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Posted By: r.padgett
21-Dec-17 - 03:29 AM
Thread Name: Jingle Bells Originally Performed in Minstrel Show
Subject: RE: Jingle Bells Originally Performed in Minstrel Show
Title: Jingle Bells, originally titled "One Horse Open Sleigh"

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Author: James Lord Pierpont (1822-1893) wrote the song in 1857. The said song was meant for a Thanksgiving program at a church in Savannah, Georgia where Pierpont was organist. The song was so well accepted that it was again sung on Christmas day and since then became one of the most popular Christmas carols. This song "One Horse Open Sleigh" was published by Oliver Ditson and Co. of Boston in August 1857. Two years later it was re-released with the title "Jingle Bells, or The One Horse Open Sleigh". It was not a hit either time.

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