Datebook: May 29 - White Christmas Recorded 70 Years Ago

May 29, 2012

If you're dreaming of a white Christmas, you'll have to wait a while. "White Christmas" was recorded by Bing Crosby and the Ken Darby Singers, with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra, on this day in 1942, which would become the best-selling single of all-time, with over 50 million copies sold worldwide. 

Irving Berlin wrote the song while staying at a hotel in La Quinta, California, and is said to have told his secretary, "Grab your pen and take down this song. I just wrote the best song I've ever written - heck, I just wrote the best song that anybody's ever written!" The song topped the Your Hit Parade and Billboard charts and resonated with World War II troops overseas. The original master suffered damage form being so overplayed, the version we hear today is most likely the 1947 re-recording.

It’s Tuesday, May 29

The Kentucky Drag Boat Association kicks off its 2012 season this weekend at Land Between the Lakes.  Races will be on Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 5 at Pisgah Bay on the north end of LBL.  The spectator fee is $5 for adults or free for children under 12. 

The Josh Williams Band will give a concert on Saturday at Discovery Place in Burns, Tennessee.  Hear music from 11 to 1, with free admission and a lunch of smoked chicken.  Discovery Place is located at 1635 Spencer Mill Road.  For more information, call 615-740-8600.

Western Baptist Hospital hosts the Spokes for Stroke bike tour this Saturday, beginning at 8AM.  The tour offers 15, 35, or 60 mile rides.  The cost is $25 for individuals, with discounts available for families and couples. Register online at

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