Posts Tagged ‘pop music’

It’s Just Another New Year’s Eve

December 31, 2021

“It’s Just Another New Year’s Eve,” written by Barry Manilow, sung by Lea Salonga.

Lea Salonga website.

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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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I’m Gonna Lasso Santa Claus

December 23, 2021

“I’m Gonna Lasso Santa Claus,” written by Frank Adams and Wilbur Jones, recorded by 9-year-old Brenda Lee, pledging to redistribute holiday wealth in 1956. Somehow, she avoided the blacklist.

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Christmas is Coming

December 19, 2021

“Christmas is Coming,” written by Paul Hyde and Bob Rock, performed by their Vancouver group, The Payola$.

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My Boyfriend’s Coming Home For Christmas

December 19, 2021

“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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Don’t Drop Out

August 7, 2021

“Don’t Drop Out,” written by James Cason and and Bobby Russell, recorded by Dolly Parton (really) in1966.

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American Girl

July 4, 2021

“American Girl,” written and performed by Bonnie McKee. Ms. McKee, who has written songs for (and with) Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Kesha, Kelly Clarkson and others, has a fine grasp of contemporary American culture.

Celeb karaoke version here

Bonnie McKee official website

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They Don’t Know

January 30, 2021

“They Don’t Know,” written by Kirsty MacColl, recorded by Tracey Ullman, 1983, with Kirsty MacColl singing backup.

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Corrido de Auld Lang Syne

January 1, 2021

“Corrido de Auld Lang Syne” by Little Bobby Rey and his Band, an early LA Chicano pop band (also called “The Masked Phantom Band”) in about 1960. “Corrido” here means the music is in a galloping rhythm. Mr. Rey learned the saxophone from Earl Bostic.

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Driving Home for Christmas

December 23, 2020

“Driving Home For Christmas,” written and performed by Chris Rea. Another version is here. Despite 24 albums and 72 hit singles in the UK, the British artist is not well-known in the USA.

2020 note: Stay the hell home this Christmas. COVID-19 is not an appropriate yuletide gift.

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