The classic, “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” was written by Irving Berlin—who also wrote “White Christmas”—in 1937. The tune was first performed in the film On the Avenue, also released the same year. The song is performed by Dick Powell and Alice Faye.
An instrumental version was recordedi n 1946 and became a top ten hit in 1949. With the growing popularity of the song, jazz and pop vocal group The Mills Brother released their version, which also hit the charts.
The song was never meant to become a holiday song, especially since it does not mention Christmas at all. However, the “weather-appropriate” song has made a standard addition to many Christmas albums recorded by popular artists in the later half of the 20th century. Billie Holliday, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Bing Crosby, Rod Stewart, Johnny Mathis and Bette Midler are among the many that have recorded and performed this classic.
Sinatra does a mean version, but if there is ONE recording of this song that can thaw out the coldest of nights and warm you up faster than a mulled cider, it is from Dean Martin. Real smooth, Dino. Just take a peek at his 1959 A Winter Romance album cover. That rascal.