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Who dun 'em?--Xmas classics

Gary T 28 Nov 99 - 02:09 AM
Liz the Squeak 28 Nov 99 - 03:04 AM
Night Owl 28 Nov 99 - 01:23 PM
Rick Fielding 28 Nov 99 - 01:54 PM
Gary T 28 Nov 99 - 02:55 PM
Susan A-R 28 Nov 99 - 04:22 PM
Night Owl 28 Nov 99 - 04:43 PM
Mbo 28 Nov 99 - 05:18 PM
Glendancer 28 Nov 99 - 08:00 PM
Mbo 28 Nov 99 - 09:43 PM
Gary T 28 Nov 99 - 11:37 PM
Mbo 28 Nov 99 - 11:52 PM
Allan C. 29 Nov 99 - 07:51 AM
Mbo 29 Nov 99 - 08:14 AM
Tiger 29 Nov 99 - 08:50 AM
katlaughing 29 Nov 99 - 09:05 AM
Mbo 29 Nov 99 - 09:13 AM
MTM 29 Nov 99 - 09:31 AM
Allan C. 29 Nov 99 - 09:35 AM
Mark Clark 29 Nov 99 - 06:51 PM
DougR 29 Nov 99 - 08:50 PM
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Subject: Who dun 'em?--Xmas classics
From: Gary T
Date: 28 Nov 99 - 02:09 AM

One of my little dreams is to compile a collection of the "best" versions of many Christmas songs. By "best", I mean the original and/or best known and/or "classic" rendition. Examples would be: "White Christmas"--Bing Crosby (why would anyone even want to hear how any other singer does it?); "Little Drummer Boy"--Harry Simeone Chorale (can it possibly be improved upon?); "The Christmas Song"--Nat King Cole (yeah, Mel Torme wrote it, but Nat owns it!). I need some help identifying some of these recordings.

Now please understand, in this instance I'm not interested in hearing "so-and-so's" new (or maybe old) version which is "absolutely marvelous". I'm sure it is, but I'm after the ones I grew up with (as a rule) and feel are the "master presentations". Obviously this is opinionated and chauvinistic, and I'm sure influenced by when and where I grew up (U.S., born '51). Still, I think many of you know what I mean. It's akin to "comfort food"--I don't care to taste any "veal Neapolitan with shallots and Burgundy/truffle sauce" (or whatever), just give me my danged mashed potatoes and gravy!

I figure "Blue Christmas" has to be Elvis Presley, and "Pretty Paper" is probably Willie Nelson, and then I run out of steam. Can anyone suggest the "best" versions of "Sleigh Ride", "Winter Wonderland", "Silver Bells", "Carol of the Bells", and any other seasonal songs? All input appreciated.


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Subject: RE: Who dun 'em?--Xmas classics
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 28 Nov 99 - 03:04 AM

Anything by any of the Pihl Spectre groups are what I grew up with, and 'Little Drummer Boy' by Bing and David Bowie - eclectic mix but great sound. Never heard the version you mention to be honest.....

What about the Johnny Mathis 'When a child is born'? Never heard one to better it yet, and I've heard plenty of versions of it!!

LTS


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Subject: RE: Who dun 'em?--Xmas classics
From: Night Owl
Date: 28 Nov 99 - 01:23 PM

I do know EXACTLY what you're saying Gary....I had an LP of Christmas songs by Harry Belafonte, same songs sung by other singers just doesn't work!!! Thanks for the thread...will be following it closely.


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Subject: RE: Who dun 'em?--Xmas classics
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 28 Nov 99 - 01:54 PM

Think Roy Orbison did "Pretty Paper" first.


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Subject: RE: Who dun 'em?--Xmas classics
From: Gary T
Date: 28 Nov 99 - 02:55 PM

Liz, I haven't heard of the "little Drummer Boy" you mentioned, the versions you and I each know may not have crossed the pond with much vigor. I've always liked Johnny Mathis, so I'll sure try to find that one.

Night Owl, I read you. One tape I bought has Belafonte singing "Mary's Boy Child" (I think that's the title) and he does it beautifully.

Rick, thanks for the tip. The original recording gets extra consideration, and since I generally rate Roy Orbison as superb, I need to find that one also.

Thank you all for your reponses, they are helpful. Keep 'em coming, folks!


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Subject: RE: Who dun 'em?--Xmas classics
From: Susan A-R
Date: 28 Nov 99 - 04:22 PM

I mainly remember th Fred Waring stuff. He did a lot of the standards with his chorus/orchestra. It is true tree decorating music. Wonder who has that stuff in my family now??


