Tuesday Tune: ‘Carol of the Bells’ by Mannheim Steamroller
It’s hard to believe the holidays are right around the corner! Pretty soon, if not already, the wreaths will be hanging in Uptown, the back of any Target store will look like a winter wonderland and you won’t be able to listen to the radio without hearing a Christmas song.
One band that is played every hour on the hour by almost any station with holiday music is Mannheim Steamroller. They’re returning to Belk Theater with Mannheim Steamroller Christmas to celebrate 30 years of Christmas music and 40 years since the first “Fresh Aire” album was released. It’s fun for the whole family, so don’t miss it!
One of my favorite Christmas songs is “Carol of the Bells.” I performed it with multiple choirs during my years as a student, and I own virtually every version recorded. One of the most popular versions is by Mannheim Steamroller. Watch the video below to hear their iconic version of “Carol of the Bells,” and then keep reading while you listen to learn some fun facts about Mannheim Steamroller!
Fun facts about Mannheim Steamroller:
- Mannheim Steamroller has sold more than 40 million albums, making them one of the top 50 best-selling artists in the past two decades.
- Mannheim is the number one Christmas music artist of all time, coming in just ahead of Elvis Presley.
- Since 1984, Mannheim has traveled more than 27 million miles, hung more than 2.6 million square feet of video screen, and booked more than 41,000 hotel rooms in eight different time zones for its annual Christmas tour.
- Mannheim is also the top-selling Halloween music artist to date.
- Founder Chip Davis was named ASCAP’s country music songwriter of the year in 1976.
- Mannheim Steamroller is the only group to ever perform twice at the annual Lighting of the National Christmas Tree Ceremony during the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush presidencies.
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