Famous Pipe Smokers: Frosty the Snowman

by Micah Redmond

Frosty the Snowman

A big part of the Christmas holiday season are songs and movies that most of us started watching when we were kids. Many of these songs and movies have been popular for generations and have been a big part of many families' holiday traditions. One of the most enduring characters from these songs and movies is also a pipe guy. Famous for his corn cob pipe, Frosty the Snowman has been ringing in the holiday season since 1950. Frosty the Snowman was at first a song and quickly found his way into children's books and TV movies. The original song was written by Walter Rollins and Steven Nelson and was first recorded by Gene Autry and the Cass County Boys in 1950. Frosty became popular very quickly with three other versions of the song by Jimmy Durante, Nat King Cole, and Guy Lombardo, a Little Golden Book, and a short TV movie all coming to market in 1950. Frosty's popularity continued with a new TV movie released in 1969. This version of Frosty the Snowman would continue to be popular for decades and a number of spinoffs and sequels would follow well into the 2000s. This magical snowman, and his corn cob pipe, has probably been the most popular and famous Christmas character after Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the big man himself, Santa Claus, for almost 70 years.