Jay Livingston & Silver Bells

Jay Livingston (March 28, 1915 – October 17, 2001) was an American composer and singer best known as half of a songwriting duo with Ray Evans that specialized in songs composed for films. Silver Bells is a classic Christmas song, composed by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans. 3.3/5

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A dear friend, Ray Evans, who wrote Que Sera Sera and Silver Bells, etc., with his partner Jay Livingston would be 101 today! Great guy!
Jay Livingston and Ray Evans bitterly divided over whether to use the word "bile" in Silver Bells
"Silver Bells" is a classic Christmas song, composed by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans. "Silver Bells" was first performed by Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell in t...
Written By Kari Jobe Sometimes, holidays can be really difficult. For some, the holidays are a painful reminders of loss. For some, schedules get really overwhelming. And some have really high expectations that Christmas will be the MOST wondrous day of the entire year. Sometimes, it feels like it would be really easy to become cynical and jaded about Christmas. But I know that even in our hectic culture and in every circumstance, we can still experience excitement that Christmas is just around the corner. Written around 1950, the song “Silver Bells” gives us a great opportunity to lean into the excitement of Christmas. The lyrics paint bright and joyful imagery that I love. “Children laughing. People passing, meeting smile after smile.” Jay Livingston, one of the co-writers of this song, was inspired by the bells rung by the Salvation Army volunteers “on every street corner” during the Christmas season. Those bells remind us to be generous. To be others-oriented. To count our blessings, whisp ...
Did you know that Jay Livingston, writer of "Silver Bells" said the song inspiration came partly from Salvation Army ringers?
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