‘Frosty the Snowman’

Though it might seem as though it’s been around forever, the beloved holiday song “Frosty the Snowman” actually wasn’t produced until 1950.

Written by Jack Rollins and Steve Nelson, the song was first recorded by legendary country singer Jack Autry and the Cass County Boys.

Once they finished penning the now classic Christmas tune, Rollins and Nelson shipped the lyrics to Autry, who just a year earlier achieved great success with another holiday favorite, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.”

While Autry’s version remained the most successful, and arguably most recognizable, version of “Frosty” for many years, its success in terms of charting was actually outdone just a year ago.

The peak position for Autry’s original version on the U.S. Pop Singles chart was No. 7 back in 1950. However, the 2007 rendition by former American Idol participant Kimberly Locke reached No. 1 on the Billboard U.S. Hot Adult Contemporary chart.

The television adaptation of “Frosty the Snowman” remains a staple of the television schedule each holiday season.

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