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History of Christmas Carols: Frosty the Snowman

This Frosty the Snowman won't melt.

This Frosty the Snowman won't melt.

If anyone were to ask me what one of my all-time favorite Christmas carols was, I'd have to say Frosty the Snowman. The lyrics are fun and very easy to remember. Who can resist a jolly snowman that comes to life.

When you hear the tune do you start singing along with the words? I know I do.

Even though the word Christmas isn't in the song at all it still conjures up many happy memories of Christmas. Playing in the snow and making our very own Frosty.

How did Frosty the Snowman come about?

Two songwriters by the names of Jack Nelson and Steve Rollins in the winter of 1949-1950 created Frosty the Snowman. It was shortly after Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer had been released in 1949 . Rudolph had sold over 2 million records, and Jack and Steve wanted to write a catchy popular tune that would rake in the dough too. These two song writers thought that if someone could write classic hit like Rudolph, which everyone loved, then they could come up with something seasonal as well. Frosty was more than likely inspired by the first snowfall that season.

Once the song was written it was decided that they'd approach Gene Autry to record it. Why Gene? He was the original singer for Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. In 1950 on December 14th, Frosty the Snowman was released on Columbia Records label and sung by Gene Autry and the Cass County Boys.

As soon as the song was released it became very popular and was loved by all.

Originally the song was titled Frosty the Snow Man.

Frosty the Snowman has been recorded by:

Bing Crosby, the Jackson Five, and others have recorded Frosty the Snowman.

PersonYear RecordedChart Place Peak Position

Gene Autry

1950

US Pop Singles

7

Perry Como

1957

US Pop Singles

74

Johnny Mathis

2003

US Adult Contemporary

29

Kimberley Locke

2007

US Hot Adult Contemporary

1

Frosty The Snowman (1953) The First Animated Classic Cartoon

Frosty the Snowman on Television

In 1969 an animated television show comes to life on December 7th, based on the discover of Frosty, and includes the ever so popular Christmas carol Frosty the Snowman. This has been airing ever since.

Sequels that followed the original show are as follows:

  • Frosty's Winter Wonderland - 1976. Frosty gets married.
  • Rudolph's and Frosty's Christmas in July - 1979
  • Frosty Returns - 1992
  • The Legend of Frosty the Snowman - 2005

Lyrics for Frosty the Snowman

In case you'd like to sing along with the video and have perhaps forgotten some of the words, here are the lyrics.


Frosty The Snowman

Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul,
With a corncob pipe and a button nose
And two eyes made out of coal.
Frosty the snowman is a fairy tale, they say,
He was made of snow but the children
Know how he came to life one day.
There must have been some magic in that
Old silk hat they found.
For when they placed it on his head
He began to dance around.
O, Frosty the snowman
Was alive as he could be,
And the children say he could laugh
And play just the same as you and me.
Thumpetty thump thump,
Thumpety thump thump,
Look at Frosty go.
Thumpetty thump thump,
Thumpety thump thump,
Over the hills of snow.

Frosty the snowman knew
The sun was hot that day,
So he said, "Let's run and
We'll have some fun
Now before I melt away."
Down to the village,
With a broomstick in his hand,
Running here and there all
Around the square saying,
Catch me if you can.
He led them down the streets of town
Right to the traffic cop.
And he only paused a moment when
He heard him holler "Stop!"
For Frosty the snow man
Had to hurry on his way,
But he waved goodbye saying,
"Don't you cry,
I'll be back again some day."
Thumpetty thump thump,
Thumpety thump thump,
Look at Frosty go.
Thumpetty thump thump,
Thumpety thump thump,
Over the hills of snow.


Make Your Very Own Frosty This Winter

This snowman was made by my son and his roommates. He stands eight feet tall. Of course you need enough snow during the winter to make a snowman this large. My son used his parking spot, and after building this big guy realized that if the snowman fell to the right or left it could damage one of the cars.

Frosty in Ontario Canada

This guy stood eight feet high.

This guy stood eight feet high.

