Posts Tagged ‘holiday songs’

New Years Resolution

January 1, 2020

“New Years Resolution,” written by Stax Records staffers Randle CatronWillie Dean “Deanie” Parker Catron, and Mary Frierson, recorded by Otis Redding and Carla Thomas in 1967.

Related:

Stax Museum website

“Rudyard Kipling’s Little-Known Poem on New Year’s Resolutions,” Ellen C. Caldwell, JSTOR Daily

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Another Year On The Rocks

December 31, 2019

“Another Year On The Rocks,” by Down by Fire from Phoenix, Arizona.

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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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Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem

December 25, 2019

“Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem,” written by Arthur L. Phipps, performed by Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys.

The Judds also have an excellent version.

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Joy To The World

December 25, 2019

“Joy To The World,” performed by Sufjan Stevens. The lyrics, by Isaac Watts, are based on Psalm 98, and were set to music by Lowell Mason in 1839.

Sufjan Stevens website.

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Twinkle (Little Christmas Lights)

December 24, 2019

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

JD McPherson website

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Everybody’s Waitin’ for the Man With the Bag

December 24, 2019

“(Everybody’s Waitin’ for) The Man With The Bag,” written by Irving Taylor, Dudley Brooks, and Hal Stanley, recorded by Kay Starr in 1950. Jane Krakowski and The Roots performed the song live on a 2009 NBC Christmas special.

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