Posts Tagged ‘Christmas songs’

Santa Claus, Go Straight To The Ghetto

December 24, 2020

“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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Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town

December 24, 2020

“Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” written in 1934 by John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie, performed by Bruce Springsteen at C.W. Post College, 1975.

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Santa Baby

December 21, 2020

“Santa Baby!” written by Joan Javits and Philip Springer. The original 1953 recording by Eartha Kitt, with Henri René and his orchestra.

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I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas

December 21, 2020

“I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas,” written by John J. Rox (John Herring), recorded by 10-year-old Gayla Peevey of Ponca City, Oklahoma, 1953. This recording reached number 24 on Billboard.

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I Want to Come Home for Christmas

December 18, 2020

“I Want to Come Home for Christmas,” written by Forrest Hairston and Marvin Gaye, recorded and produced by Mr. Gaye in 1972. While there were other R&B Christmas songs about the Vietnam conflict, this may be the only one written from the POW point-of -view. The recording was not released until after Marvin Gaye’s death.

2020 note: Stay the hell home this Christmas. COVID-19 is not an appropriate yuletide gift.

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I Want Eddie Fisher for Christmas

December 17, 2020

“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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Bob Dylan’s Christmas Polka Party

December 28, 2019

Bob Dylan and friends perform a spirited version of  Hal Moore and Bill Fredricks’ “Must Be Santa” on his Christmas album. The tune was also recorded by Mitch Miller in 1961 and Lorne Greene (with a kiddie choir) in 1966. The hilarious British attempt by Tommy Steele, OBE is more Music Hall than polka.

Brave Combo’s spirited “Dyno” (“push”) version of the tune may have been Dylan’s inspiration.

This track is included in the Christmas in the Heart recording, and royalties will be donated to charity in perpetuity.

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It’s Christmas Time for Everyone But Me

December 27, 2019

“It’s Christmas Time for Everyone But Me,” written by Dixie Deen and Ray King, best known for their truck driving songs, performed here by Buck Owens, king of the Bakersfield Sound. Don’t get confused by the Hank Ballard R&B tune of the same name.
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Xmas Done Got Funky

December 26, 2019

“Xmas Done Got Funky,” by Jimmy Jules (Charley C. Julien) & Nuclear Soul System, with Jackie Spencer.

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Merry Xmas (Says Your Text Message)

December 26, 2019

“Merry Xmas (Says Your Text Message),” written by Dan Kurtz and Martina Sorbara, performed by them with their band, Dragonette.

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