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Does Michael Sheen know his own career? Watch the video. At an inn which is only open on holidays, a crooner and a hoofer vie for the affections of a beautiful up-and-coming performer. The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster. Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.
With 50 million copies sold, not only is Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" the best-selling Christmas song of all time, it's also the best-selling single ever, according to Guinness World Records. It first aired during the Kraft Music Hall radio show yes, sponsored by the food company on December 25, Then-host, Bing Crosby, crooned the carol, which is soulful, longing, and sad anyway, but especially so at the time. Pearl Harbor had been attacked just a few weeks before. It turns out, the song has a sad back story too. It was written by Irving Berlin the same composer behind "Cheek to Cheek," "God Bless America," and many more classics , a Russian-born immigrant who, interestingly enough, did not celebrate Christmas, as he was Jewish.
The version sung by Bing Crosby is the world's best-selling single with estimated sales in excess of 50 million copies worldwide. Accounts vary as to when and where Berlin wrote the song. One day he told his secretary, "I want you to take down a song I wrote over the weekend. Not only is it the best song I ever wrote, it's the best song anybody ever wrote. He just said "I don't think we have any problems with that one, Irving. The song established that there could be commercially successful secular Christmas songs  —in this case, written by a Jewish-American songwriter. Ronald D.