"A Merry Little Christmas" the Henson Way

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"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" is probably the most famous Christmas song that most people don't realize is from a musical.


The tune was penned by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane for the 1944 M-G-M musical "Meet Me in St. Louis" and first sung by Judy Garland.  Following two separate TV remakes — starring Jane Powell and Shelley Fabares — the show (and the song) finally made it to Broadway in a 1989 staging at the Gershwin Theatre.

Since the '40s, the tune has become a favorite anthem for the holiday season and been recorded and performed by artists of all eras and genres, including Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Whitney Houston, Bing Crosby, Doris Day, Bob Dylan, Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Anne Murray, Patti LuPone, Frankie Avalon, Robert Goulet and Connie Francis.

Add to that list Fozzie Bear, Bert and Ernie. Yes, here are two of our favorite Jim Henson-designed renditions of the song followed by Garland's gorgeous original version.

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