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  • Frosty the Snowman (song)
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  • The music and lyrics were written by Steve "Jack" Rollins and Steve Nelson and recorded by Gene Autry and the Cass County Boys in 1950. Like "Jingle Bells" and several other songs about winter, "Frosty the Snowman" is considered to be a Christmas song, despite not mentioning Christmas at all. It was written after Gene Autry recorded "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and the single sold two million copies.
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Date
  • 1950
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  • Hill and Range Songs Inc.
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  • The music and lyrics were written by Steve "Jack" Rollins and Steve Nelson and recorded by Gene Autry and the Cass County Boys in 1950. Like "Jingle Bells" and several other songs about winter, "Frosty the Snowman" is considered to be a Christmas song, despite not mentioning Christmas at all. It was written after Gene Autry recorded "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and the single sold two million copies. When Nelson and Rollins saw what success Autry was having in 1949 singing Rudolph's song, they decided to write their own silly but catchy song doing variations on an icon of Christmas. It took them months to decide on a living snowman as their subject, but they still had it ready in time for a 1950 release. Autry, delighted with the opportunity to ride his own recording's coat-tails back to the top of the charts, recorded it, and the rest, as they say, is history. Frosty has been a great favorite with children since the very beginning. The song gained enormous popularity after it hit the market and seemed a fit sequel for "Rudolph", a Christmas song that had been recorded a few years earlier and had proved to be a huge hit. Frosty was not only a cute children's poem, it also had a feel-good spirit that makes for a holiday favorite. In The Rudolph, Frosty and Friends Sing Along VHS, the sing-along version has a snowflake as the "bouncing ball" in the song, while the Christmas Classics Sing Along DVD has the "bouncing ball" shaped to look like Frosty's hat.