Nothing For Christmas

December 8, 2016

“Nothing For Christmas,” By New Found Glory.

Christmas is coming, so don’t buy me nothing.
I got what I wanted, I got what I needed.
And Christmas is coming, so don’t buy me anything.
I got what I wanted, I got what I needed, it’s you ….

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Christmas Shopping

December 8, 2016

“Christmas Shopping,” written and performed by Buck Owens & His Buckaroos. Recorded in 1968.

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I’m Gettin Nuttin’ for Christmas

December 8, 2016

“I’m Gettin Nuttin’ for Christmas,” a novelty song written by Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett, recorded by Spike Jones and his City Slickers. The team of Tepper and Bennett wrote nearly 300 songs between 1945 and 1970, and they were recorded by artists from Guy Lombardo to Elvis.

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Five Pound Box Of Money

December 7, 2016

“Five Pound Box Of Money,” written by Jack Barker and Pearl Bailey, sung (and narrated) by Ms. Bailey in 1959.

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I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas

December 7, 2016

10-year-old Gayla Peevey of Ponca City, Oklahoma sings her big hit “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas,” written by John J. Rox (John Herring). Ms. Peevey’s 1953 recording of the song reached number 24 on Billboard. The clip above is from “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

Gayla Peevey official website.

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Christmas Dreaming

December 6, 2016

“Christmas Dreaming,” written by Irving Gordon and Lester Lee, arranged and conducted by Axel Stordahl for vocalist Frank Sinatra. The song’s original title is “I’m Doing My Christmas Dreaming Early This Year.” Mr. Sinatra recorded it in 1947 — fittingly, in July.

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If We Make It Through December

December 6, 2016

“If We Make It Through December” written and performed by Merle Haggard, 1973. Johnny Gimble on fiddle, Bobby Wayne on lead guitar.

“I got laid off down at the factory
And their timing’s not the greatest in the world
Heaven knows I been workin’ hard
I wanted Christmas to be right for daddy’s girl
Now I don’t mean to hate December
It’s meant to be the happy time of year
And why my little girl don’t understand
Why daddy can’t afford no Christmas here.”

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Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)

December 5, 2016

Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me),” written by Aaron Schroeder and Claude Demetrius, performed by The Smithereens. It was originally recorded in 1957 by Elvis Presley, backed by The Jordanaires. The tune has been covered by many other artists including Mae West.

Related:

“Santa’s Privacy Policy,” Laurence Hughes, McSweeney’s

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It’s Beginning ….

December 5, 2016

It’s Beginning ….
On the shelves of Retail America, it began to look like Christmas the day after Halloween. The perfume and electric shaver ads began appearing a few weeks later, and we’ve already had two weeks of commercial-heavy seasonal TV specials. Try to dig yourself out of the blizzard of consumerist frenzy.
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Equinox

December 4, 2016

“Equinox,” written by John Coltrane, recorded in 1960. Released on Coltrane’s Sound in 1964.

John Coltrane (tenor sax), McCoy Tyner (piano), Steve Davis (bass), Elvin Jones (drums).

Official John Coltrane website.

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