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Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
"Jingle Bells"
 
"JINGLE BELLS" Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, February 2008
1. "JINGLE BELLS" Marker
 
Inscription. James L. Pierpont (1822-1893), composer of "Jingle Bells", served as music director of this church in the 1850s when it was a Unitarian Church located on Oglethorpe Square. Son of the noted Boston reformer, Rev. John Pierpont, he was the brother of Rev. John Pierpont, Jr. minister of this church, and uncle of financier John Pierpont Morgan. He married Eliza Jane Purse, daughter of Savannah mayor Thomas Purse, and served with a Confederate cavalry regiment. He is buried in Laurel Grove Cemetery. A prolific song-writer, his best known "Jingle Bells" is world famous.
 
Location. 32° 4.351′ N, 81° 5.389′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker is on Habersham Street near Macon Street, on the left. Click for map. Located across from Troup Square. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Beach Institute (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home (about 500 feet away); Cathedral of St. John the Baptist (about 600 feet away); St. Vincent`s Academy (about 700 feet away); Marist Place (about 700 feet away); Colonial Dames House (approx. 0.2 miles away); James Johnston (approx. 0.2 miles away); Duellist's Grave (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Savannah.
 
"Jingle Bells" Marker at Troup Square, Savannah Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, 2008
2. "Jingle Bells" Marker at Troup Square, Savannah
 

 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This marker is where “Jingle Bells” was actually composed.
 
Also see . . .  Hymns & Carols of Christmas. James Lord Pierpont (Submitted on February 29, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Additional comments.
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"Jingle Bells" was first recorded by the Edison Male Quartette in 1898 on an Edison cylinder as part of a Christmas medley entitled "Sleigh Ride Party". In 1902, the Hayden Quartet recorded "Jingle Bells".


In 1943, Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters recorded "Jingle Bells" as Decca 23281 which reached No. 19 on the charts and sold over a million copies. In 1941, Glenn Miller and His Orchestra with Tex Beneke, Marion Hutton, Ernie Caceres and the Modernaires on vocals had a No. 5 hit with "Jingle Bells" on RCA Victor, as Bluebird 11353. In 1935, Benny Goodman and His Orchestra reached No. 18 on the charts with their recording of "Jingle Bells". In 1951, Les Paul had a No. 10 hit with a multi-tracked version on guitar. In 1955, Don Charles, from Copenhagen, Denmark, recorded a novelty version with dogs barking to the melody of "Jingle Bells" as RCA 6344, which sold a million copies. In 1966, Dean Martin recorded the song for "The Dean Martin Christmas Album". A version credited
 
"Jingle Bells" Marker, at right Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, November 23, 2008
3. "Jingle Bells" Marker, at right
The Unitarian Church in background
 
simply to "St. Nick" called "Jingle Bells (Laughing All the Way)" features someone laughing (rather than singing) the entire song.

"Jingle Bells" has been performed and recorded by Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck, Count Basie, Drake Bell, Ray Brown, Oscar Peterson, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, The Hoppers, En Vogue, Boney M, Longines Symphonette and Ann Hampton Callaway, Basshunter, Diana Krall, The Brian Setzer Orchestra, among many others. In 2006, Kimberley Locke had a No. 1 hit on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart with a recording of "Jingle Bells". A recording by Tony Bennett appeared on a special edition of A Swingin' Christmas (2008), exclusive to the retailer Bloomingdales.

First song in outer space
"Jingle Bells" was the first song broadcast from space, in a Christmas-themed prank by Gemini 6 astronauts Tom Stafford and Wally Schirra. While in space on December 16, 1965, they sent this report to Mission Control: "We have an object, looks like a satellite going from north to south, probably in polar orbit... I see a command module and eight smaller modules in front. The pilot of the command module is wearing a red suit...." The astronauts then produced a smuggled harmonica and sleighbells and broadcast a rendition of "Jingle Bells." The harmonica, shown to the press upon their return, was a Hohner "Little
 
"JINGLE BELLS" The Unitarian Church Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, February 2008
4. "JINGLE BELLS" The Unitarian Church
The Unitarian Church is a small building on Troup Square between East Harris and East Macon Streets. The front of the church faces Habersham Street. The first congregation disbanded during The War Between TheStates because their abolitionist doctrines ran against the sentiment of the town. The building was used as St. Stephen’s Parish and later became the Savannah Baptist Center. In 1997 the Unitarians reclaimed their original structure, picking up where they left off 137 years earlier. The congregation enjoyed the music of the choirmaster, James L. Pierpont, a transplanted northerner, who composed the classic holiday song “Jingle Bells”.
 
Lady", a tiny harmonica approximately one inch long, by 3/8 of an inch wide.(excerpt Wikipedia)
    — Submitted December 24, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
 
James L Pierpoint Grave at Laurel Grove Cemetery, Savannah Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, August 2008
5. James L Pierpoint Grave at Laurel Grove Cemetery, Savannah
 
 
Unitarian Church Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, April 23, 2005
6. Unitarian Church
 
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