Frosty the Snowman
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The star of the 1950 pop song "Frosty the Snowman"
Frosty the Snowman is a fictional symbol of winter wonder and holiday cheer. Like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman got his start in a popular song. Written by Walter "Jack" Rollins and Steve Nelson, "Frosty the Snowman" was recorded by country singer Gene Autry in 1950 and then again the same year by comedian Jimmy Durante and crooner Nat King Cole. (Autry had also recorded "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" in 1949.) According to the song, Frosty is a "a jolly happy soul" who comes to life when a magical "old silk hat" is placed on his head. He leads the local children on a merry chase through town before disappearing, saying "don't you cry, I'll be back again some day." The character took hold immediately, with Dell Comics and Little Golden Books releasing Frosty stories in 1951. The jolly critter got a bigger boost in 1969, when CBS TV broadcast an animated Frosty The Snowman special created by Rankin/Bass Productions (the same outfit that produced the hit Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer TV special in 1964). Jimmy Durante narrated the show in what became one of his last performances. The Frosty TV show was replayed every year for decades, and with the song in regular rotation on December playlists, Frosty the Showman has become firmly ensconced as a "holiday favorite."
Comedian Jackie Vernon did the voice of Frosty in the 1969 TV special. Three “Frosty” sequels were later released: Frosty’s Winter Wonderland (1976), Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July (1979) and The Legend of Frosty the Snowman (2005)… In some spellings he is Frosty the Snow Man, with “snow man” as two words.
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