Holiday for Strings (song)

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"Holiday for Strings", written by David Rose,[1] is an instrumental composition best known for its use as the theme song for The Red Skelton Show for over 20 years. Written in 1942, this piece is still recognized today as a classic American composition. The pizzicato strings and soaring melodies give this composition its distinctive sound.[2] [3]

Spike Jones did a version using humorous instruments including a male impersonating a clucking chicken.

Allan Sherman did a version entitled "Holiday for States" mentioning all of the 50 states in the union. (SOURCE: From the Alan Sherman album "Allan in Wonderland" (1964))

George Wright covered the song in his 1984 album Red Hot and Blue.[4]


  1. ^ "David Rose - Holiday For Strings (1942)". YouTube. Retrieved 7 November 2014.
  2. ^ U.S. Copyright Date of Registration 26-3-1942
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  4. ^ DeLay, Tom (January 1985). "For the Records". Theatre Organ. 27 (1): 19. ISSN 0040-5531.