Phil & Mel In The Afternoon

Phil & Mel In The Afternoon

Lyricist Sammy Cahn and composer Jule Styne wished for winter weather when they wrote "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" during a Hollywood heatwave in July 1945. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

“Let It Snow” is a song I’ve come to appreciate more the longer I’ve lived in southern states. I grew up with very cold winters up north and, despite the hassles it can cause, I miss the snowy weather. Apparently, so did the writers of the classic holiday tune, as we’ll learn in this Throwback Threesome.

New York-born lyricist Sammy Cahn and composer Jule Styne, who grew up in Chicago, came up with “Let It Snow” during a Hollywood heatwave in July 1945. Sweltering in the southern California sun, Cahn and Styne were clearly dreaming of frostier conditions as they wrote of snow that “doesn’t show signs of stopping.”

The song was first recorded in the fall of 1945 by singer, trumpeter, and big band leader Vaughn Monroe. It was released just after Thanksgiving and became a hit by Christmas. That’s probably why it has always been associated with the holiday even though there’s no mention of it in the lyrics. Technically, it’s a song about taking shelter from frigid weather. In the Southern Hemisphere, it should be played during the winter months of July and August!

Since its original release, the seasonal favorite has been recorded by Frank Sinatra (1950), Dean Martin (1959), Bing Crosby (1962), Garth Brooks (1999), Jessica Simpson (2004), Rod Stewart (2012), and Goo Goo Dolls (2020), just to name a few. According to Songfacts, Harry Connick Jr.’s 1993 version is the most popular on American radio. Unfortunately, he never made a video for it but I found three others. So grab “some corn for popping” and let’s enjoy!

Throwback Threesome: “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”

  • "Let It Snow" - Dean Martin (1959)

    Dean Martin released a version of “Let It Snow” in 1959, as part of his album A Winter Romance, and a re-recorded version in 1966, as part of The Dean Martin Christmas Album. However, the song didn’t enter the Billboard Hot 100 until 2018. An official music video was released in 2019. In the animated clip, Dean Martin and his family host a Christmas gathering in their cozy cabin, where Santa shows up to distribute gifts while they’re sleeping.

  • "Let It Snow" - Jessica Simpson (2004)

    Jessica Simpson released her cover of “Let It Snow” in 2004, as part of her album, Rejoyce: The Christmas Album. Simpson’s version reached No. 20 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. Unlike Dean Martin, Jessica did go “out in the storm” with only her umbrella for protection.

  • "Let It Snow" - Rod Stewart (2012)

    Rod Stewart recorded “Let It Snow” for his 2012 holiday album, Merry Christmas, Baby. The single reached No. 1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart in December of that year and remained there for a total of five weeks, tying it for the longest-leading rendition of a holiday title in the history of the chart. Here’s Rod performing the song live.

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