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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Hear What I Hear?” is an anti-war song—written while America was on the brink of nuclear war.






The song was written by Noel Regney and Gloria Shayne—talk about Christmas-ready names!—during October of 1961. At that time, the U.S. was facing down the Soviet Union over some medium-range missiles on an island nation in the Caribbean. The Cuban Missile Crisis weighed heavily on the married songwriting team (who switched their traditional music-lyric roles for this song)—Shayne was especially moved by the sight of mothers pushing baby carriages on a city street.


image: People watch President John F. Kennedy's TV announcement of Cuban blockade during the missile crisis in a department store in California Oct. 22, 1962.
RALPH CRANE / LIFE MAGAZINE / TIME & LIFE PICTURES / GETTY IMAGES
A single—recorded by the same chorale group that had a radio hit with “The Little Drummer Boy” a few years earlier—was released a few weeks later. The song’s plea for peace and “goodness and light” struck a chord with an anxious public and sold more than 250,000 copies—and was soon part of the modern holiday canon.


Read more: http://entertainment.time.com/2012/12/17/yule-laugh-yule-cry-10-things-you-didnt-know-about-beloved-holiday-songs/#ixzz2G0zMNR9T

Read more: http://entertainment.time.com/2012/12/17/yule-laugh-yule-cry-10-things-you-didnt-know-about-beloved-holiday-songs/#ixzz2G0z7DZ6l

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