX and discover the results from the December 10, 2016 Puzzle Corner and our FAMOUS FIRST CAROLS quiz.

While who recorded the best rendition of a beloved Christmas classic is debatable, some Christmas tunes date back a lot farther than you think.
Can you name the very first performer to record the following songs?

01. Frosty the Snowman was first sung by Gene Autry in a 1950 recording.
02. Judy Garland was the first to sing Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas during the 1944 MGM
musical Meet Me In Saint Louis.
03. Here Comes Santa Claus was first sung by its co-writer Gene Autry in 1947, although the classic
radio version is actually of a later recording.
04. The Jingle Bell Rock was first performed by Bobby Helms in 1957.
05. Vaughn Monroe first pleaded Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow in 1946.
06. Believe it or not, there are two possible answers for this one!
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer first shined in 1948 when Harry Brannon sang it live on various
New York City radio programs, but Gene Autry was the first to actually record the song the following
07. Eartha Kitt first purred Santa Baby in 1953, which I personally prefer.
08. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town is actually the oldest song on our list. Eddie Cantor was the first
to sing it in a 1934 recording, although I personally like the rendition by Bruce Springsteen and the E
Street Band.
09. Silver Bells was first performed in the 1951 Paramount Picture The Lemon Drop Kid by its star
Bob Hope, who continued to perform it on every TV Christmas special he did until his passing.
10. You are right to say Bing Crosby was the first to ever perform White Christmas, but trying to
say exactly when depends upon the format. He did so during his radio show on Christmas Day 1941.
The movie Holiday Inn and the original record were both in 1942, and the remake movie White Christmas was in 1954.
11. Sleigh Ride, as an instrumental, was first performed by The Boston Pops Orchestra conducted by
Arthur Fiedler in 1949, although the popular radio version is actually of one of their later
12. The Andrews Sisters were the first to sing Sleigh Ride's lyrics in a 1950 recording.

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