by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Soon it will be Christmas day
City sidewalks, busy sidewalks
Silver bells, (silver bells) silver bells (silver bells)
Strings of street lights, even stoplights
Silver bells (The corner Santa Claus)
City sidewalks, busy sidewalks (Silver bells)
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"Silver Bells" is a popular Christmas song, composed by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans.
"Silver Bells" was first sung by William Frawley, then sung in its entirety and in the generally-known version immediately after by Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell in the motion picture The Lemon Drop Kid, filmed in July-August 1950 and released in March 1951. The first recorded version was by Bing Crosby and Carol Richards on September 8, 1950 with John Scott Trotter and his Orchestra and the Lee Gordon Singers which was released by Decca Records in October 1950. After the Crosby and Richards recording became popular, Hope and Maxwell were called back in late 1950 to refilm a more elaborate production of the song.