Posts Tagged ‘music’

My Boyfriend’s Coming Home For Christmas

December 11, 2017

“My Boyfriend’s Coming Home For Christmas,” written and performed by Toni Wine, a prodigious Brill Building songwriter and uncredited session backup singer on many rock and pop hits. She wrote and recorded this holiday tune in 1963, when she was 16 years old. Ms. Wine later left New York for Memphis, where she worked with (and married) record producer Chips Moman.

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Everything’s Gonna Be Cool This Christmas

December 10, 2017

“Everything’s Gonna Be Cool This Christmas”, written by Mark Oliver Everett, recorded by his group Eels. This is an acoustic version of the brisk full-band electric rendition. Both are featured in the soundtrack of the film “Unaccompanied Minors.”

Lyrics here.

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If We Make It Through December

December 10, 2017

“If We Make It Through December” written and performed 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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All I Want is Truth (for Christmas)

December 9, 2017

“All I Want is Truth (for Christmas),” written and performed by Laura Burhenn with her band The Mynabirds.

Laura Burhenn @ TEDx

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I Want You for Christmas

December 9, 2017

“I Want You For Christmas,” written by Sam H. Stept with lyrics by Ned Washington and Charles Tobias, recorded by Mae Questel in 1937. Ms. Questel is best known as the voice of Betty Boop and Olive Oyl in cartoons.

More:

“Mae Questel: A Reminiscence, History and Perspective,” Andrew J. Lederer, Animation World Network

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It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas

December 9, 2017

“It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas,” written by Meredith Willson, and recorded by Perry Como and The Fontane Sisters with Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra in 1951. You probably know this as “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” the first line.

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Elvis français a quitté le bâtiment.

December 7, 2017

Elvis français a quitté le bâtiment. Johnny Hallyday, the “French Elvis,” has left the building. He died Wednesday at age 74. He was best known for his versions of American pop hits with French lyrics.

More:

“Johnny Hallyday, Gallic rocker worshiped as the ‘French Elvis,’ dies at 74,” Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times

“Johnny Hallyday, the Elvis Presley of France, Is Dead at 74,” William Grimes, New York Times

“The Untranslatable French Love for Johnny Hallyday,” Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker

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Just Like Heaven

December 3, 2017

“Just Like Heaven,” performed by Katie Melua with the Gori Women’s Choir. Katie Melua (lead vocal, guitar), Tim Harries (double bass), Joel Harries (percussion), David Coulter (singing saw).

The song was written and recorded by The Cure in 1987.

“If all your dreams were on fire
Which one would you save
When it comes down to the wire”

Katie Melua website

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The Great Pretender

December 3, 2017

“The Great Pretender,” written by Buck Ram, performed by The Platters. Tony Williams (lead), David Lynch, Paul Robi, Zola Taylor, and Herb Reed. The tune was a big hit in 1955.

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We’ve Been Here Before

December 3, 2017

“We’ve Been Here Before,” written by Carl Newman, performed by him with The New Pornographers. Carl Newman (vocals, guitar), Simi Stone (violin, vocals), and either Blaine Thurier or Kathryn Calder on piano.

Recorded at WNRN, Charlottesville, VA.

The New Pornographers website

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