Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

Christmas to New Year’s

December 29, 2020

“Christmas to New Years,” recorded in 1951 by The Larks. Lead vocal: Alden (Allen) Bunn.
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If We Make It Through December

December 29, 2020

“If We Make It Through December” written and recorded 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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Presents For Christmas

December 28, 2020

“Presents For Christmas,” recorded by Solomon Burke in 1966.

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A Christmas Twist

December 28, 2020

“A Christmas Twist,” by Si Cranstoun.

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Xmas Done Got Funky

December 28, 2020

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

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Last Christmas

December 28, 2020

“Last Christmas,” written by George Michael, arranged by Scott Bradlee for his Postmodern Jukebox.

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Merry Xmas (Says Your Text Message)

December 27, 2020

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

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Santa Claus Got Stuck in My Chimney

December 27, 2020

“Santa Claus Got Stuck in My Chimney,” written by William D.Hardy and Billy Moore, Jr.  Ella Fitzgerald sings the hokey tune with a sense of innocence in this recording, sounding younger than her years in this 1950 recording, accompanied by The Ink Spots.

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Bob Dylan’s Christmas Polka Party

December 27, 2020

Bob Dylan and friends perform a spirited version of Hal Moore and Bill Fredricks’ “Must Be Santa.” 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, with royalties donated to charity in perpetuity.

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Merry Christmas Baby

December 26, 2020

“Merry Christmas Baby,” written by Lou Baxter and Johnny Moore, performed by Ray Charles at Ettal Abbey in Bavaria in 1979.

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