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25 Days of Jazzmas: "Silent Night"

Dec 4, 2011

Dinah Washington was at the top of her game in late summer of 1953, when she recorded two songs for a single on Mercury Records. The "A" Side was "Silent Night", and the "B" Side was "The Lord's Prayer". You can get them both on The Complete Dinah Washington On Mercury, Vol. 3: 1952-1954.

Click here to listen to her take on the song, the lyrics of whcih were written in Austria, by the priest Father Joseph Mohr and the melody composed by the Austrian headmaster Franz Gruber. In 1859, Buishop John Freeman Young published the English translation that is most frequently heard today. The version of the melody that is generally sung today differs slightly (particularly in the final strain) from Gruber's original, which was a sprightly, dance-like tune in 6/8 time,as opposed to the slow, meditative version sung by Dinah here.