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Subject: RE: Who dun 'em?--Xmas classics
From: Night Owl
Date: 28 Nov 99 - 04:43 PM

Gary...what's the name of the tape you have with "Mary's Boy Child" on it and is it still accessible???


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Subject: RE: Who dun 'em?--Xmas classics
From: Mbo
Date: 28 Nov 99 - 05:18 PM

You can all laugh but, I like Ray Conniff's versions of Christmas classics like "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" "Count Your Blessings", etc. with all those classic phrases spoken in the the background like "HEY EVERYBODY! Lets DEcoRAte the CHRIStmas TREE!" I also love "Christmas Is" by the Harry Simeone Choir. It's probably my favorite Christmas song. Want some REAL laughs? Listen to Johnny Cash do "The Little Drummer Boy." He doesn't sing, he just talks his way through it!

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: Who dun 'em?--Xmas classics
From: Glendancer
Date: 28 Nov 99 - 08:00 PM

Real laughs?

I once heard (on the radio) a version of the Hallelujah Chorus done by a group of about six voices with guitar accompaniment. The group was from the South because their Hallelujah was the broadest I've ever heard.

I wish I could find out who did it because I'd love to get a copy of it just to prove that it really exists.

Can anyone out there help?

Glendancer


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Subject: RE: Who dun 'em?--Xmas classics
From: Mbo
Date: 28 Nov 99 - 09:43 PM

Can't help you there, but I have heard "Silent Night" by Kitty Wells, and every time I hear it I ROTFLMAO. She says "Hallelujah" in this nasal twang that sounds like "Ally-lew-yaw." Right funny stuff!

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: Who dun 'em?--Xmas classics
From: Gary T
Date: 28 Nov 99 - 11:37 PM

Night Owl--it's "Happy Holidays, Vol. 25", obtained at a True Value hardware store (says "True Value" on it, but conceivably could have some other company's logo put there for their promotion). RCA Special Products, DPK1-0936. I got it several years ago, could be out of print? Anyway, hope that helps.

The comments about Johnny Cash and Kitty Wells illustrate my feelings about country artists doing traditional Christmas songs. I usually wince when I hear them. Now, I like country music, and especially "classic" country music from the '40's, '50's, and '60's, twang and all. But when I hear "The first Noel, the an-JULLS did say", I start shaking my head.

Fred Waring and Ray Coniff don't sound bad--I have probably heard them but don't recall it was they I was listening to. More stuff to find. Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Who dun 'em?--Xmas classics
From: Mbo
Date: 28 Nov 99 - 11:52 PM

Same here, Peter. I enjoy country music, and not all country stars are bad at singing Christmas songs. George Strait--good. Gatlin Bros.--good. Other notable lousy renditions include: Sleigh Ride--Lorrie Morgan (when she says "luuvly weather" she sounds like Binky the Clown); O Little Town of Bethlehem--Travis Tritt (the song drones on as he sings the same verse over & over.) Despite my loathing of the group "The Tractors," I found the Christmas version of "Boogie Woogie ChooChoo Train" 100% better that the straight version.

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: Who dun 'em?--Xmas classics
From: Allan C.
Date: 29 Nov 99 - 07:51 AM

Fred Waring's chorale did the best, and to my thinking, definitive version of "The Night Before Christmas". Nat King Cole is the one for me with regards to "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" which nearly always brings tears to my eyes. My girlfriend cannot consider it Christmas until she hears Perry Como (or is it Bing? no, I'm pretty sure it's Mr. C.) sing some song about Christmas in Hawaii. Maybe someone else knows the title. My favorite is Gayla Peevey's recording of "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" although I am sure there will be some argument in favor of the Stooges' version or even Spike Jones'. Besides doing "White Christmas", my all-time favorite version of "Do You Hear What I Hear?" was also done by Bing Crosby. In fact, I really like what he did with "I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day" even though Belafonte did a pretty good job of it also.

Now, for a whole different category -- for a Christmas song I would like to hear done by... I would have to say I would love to hear Joan Baez do "I Wonder as I Wander" and I would also want to hear Judy Collins do "The Alfred Burke Carol" (Some children see Him...).


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Subject: RE: Who dun 'em?--Xmas classics
From: Mbo
Date: 29 Nov 99 - 08:14 AM

Oops, I mean "Gary" not "Peter." Sorry mate.

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: Who dun 'em?--Xmas classics
From: Tiger
Date: 29 Nov 99 - 08:50 AM

"Rudolf, the Red-nosed Reindeer" was pretty cute when Gene Autry charted it in the late 40's, but what has happened since makes me wanna barf.

