Frosty the snowman
by Walter "Jack" Rollins and Steve Nelson
Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul
With a corn cob pipe and a button nose
And two eyes made of coal
Frosty the snowman is a fairy tale, they say
There must have been some magic in
Frosty the snowman was alive as he could be
Frosty the snowman knew the sun was hot that day
He led them down the streets of town
Frosty the snowman
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"Frosty the Snowman" (or "Frosty the Snow Man") is a popular Christmas song written by Walter "Jack" Rollins and Steve Nelson, and first recorded by Gene Autry and the Cass County Boys in 1950. It was written after the success of Autry's recording of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" the previous year; Rollins and Nelson shipped the new song to Autry, who recorded "Frosty" in search of another seasonal hit. Like "Rudolph", "Frosty" was subsequently adapted to other media including a popular television special by Rankin/Bass Productions (formerly known as Videocraft International), Frosty the Snowman. The ancillary rights to the Frosty the Snowman character are owned by Warner Bros., but due to the prominence of the TV special, merchandising of the character is generally licensed in tandem with that special's current owners, DreamWorks Classics.
Walter E. "Jack" Rollins (September 15, 1906 - January 1, 1973) was an American musician of Keyser, West Virginia. He co-wrote "Here Comes Peter Cottontail," used in the Easter special of the same name, in 1949, and "Frosty the Snowman" in 1950. Jack Rollins also wrote "Smokey the Bear" for the public-service mascot Smokey Bear, and co-wrote many country songs for artists such as Hank Snow, George Jones and Eddy Arnold.
Rollins died on January 1, 1973, and is buried in Queens Point Memorial Cemetery in Keyser.
Steve Nelson was a disc jockey, radio producer and singer, he co-writer a number of songs with jack Rollins, including "Frosty the Snowman" and "Here Comes Peter Cottontail".