Posts Tagged ‘holiday songs’

Another Year On The Rocks

December 31, 2018

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

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The Season’s Upon Us

December 26, 2018

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

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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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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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New Years Resolution

December 31, 2017

“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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What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

December 30, 2017

“What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?”was written in 1947 by Frank Loesser, and became a hit R&B record for The Orioles two years later.

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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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