December 3rd – Sleigh Ride


Song: Sleigh Ride
Album: Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas
Performer: Ella Fitzgerald
Writer: Leroy Anderson, Mitchell Parish
Year: 1960

Most everyone has heard the Christmas classic “Sleigh Ride.” The arrangement most commonly played in stores and on the radio is the Leroy Anderson orchestration played by the Boston Pops Orchestra. I have played this arrangement in orchestras multiple times over the years. It’s a mainstay of Christmas playlists, but my personal favorite rendition of the song is sung by the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald along with Russ Garcia and his orchestra offer up a laid back performance of the song that more than lives up to Ella’s gracious offer of a swinging Christmas.