The Supremes’ version of ‘My Favorite Things’ has been given a new animated music video treatment especially for the festive season. You can check it out below.
Reflecting the joy and wonder of Christmas morning, the new video features a young girl almost bursting with excitement at the thought of opening her festive gifts, with her Christmas wishes mirroring the lyrics of the song and its references to “raindrops on roses”, “whiskers on kittens” and “silver white winters that melt into spring.”
The much-loved ‘My Favorite Things’ is a show tune from the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music. In the original Broadway production, the song was introduced by Mary Martin playing Maria and Patricia Neway playing Mother Abbess. Julie Andrews, who played Maria in the 1965 film version of the musical, had previously sung the song on the 1961 Christmas special for The Garry Moore Show.
In the musical, the lyrics to the song are a reference to things Maria loves, such as “whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens”. These are the things she selects to fill her mind with when times are bad.
The Supremes’ sleigh bell-enhanced version of ‘My Favorite Things’ originally featured on Merry Christmas, the Motown legends’ seventh album, released in 1965. The album, produced by Harvey Fuqua, also includes recordings of familiar Christmas songs such as ‘White Christmas’, ‘Santa Claus Is Coming to Town’ and ‘Joy to the World’.
Merry Christmas, issued by Motown the same day as the live recording The Supremes at the Copa, was the only holiday album released by the Supremes. They charted 4 albums in 1965 with one hitting the Top 10 of the Billboard Top 200 album chart and this hitting the Top 10 of the Billboard Holiday Album Chart. (It also made the Cashbox Top 10).
The Supremes’ version of ‘My Favorite Things,’ has become popular. It was featured in the 2018 film The Grinch and garners a lot of airplay on the radio during the Holiday Season.