1951 was a big year for Iowa’s Music Man Meredith Willson with several of his songs finding big success across America.
On September 18, 1951, Perry Como released a new Meredith Willson Christmas song which quickly hit the charts and has remained a Yule-time classic even to today. Backed with The Fontane Sisters and Mitchell Aryes & His Orchestra, RCA-Victor released the 45-RPM single (47-4314) and the 78-RPM single (20-4314) with its then abbreviated title – It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas. Meredith later re-titled his hit tune – It’s Beginning To Look (A Lot) Like Christmas – but either way, Como’s single made it a huge success, which only became bigger when Bing “White Christmas” Crosby released his classic version on October 1st, 1951.
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