Leroy Anderson lived from 1908 to 1975. And he wasn?t just brilliant at music. Having been born in Cambridge, MA of Swedish parents, he already had those two languages growing up. He went on to master Danish, Norwegian, Icelandic, German, French, Italian, and Portuguese. He did pretty well at a language called music, too.

A varied career, including everything from arranging for Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra in the ?30s, to writing an Icelandic grammar for the army while stationed there during WWII, eventually landed him in Woodbury, Connecticut, in the summer of 1946. It was there, during a heat wave no less, that he composed ?Sleigh Ride.? It was premiered by the Pops, conducted by Arthur Fiedler, in 1948. The rest, as they say, is history.

The words are by Mitchell Parish, who has a few other minor lyrics to his credit: ?Stardust,? ?Sweet Lorraine,? and ?Sophisticated Lady? to drop but three names.

The Polyjesters recorded their lovely version here in our WKSU / studios. At you will soon be able to hear a full interview with other songs performed at that same October, 2007 session.