Jimmy Webb, Frank Sinatra & The Supremes

Today is the 98th anniversary of the birth of Frank Sinatra. As a youth, Sinatra was often playing throughout year — but especially during the Christmas season (still in the rotation today).

Back in 1968, Sinatra recorded “Whatever Happened To Christmas” written by an up and coming songwriter named Jimmy Webb ( from the album Sinatra Family Wish You A Merry Christmas). Webb had already found success as a songwriter penning “Up, Up & Away” and “The Worst That Could Happen” for the 5th Dimension and “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” for Glen Campbell (not a bad start).

In a 2005 Wall Street Journal article Webb describes hearing the Sinatra recording for the first time:

“A couple of Christmases ago I was driving along and a song came on called ‘Whatever Happened to Christmas?’ which I had almost forgotten. I sat and listened and tears came to my eyes — he and arranger Don Costa had done such a wonderful job with my song. It was an epiphany. Saying, in effect, ‘I thought highly of you.’”

By the way, the first ever recording of a Jimmy Webb song was indeed a Christmas tune, “My Christmas Tree,” by the Supremes (1965). Both songs below.

Frank Sinatra – Whatever Happened To Christmas

The Supremes – My Christmas Tree

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  1. […] The Christmas music we listened to was a varied as what was played throughout the year (see my December 12 post for […]


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