Frosty the Snowman" (or "Frosty the Snow Man") is a popular song written by Walter "Jack" Rollins and Steve Nelson, and first recorded by Gene Autry and the Cass County Boys in 1950.[1] It was written after the success of Autry's recording of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" the previous year; Rollins and Nelson shipped the new song to Autry, who recorded "Frosty" in search of another seasonal hit. Like "Rudolph", "Frosty" was subsequently adapted to other media including a popular television special.

Frosty the Snowman"
Song by Gene Autry & The Cass County Boys
Released December 14, 1950
Genre Christmas song
Label Columbia Records
Writer Jack Rollins and Steve Nelson

[1]A Little Golden Book storybook edition of the popular song (1950). The illustrator was Corinne Malvern


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The song recounts the fictional tale of a snowman that is magically brought to life through a silk hat that a group of children find and place on his head. Although Frosty enjoys roaming throughout town with the children who constructed him, he runs afoul of a traffic cop and leaves town, promising he will be back again someday.

Although it is generally regarded as a Christmas song, the lyrics make no mention of the holiday. The song supposedly takes place in White Plains, New York, or Armonk, New York; Armonk has a parade dedicated to Frosty annually.[2][3]


Gene Autry version
Chart (1950) Peak
US Pop Singles 7
Nat King Cole version
Chart (1950) Peak
US Pop Singles 9
Perry Como version
Chart (1957) Peak
US Pop Singles 74
Jan and Dean version
Chart (1963) Peak
US Pop Singles 11
Johnny Mathis version
Chart (2003) Peak
US Adult Contemporary 29
Kimberley Locke version
Chart (2007) Peak
US Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 1
Canadian Adult Contemporary 40
Billboard Top AC Songs of 2008 46
Whitney Wolanin version
Chart (2012) Peak
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[4] 13


In 1950, Little Golden Books published Frosty the Snow Man as a children's book, adapted by Annie North Bedford and illustrated by Corinne Malvern.

1954 short film[edit]Edit

In 1954, the UPA studio brought "Frosty" to life in a three-minute animated short which appears regularly on WGN-TV. This production included a bouncy, jazzy a cappella version of the song and a limited animation style reminiscent of UPA's Gerald McBoing-Boing. The short, filmed entirely in black-and-white, has been a perennial WGN-TV Christmas classic, and was broadcast on December 24 and 25, 1955, and every year since, as part of a WGN-TV children's programming retrospective, along with their two other short Christmas classics, "Suzy Snowflake" and "Hardrock, Coco and Joe." The short had previously been telecast annually on WGN's The Bozo Show, along with its two other companion cartoons. The three cartoons are also a tradition on WJAC-TV in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, which not only broadcasts the cartoons on their station, but also makes them available on their website.

1969 Rankin-Bass television special[edit]Edit

Main article: Frosty the Snowman (TV program)In 1969, the Rankin-Bass company, in association with Mushi Production of Japan, produced a thirty-minute animated television special of Frosty the Snowman that featured the voices of comedians Jimmy Durante as narrator and Jackie Vernon as the title character. Paul Frees and June Foray both also voice characters in this animated special directed and written by Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass.[5] This was a story based on the discovery of Frosty the Snowman. Three sequels were produced, Frosty's Winter Wonderland (based upon the song "Winter Wonderland") in 1976, in which Frosty got married, and Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July in 1979, followed by The Legend of Frosty the Snowman in 2005. CBS' own spiritual sequel, Frosty Returns, was broadcast in 1995.

Character ownership[edit]Edit

The Frosty character is owned by both DreamWorks Animation and Warner Bros. Television. The original TV special is part of the classic Rankin/Bass library, which DreamWorks owns, while Warner owns the rights to the original song and some of the special's sequels.

Movie connections[edit]Edit

The version performed by The Ronettes is featured in the film Goodfellas, after the Lufthansa heist scene.

The family film Jack Frost features Michael Keaton's character performing the song at the start of the film.


  1. Jump up ^ Gene Autry, "Frosty the Snowman" Retrieved October 14, 2011
  2. Jump up ^ Liebeskind, Ken (3 December 2011). "Armonk Celebrates Frosty Day Dec. 10". Armonk Daily Voice. Retrieved 24 December 2012. 
  3. Jump up ^ Weisler, Alex (5 December 2012). "Armonk to give Frosty a warm reception". The Journal News. Retrieved 24 December 2012. 
  4. Jump up ^ "Whitney Wolanin Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Whitney Wolanin.
  5. Jump up ^ "Frosty The Snowman @ BCDB". BCDB. 2012-11-16. 

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