The composer had formed the original idea for the piece during a heat wave in July , and he finished the work in February The original recordings were instrumental versions. The lyrics, about riding in a sleigh and other fun wintertime activities, were written by Mitchell Parish in The 45 rpm version was originally issued on red vinyl. The Pops have also recorded the song with John Williams , their conductor from to , and Keith Lockhart , their current conductor.
American singer and songwriter Gwen Stefani recorded a cover in October for the reissued deluxe edition of her fourth studio album, You Make It Feel Like Christmas Leroy Anderson's own recording of "Sleigh Ride" on Decca 45 rpm and 78 rpm reached Cashbox magazine 's bestsellers chart when re-released in The main melody of "Sleigh Ride" was used, but without crediting Anderson, as the main theme of Victor Young 's score for the western Streets of Laredo.
Mitchell Parish worked with Young at this approximate time, writing the lyrics for Young's version of Hoagy Carmichael 's previously instrumental " Stardust. Although "Sleigh Ride" is often associated with Christmas and appears on Christmas compilation albums, its lyrics do not mention any holidays.
Certain recordings, such as those by the Carpenters , Walter Schumann , and Air Supply , substitute "Christmas party" for "birthday party" in the song's bridge. The song is noted for the sounds of a horse clip-clopping, and a whip used to get the horse moving. In most performances, a percussionist provides these sounds on temple blocks and a slapstick or occasionally, drum rim shots , respectively. Toward the end of the piece, a trumpet imitates the sound of a horse whinnying.
Anderson's recording remains the most popular instrumental version, while Johnny Mathis 's has become the most popular vocal version. The difficulty of singing this [ citation needed ] has caused several recordings to alter the harmonies or omit this section altogether, as in Phil Spector 's production of the Ronettes 's version. The Phil Spector -produced recording has become the most popular version outside the traditional pop standard genre, charting yearly in Billboard ' s Top Ten U.
Holiday and was 26 in in the Hot It features the well-known "Ring-a-ling-a-ling, ding-dong-ding" background vocals, and the clip-clop and whinny of a horse at its beginning and end. Both Bridge sections were omitted from this version, leaving only the refrains intact. The song was also featured in the episode Holidays of Future Passed from the American comedy The Simpsons , during a scene involving a compilation of Christmas cards. Stefani released her fourth studio album, You Make It Feel Like Christmas through Interscope Records , on October 6, , a collection of six original songs and six cover versions of Christmas standards.
It is expected to appear as the eighteenth track on an upcoming reissue of You Make It Feel Like Christmas , due for release later in Stefani's version of "Sleigh Ride" has been described as a holiday-themed song with a "lushly"-arranged orchestra.
The song uses various forms of instrumentation in its production, and was supported by orchestral arrangements; Kutzle and Grant Pittman play keyboards, Luke Sullivant performs on both acoustic guitar and electric guitar, Matt Melton plays bass, Paul Nelson plays the cello, Jon Hyrkas plays drums, and Collins is credited as the song's strings contractor.
Sophie Smith from the entertainment website uDiscover Music was positive about Stefani's cover, calling it a "cheery" and "festive" new track.
Credits adapted from AllMusic. It is sometimes mistakenly attributed to Wolfgang's father, Leopold Mozart , whose own Divertimento in F major is popularly known as "Musical Sleigh Ride". Christmas carol expert William Studwell wrote that Prokofiev's work was "even better" than "Sleigh Ride", having a more "exhilarating" style and imagery.
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