Christmas Songs

© 2012 Susan Zutautas

Comments

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 24, 2020:

Suzie, So sorry for the late reply. Not sure if I did or not.

Suzie from Carson City on December 23, 2018:

Poking in on Frosty......to ask if you received my email of 12/19....just send a quick note pls....so I know! Paula

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 09, 2012:

Thanks Audrey!

Audrey Howitt from California on December 08, 2012:

Aww! I was just talking with my husband about this song--what a great article on it! Sharing!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 13, 2012:

Sharyn, Thanks for stopping by even though Christmas is a ways away yet. Glad you enjoyed the history.

Sharon Smith from Northeast Ohio USA on September 12, 2012:

Wow, Christmas is really only about 3 months away. Singing Christmas carols is the only time anyone else will ever hear me sing. That's when I don't care, and I let it out. This was fun. I enjoyed learning the history behind the song.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 22, 2012:

SubRon, Thanks.

tillsontitan, I think Frosty was one of the first Christmas songs I learned. Thank you :)

Ruby, Hearing Bing Crosby singing White Christmas gives me goosebumps. Glad you enjoyed the hub.

Brenda, Thanks so much. There is one other Christmas song that makes me want to dance, and that's "Bruce" singing Santa Claus is Coming to Town. I'm sure it's one of your favorites too :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 21, 2012:

Alicia, They ended up taking the snowman down after a few days as they were afraid that it would damage one of the cars on either side.

robie, Thanks :)

Frank, Burl Ives did record Frosty as well. So many artists have.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 21, 2012:

unknown spy, Thanks for reading and for commenting.

Tammy, Burl Ives is wonderful. Thanks.

Cardisa, I'm surprised that you've never heard about Frosty before. He's such a cute snowman :)

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on August 21, 2012:

We love Frosty also and even watch the movie during the summer. Maybe we will read the story at bedtime tonight. You did a great job teaching your readers about Mr. Frosty. Thanks for a fun time.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on August 21, 2012:

I love Christmas songs, My favorite, ' White Christmas ' The snowman picture is awesome. This was a fun Hub, enjoyed..

Mary Craig from New York on August 21, 2012:

You can't go wrong with anything Christmas and you picked a really good one! Everyone loves carols and especially Frosty. Children sing it from the time they can talk! This was a really nice hub.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

James W. Nelson from eastern North Dakota on August 20, 2012:

You really took me back, Susan, this is an enchanting hub. Back in the fifties (the good old days) is when the classics became classics. I chose Little Drummer Boy, but Mommy Kissing Santa Clause would have been next. Thanks for the memories!

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on August 20, 2012:

Gene Autry sung Frosty? for some odd reason I thought it was Burl Ives... hmm well I learned something new I should have justaskedsusan huh? LOL thanks sue

Roberta Kyle from Central New Jersey on August 20, 2012:

Olove Christmas carols and Christmas music. Frosty the Snowman brings back so many great memories-- and I love the pictures too.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on August 20, 2012:

Thanks for this information, Susan. Christmas carols and songs are such an enjoyable part of the Christmas season. It's interesting to learn about their background. I love the photo of your son's snowman. He looks like he was great fun to build!

Carolee Samuda from Jamaica on August 20, 2012:

I love Christmas carols but my fave is O Holy Night. I don't know Frosty The Snowman, thanks for introducing him to me.

Tammy from North Carolina on August 20, 2012:

This is really interesting. Christmas carols are a collection of the best tunes all around the world and I love learning about them. I am a HUGE fan of Burl Ives and his carols too. Frosty the Snowman brings back some good old memories. Great hub!

Life Under Construction from Neverland on August 20, 2012:

i love all the song in your list Susan. And it was so nice to know about Frosty the Snowman :)

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on August 19, 2012:

Funny, the whole family has been up in arms about the origins of Frosty all week. :)) Seriously, good report. thanks

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on August 19, 2012:

When I was little Drummer Boy was my favorite - Carol the Bells is my grown up fav:) I loved the history in the songs!

Claudia Mitchell on August 19, 2012:

I love Christmas Carols and who knew the history of them. This was a really interesting hub!

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