So, who’s Leroy Anderson? Well, our Leroy (1908 - 1975) is the bloke who penned this little tune during a heat wave in 1946, he finished it in ’48 but the lyrics were penned – brilliantly, it must be said - by someone entirely different , one Mitchell Parish in 1950. It was him that hit on the idea of a ride in the snow and so associated the song with December from then on.
Anderson – whose ‘The Typewriter’ album is well worth a listen – was a light orchestral leader who wrote dozens of top tunes including ‘Blue Tango’, the world’s first ever million seller, most of which you will claim you’ve never heard before until you actually hear them and then you’ll say “oh, so that’s.....” as many are used as incidental music for adverts and shows.
Similarly, you’ll have heard this instrumental version by Anderson himself before. It’s all rather jolly and should send you all up into the loft. Be careful up there!