"Jingle Bells" copyrighted

"Jingle Bells" was originally copyrighted with the name "One Horse Open Sleigh" on September 16, 1857. The song was first performed on 15 September 1857 at Ordway Hall in Boston by the black-face minstrel performer Johnny Pell. Pierpont's lyrics are strikingly similar to lines from many other sleigh-riding songs that were popular at the time; researcher Kyna Hamill argued that this, along with his constant need for money, led him to compose and release the song solely as a financial enterprise: "Everything about the song is churned out and copied from other people and lines from other songs—there’s nothing original about it."