Posts Tagged ‘holiday songs’

Merry Christmas From The Family

December 28, 2021

“Merry Christmas From The Family,” written by Robert Earl Keene, performed here by the Dixie Chicks and Rosie O’Donnell. Here’s how the songwriter does it:

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Shake up Christmas

December 28, 2021

“Shake up Christmas,” written by Butch Walker and Pat Monahan and recorded in 2010 by the latter’s group, Train. Video directed by Lex Halaby.

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Hey Santa Claus

December 28, 2021

“Hey Santa Claus,” written by Harvey Fuqua and recorded in 1953 by his group, The Moonglows. Their manager, DJ Alan Freed, is given co-writer credit on the label, as was the practice (payola). The sax soloist is Red Holloway.

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Bob Dylan’s Christmas Polka Party

December 28, 2021

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

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Please Daddy, Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas

December 28, 2021

“Please Daddy, Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas,” written by Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert, performed here by Alan Jackson. Many people think this song was written by John Denver, who first recorded it. The Decemberists also have a version.

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Christmas Tears

December 27, 2021

“Christmas Tears,” written by S. Thompson, and R.C. Wilson, recorded by Freddie King in 1961. Eric Clapton  performed a powerful version at a Washington DC benefit for the Special Olympics in 1998.

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Christmas is Cancelled

December 27, 2021

“Christmas is Cancelled,” by The Long Blondes (vocalist: Kate Jackson). The lyrics (possibly by guitarist Dorian Cox) are here.

The band distributed free recordings of the song soon after they broke up in December 2008.

Related:

“Why music will miss the Long Blondes,” Priya Elan, The Guardian

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Santa Got Busted By the Border Patrol

December 27, 2021

“Santa Got Busted By the Border Patrol,” by Kevin Fowler. That second voice belongs to Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel.

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Mele Kalikimaka

December 26, 2021

“Mele Kalikimaka,” written by Robert Alex Anderson in 1949, recorded by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters the following year. Honolulu-born Bette Midler also has a good version.

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Merry Xmas (Says Your Text Message)

December 26, 2021

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

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