Monday, December 3, 2007

No Carols Allowed For Christmas Crooner’s Family

MIAMI (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Celebrated songwriter Hecky Krasnow wrote many classic Christmas tunes, but his daughter says caroling around the tree was not allowed.

In her book Rudolph, Frosty, and Captain Kangaroo: The Musical Life of Hecky Krasnow - Producer of the World’s Most Beloved Children’s Songs (Santa Monica Press), Judy Gail Krasnow relives a life filled with music, growing up with her ditty dad who brought songs like “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Frosty the Snowman” to the world.

But singing around the Christmas tree was an unacceptable act.

Krasnow says, “We’ve never been allowed to have a tree because we’re Jewish, but we sang the songs all the time. It’s funny that this nice Jewish man wrote these songs that are such a part of Christmas, but we never celebrated.”

Despite this, Krasnow lived an enchanted life.

She says, “My reality was a fantasy world. I even call myself Rudolph’s sister because my dad’s music was such a big part of my life.”

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