Bing Crosby's White Christmas aiming for UK's 2019 Christmas Number 1, 40 years after his death

A new orchestral album of Bing's festive classics will be released in November.

Could 2019 be the year the UK finally sees a White Christmas? A new version of the Bing Crosby's yuletide classic is being released this year - and is throwing its Santa hat in the ring as an early contender for the Official Christmas Number 1. 

The re-worked version of the song, featuring Bing's original vocals backed by the London Symphony Orchestra, will be included on new album Bing At Christmas, out on November 22 and available to pre-order now.

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The album being released via Decca records by widow Kathryn and their children, Harry, Mary and Nathaniel. Other newly-arranged songs on the collection include Winter Wonderland, It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, The Christmas Song and Little Drummer Boy, a collaboration with David Bowie recorded in September 1977, a month before Bing died.

Kathryn said of the record: "Hearing Bing’s voice with these completely new, beautifully recorded, orchestral accompaniments makes it seem as though he’s back after all these years. It’s magic." 

Despite being credited as one of the best-selling songs in the world, including 1.05 million pure sales in the UK, White Christmas has never been a Christmas Number 1, peaking at Number 5 in the UK in December 1977.

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The track has re-entered the UK Top 40 at Christmas for the past two years, thanks to fans streaming the song over the festive period. Since streaming records began in 2014, White Christmas has notched up 28 million plays.

Bing faces some competition on the charts this Christmas, including new releases from Robbie Williams and a posthumous track by George Michael.

Bing At Christmas tracklisting 

1. It's Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas
2. Sleigh Ride
3. Let it Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
4. White Christmas (Feat. Pentatonix)
5. I'll be Home for Christmas
6. Jingle Bells - (Feat. Puppini Sisters)
7. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
8. Do You Hear What I hear
9. The Christmas Song
10. Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy (feat. David Bowie)
11. The Twelve Days of Christmas (Feat. Puppini Sisters)
12. Winter Wonderland
13. The Christmas Song (Feat. The Tenors)
14. White Christmas