Ray Evans, lyricist of the classic Christmas song "Silver Bells," has passed away.
Evans and composer Jay Livingston wrote the song for the Bob Hope film THE LEMON DROP KID (1951).
The team cowrote many other hit songs, including standards such as "Mona Lisa" and "Que Sera, Sera."
Livingston died in 2001.
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"Silver Bells" is my favorite non-religious Christmas song, along with (of course) "White Christmas." We are all fortunate to be able to enjoy Evans' and Livingston's many contributions to the Great American Songbook.