‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ has lost its touch with audiences nowadays, but Dean Martin’s daughter, Deana, says she won’t stop singing the classic song in front of her audiences.
Deana Martin tells us that “‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ is a cute, flirty romantic song, which was already written by Frank Loesser in 1944. A few years later in 1949, it won an Oscar for ‘Best Original Song’ with the film ‘Neptune’s Daughter’. Over the next 60 years, it would be covered by quite a few of the world’s best artists, including my father, Dean Martin. This song was on his hugely successful album from 1959, called ‘Winter Romance’. That’s why I’m so proud of the ‘evergreen favorite’ that’s played every year during the holidays.”
“Personally, I love performing this song and I will continue to do so.” Her father, Dean, died at the age of 78 in 1995 of acute respiratory problems. Since then, Deana has taken her father’s legacy with her.
The song became controversial during the holidays when a radio station in American Ohio took it off the lineup when a listener reacted indignantly to its lyrics. According to Fox 8, WDOK Christmas 102.1 took the record out of the selection because, in 2018, it is no longer appropriate to play records from the ’40s’. Radio DJ, Desiray, responded, “It wasn’t really our choice as a station, but more the choice of our listeners”.
“People can say that #MeToo has had enough attention, but if you put that aside and listen to the lyrics, it doesn’t describe a situation I want my daughter to end up in,” the host clarifies. “The tune may be catchy, but maybe we shouldn’t promote such ideas after all”.
The discussion about whether or not the lyrics of ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ are appropriate has been going on for years. A woman sings, “I really can’t stay,” to which a man responds, “But baby, it’s cold outside.” A little later the woman sings again, “Say what’s in this drink?”, “The answer is no” and “I’ve gotta get home.”
USA Today reported last Wednesday that radio stations in Northern California have asked their audiences what they think. After the removal, a San Francisco-based station also caught up with the radio hit they banned from their website, but that caused angry reactions from the listeners who wanted the song back.
“The result of the poll was a marked 95% in favor of the song and the tradition of playing all of our favorite songs during the holidays,” said program director of KOSI 101.1, Jim Lawson. “We really want to listen to those who are worried about certain lyrics, but in the end, the majority of our listeners have indicated that they don’t find the song offensive”.