We all should have an Uncle Tony. Indeed, many of us have an uncle or two who loves to sing. Tony Russo is the kind of guy who harkens back to another era when crooners ruled the charts. Upon listening to him sing “The Christmas Song,” I immediately thought of Tony Bennett, another Tony, whom he reminded of, as well as Nat “King” Cole, who made the definitive version of this classic Christmas song.
Tony Russo hails from Syracuse, New York. There he sings jazz and adult contemporary songs, complete with his warm, engaging tone. As a music maker, he not only sings but can play guitar and fiddle as well. If you ask, he’ll tell you he has been in show business all of his life and that music is his passion.
The Christmas Song
Besides “The Christmas Song,” you can hear the crooner tackle classics like “The Summer Wind,” “What A Wonderful World,” and “Sway” on his website. Be sure to check out his version of “Return To Me.” His voice is just right for that one!
Every December, people listen to holiday songs. “The Christmas Song,” which Tony croons, is also known as “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire.” Originally, it was known as “Merry Christmas to You.” Frankly, I think most people just call it “Chestnuts.” The song came about back in 1945 when Bob Wells and singer Mel Torme wrote it. Interestingly, “Chestnuts” was written during a blistering hot summer!
The Nat “King” Cole Trio first recorded “Chestnuts” in 1946. Cole re-recorded it several times. His 1961 version is the one that’s generally regarded as definitive.
As you’d imagine, the song is covered by many artists. Tony Russo does a nice job with it. You can also hear him singing “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” here.