Jimmy Collins (1870 - 1943) was a professional baseball player who was widely regarded as being the best third baseman prior to the Second World War. Collins led the Boston Americans to their first American League pennant in 1903 and again in 1904, the latter time with Collins batting .271 and leading the league in putouts for the fifth time in eight seasons.
This song, with lyrics written by curator of the Boston Sports Museum Richard Johnson, tells the story of Collin's wake in Buffalo, New York. Johnson explained the story behind the song: "A collector friend of mine told of meeting the nephew of former Boston Americans player/manager Jimmy Collins in Buffalo and how the now elderly gent recalled his uncle's wake in 1943. Apparently several of Collins' teammates made the trip to the house where he was laid out in the parlor, and after a few drinks and songs they propped him up in the casket and carefully placed in his stiff hands the silver trophy Boston fans had given him as an expression of their gratitude for the 1904 pennant."
"White "Christmas" was so popular that Bing had to re-record the song five years after the original 1942 recording because the original masters had been worn out from all the pressings. This is the version that became a holiday tradition.
The lyrics for Lesley Gore's "It's My Party" were based on actual events relating to his daughter Judy's sweet 16 party. The teenager threw a tantrum and burst into tears when her mum and dad insisted that her grandparents had to be invited.