When did it turn into Rudoff?

When did Donner become Donder?

When did reindeer become reindeers (I'm SURE it was before Natalie Cole)?

As for "like a lightbulb," spare me, but call me.....Tiger


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Subject: RE: Who dun 'em?--Xmas classics
From: katlaughing
Date: 29 Nov 99 - 09:05 AM

in the late 70's, early 80's, Crystal Gayle come out with an all Christmas album which was really beautiful. One of the songs I remember really like had the words, "Christmas is a comin'". I will dig it out later and list some of the others with titles that she did a wonderful job on.

I am sorry, but I cannot stand to listen to Como or Crosby, even though they were my mom's favourites, too. We sand so much, ourselves, that that is what I remember mroe than any albums we listened to. My brother brought home an album of the Vienna Boys Choir, in the 60's, which is exquisite, which we all still love listening to.

Didn't Arthur Godfrey do some Christmas songs?

Good thread! kat


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Subject: RE: Who dun 'em?--Xmas classics
From: Mbo
Date: 29 Nov 99 - 09:13 AM

Tiger, the California Raisins did a great funky version of Rudolf. When some college friends o' mine performed a Christmas show last year at the mall, we played it, and my sister translated it into sign language. While in rehearsal, we didn't have the recording, so I had to sing the song! It was really hard to do because it was so funny when I tried to sing "Rudolf with your nose so bright, c'mon c'mon c'mon and guide my sleigh tonight, yeah!" in a bass register instead of my normal baritone. Also, has anyone ever heard the hilarious "Santa Claus Is Watching You" by Ray Stevens? If not, I'll post it. It has lots of new reindeer names in it.

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: Who dun 'em?--Xmas classics
From: MTM
Date: 29 Nov 99 - 09:31 AM

Bing Crosby's Christmas recordings with the Andrews Sisters, which include Mele Kalikimaka (Allan C's Christmas song about Hawaii?) and a great swing version of Jingle Bells have always satisfied my longing for an old-fashioned Christmas. I much prefer the Drifter's version of White Christmas to Bing's, however, and Bing and Bowie's Little Drummer Boy to anyone's. The best "Sleigh Ride" is likely the Ronette's. "Ella Fitzgerald's Christmas" has fantastic arrangements of "Angels we have heard on high" and "We Three Kings". Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful Christmas" is pretty hot, too. I'd say the best Winter Wonderland is Aretha Franklin's. Robert Shaw chorale on "Carol of the Bells", Johnny Mathis on "Silver Bells".


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Subject: RE: Who dun 'em?--Xmas classics
From: Allan C.
Date: 29 Nov 99 - 09:35 AM

Yes, MTM, that's the one.


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Subject: RE: Who dun 'em?--Xmas classics
From: Mark Clark
Date: 29 Nov 99 - 06:51 PM

Don't forget Tex Logan's "Christmas Time's A-Comin'" and the definitive recording by Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys. That seems to get covered by someone new every year, though they're never up to Bill's standard.

One the oldest Christmas songs sung today must be "The CHERRY TREE CAROL " included, I believe, on Joan Baez' first album. I hadn't heard the song before 1960 so for me hers is the definitive recording.

- Mark


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Subject: RE: Who dun 'em?--Xmas classics
From: DougR
Date: 29 Nov 99 - 08:50 PM

I think it is hard to beat The Robert Shaw Chorale for the standard Christmas favorites. The first Robert Shaw Chorale album with the standards was produced by RCA in about 1948 on 78 RPM vinyl. That album has been re-issued on CD but I haven't seen it in the stores the last few Christmases. Shaw also did some fine Christmas song recordings with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorale while he was Music Director of that orchestra.


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Subject: RE: Who dun 'em?--Xmas classics
From: katlaughing
Date: 29 Nov 99 - 09:02 PM

We have a wonderful old, out-of-print book that we always used to sing out of since i can remember. It the Christmas Carolers' Book by Torstein O. Kvamme. It has wonderful provenance for each song.

The Cherry Tree Carol was always one of our favourites to sing. Thanks for reminding me of it.

Mark, I am sure it was Tex Logan's song I was thinking of that Crystal Gayle did on the album and I have remembered the album name; I think, it was Pretty Paper. It is a really beautiful album.

