Ella Fitzgerald,”Frosty The Snowman”

Wrapping presents just got a whole lot easier with “Red’s Animated Advent Calendar”, a series of animated YouTube videos celebrating the festive season.

Legendary jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald sold over 40 million records and influenced a generation of singers. “Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas” was recorded in the summer of 1960, produced by another jazz legend: Verve Records founder Norman Granz, who doubled as Ella’s manager.

“Frosty The Snowman” was first recorded 10 years earlier by country singing star Gene Autry as a followup to his huge hit “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” a year earlier. Like “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow”, the song makes no reference to Christmas, but it’s become part of our holiday musical tradition.

With snow and cold temps in the forecast for Vancouver this weekend, it’s the perfect time for this swingin’ animated Ella video, directed by Fantoons Animation StudiosLindsay Lee & David Calcano and produced by Linda Otero Tirado for UMe, the global catalog company of Universal Music Group.