Swing and Beyond tells of how, on an "excessively hot" afternoon in the Summer of 1945, singer Mel Torme drove to Bob Wells' house in the San Fernando Valley. He walked into the house, and found the following words written on a pad resting on the piano:
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire
Jack Frost nipping at your nose
Yuletide carols being sung by a choir
And folks dressed up like Eskimos
When Wells appeared, Torme asked him about the little poem. It was so hot, Wells said "I thought I’d write something to cool myself off. All I could think of was Christmas and cold weather." Torme said "This might make a song." A year later, Nat King Cole recorded "The Christmas Song," and the rest is musical history.