My Favorite Christmas Songs 2015 #21

“Jingle Bells,” The Singing Dogs, 1955

Today, this tune is dismissed as a kitschy novelty song, but it was actually an experiment from the early days of tape recording. Recording engineer Carl Weisman would routinely have his birdsong recordings ruined by barking dogs, so he spliced the barks together, tweaked their speed and pitch, and made music with them.  This is before the advent of modern editing equipment, so it took some effort.  Jingle Bells was not Mr. Weisman’s first effort, but certainly the best-remembered one.

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