Release of musical film Holiday Inn, which includes 12 songs by US composer Irving Berlin.
Crosby had first sung the song on his Christmas, 1941 radio show. On Oct. 31, 1942, Crosby’s version tops Billboard’s Best Selling Retail Records chart, where it spends 11 consecutive weeks. Returning to the top 10 in every subsequent holiday season through 1949, it becomes one of the most popular recordings ever made — selling over 50M copies.
In 2001 the song is ranked #2 on the RIAA’s list of 365 Songs of the Century, right behind Judy Garland singing Over the Rainbow. In 2002 the song’s 1942 version is added to the National Recording Registry.
The song makes it to US#1 (UK#2), partly because it was banned in Boston radio … partly because the Everlys are -hot-