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“Do You Hear What I Hear?” By Noël Regeny and Gloria Shayne Baker Was Released During The Cold War

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The Christmas classic was written in 1962. Noël Regeny and Gloria Shayne Baker wrote the song during the Cold War and Cuban Missile Crisis. They were recording in the studio listening to the radio, fearing that nuclear missiles were going to strike.

That’s why they wrote it about the Nativity Story during the war.