Posts Tagged ‘Christmas songs’

The Season’s Upon Us

December 26, 2018

“The Season’s Upon Us,” by the Boston area’s Dropkick Murphys.

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Christmas at the Airport

December 25, 2018

Nick Lowe’s 2013 Christmas song is based on a real travel experience. Nick recorded a strangely-moving solo acoustic version for Fordham University’s WFUV-FM.

Video: Writer/Director Scott Jacobson; Director of Animation: Matthew I. Jenkins; Animation, Composite and Effects: Travis Fowler, Brendan Davis, Joe Coleman of Bark-Bark.

Nick Lowe website

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Merry Christmas From The Family

December 25, 2018

“Merry Christmas From The Family,” written by Robert Earl Keene, performed here by the Dixie Chicks and Rosie O’Donnell. The songwriter has a good version, too.

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Sweet Little Baby Boy

December 25, 2018

“Sweet Little Baby Boy,” written by James Brown and Nat Jones, recorded by James Brown & the Famous Flames, 1966. Angela Strehli recorded a version in 1983.

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Santa Claus, Go Straight to the Ghetto

December 24, 2018

“Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto,” written by Alfred Ellis, Hank Ballard, and James Brown. Performed by Mr. Brown and his ensemble.

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Ain’t No Chimneys In The Projects

December 24, 2018

“Ain’t No Chimneys In The Projects,” written by Sharon Jones and Bosco Mann (Gabriel Roth), performed by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, released as the Daptone Records 2009 Christmas 45 (DAP-1048). The video was animated and directed by Ryan Louie.

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Twinkle (Little Christmas Lights)

December 23, 2018

“Twinkle (Little Christmas Lights),” written and performed by JD McPherson.

JD McPherson website

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I Want Eddie Fisher for Christmas

December 18, 2018

“I Want Eddie Fisher for Christmas,” written by Joan Javits and Phil Springer, the pair who wrote “Santa Baby.” Recorded by Betty Johnson in 1954.

Eddie Fisher was a dreamy pop idol of the 1950s, Carrie Fisher‘s dad.

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Christmas to New Years

December 29, 2017

“Christmas to New Years,” recorded in 1951 by The Larks. Lead vocal: Alden (Allen) Bunn.

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Mistletoe and Wine

December 28, 2017

Mistletoe and Wine,” written by Jeremy PaulLeslie Stewart and Keith Strachan, performed by British pop singer Sir Cliff Richard, who had a big UK hit with it 1988. The song was originally written for a musical based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Match Girl” and emphasized harsh British class inequality. A re-write turned it into a more conventional holiday song, heard ad nauseum in the UK each yuletide.

More:

“Mistletoe and Wine’s political beginnings,” John McKie, BBC News

“Why Cliff Richard’s Mistletoe and Wine is really a socialist Christmas song,” The Guardian

“The Little Match Girl,” 1986 HTV

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