If anyone wants more on the Cherry Tree, please let me know. The book is really full of the stories behind each song.

kat


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Subject: RE: Who dun 'em?--Xmas classics
From: thosp
Date: 29 Nov 99 - 11:31 PM

just love the thread --- sweet memories --
but i can't remember who did
"all i want for christmas is my two front teeth"
and add to the crooners --andy williams


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Subject: RE: Who dun 'em?--Xmas classics
From: Folksie Lady
Date: 30 Nov 99 - 04:59 AM

Glendancer--

That version of the Hallelujah Chorus you referred to may be on one of the two Young Messiah albums. First one is out of print, though it can be found used readily enough.

Does this ring a bell? I know the Roches have recorded a wonderful version, but theirs is acapella and it's just the three of them.


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Subject: RE: Who dun 'em?--Xmas classics
From: Gary T
Date: 30 Nov 99 - 09:31 AM

"All I Want...Front Teeth" was recorded by Spike Jones, featuring one of his troupe--sorry I don't recall the fella's name. I don't know if that version was the most popular one.


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Subject: RE: Who dun 'em?--Xmas classics
From: aldus
Date: 30 Nov 99 - 09:43 AM

My all time favourite Christmas album is the one Maddy Prior does with the Carnival Band..just great. Also, the Johnny mathis one is wonderful. As for the little drummer boy...if I never hear it again it will be too soon. I know it is just a mater of personal taste but.....what a boring , repetative song.


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Subject: RE: Who dun 'em?--Xmas classics
From: Musicman
Date: 30 Nov 99 - 12:11 PM

One of my favorites?....

Has to be the Muppets doing the 12 days of christmas!!!!

On a more serious note: THe choir of Kings College, Cambridge singing "In the bleak midwinter"


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Subject: RE: Who dun 'em?--Xmas classics
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 30 Nov 99 - 12:37 PM

Does anyone know where to get the Bing/Bowie Little Drummer Boy? I know it was done for a TV special and have seen video of it, but was ever actually released on record or CD? I would love to have it as it is my favourite renditions of one of my favourite Christmas Carols.

How about Bob & Doug McKenzies Twelve Days of Christmas?


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Subject: RE: Who dun 'em?--Xmas classics
From: Mark Clark
Date: 30 Nov 99 - 12:56 PM

Kat,

I'd love to get more information about "The Cherry Tree Carol." A priest at our (Eastern Orthodox) church sometime back was, I think, under the impression that this carol---or at least the legend it retells---predated the Great Schism (1054). Does your material support that sort of dating?

I once heard Tex Logan tell the story of the recording of "Christmas Time's A Comin'." Tex was playing fiddle with Monroe at the time and was supposed to be at the recording session but was prevented from making the trip due to weather or something. Bill recorded the number and then called Tex on the phone and played the recording for him to see if he approved of it. I haven't heard Crystal Gayle's version but I always liked her music; I'll bet it's a good version. I seem to remember Bill Anderson doing one of the poorer versions.

Thanks,

- Mark


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Subject: RE: Who dun 'em?--Xmas classics
From: Mark Clark
Date: 30 Nov 99 - 12:56 PM

Kat,

I'd love to get more information about "The Cherry Tree Carol." A priest at our (Eastern Orthodox) church sometime back was, I think, under the impression that this carol---or at least the legend it retells---predated the Great Schism (1054). Does your material support that sort of dating?

I once heard Tex Logan tell the story of the recording of "Christmas Time's A Comin'." Tex was playing fiddle with Monroe at the time and was supposed to be at the recording session but was prevented from making the trip due to weather or something. Bill recorded the number and then called Tex on the phone and played the recording for him to see if he approved of it. I haven't heard Crystal Gayle's version but I always liked her music; I'll bet it's a good version. I seem to remember Bill Anderson doing one of the poorer versions.

Thanks,

- Mark


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Subject: RE: Who dun 'em?--Xmas classics
From: Bert
Date: 30 Nov 99 - 03:15 PM

Don't forget Eartha Kitt's 'Santa Baby'

and Dora Bryan's 'All I want for Christmas is a Beatle'


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Subject: RE: Who dun 'em?--Xmas classics
From: Mark Clark
Date: 30 Nov 99 - 04:08 PM

Don't know why my last post was submitted twice but I apologize for the unnecessary repitition and redundancy.

It occurred to me that no one has yet mentioned three wonderful Christmas songs by the late Walt Kelly: "On a Thursday of Crispness," "Deck Us All With Boston Charlie," and of course "Bark Us All Bow Wows Of Folly."

- Mark


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Subject: RE: Who dun 'em?--Xmas classics
From: Mbo
Date: 30 Nov 99 - 05:46 PM

Hey, I have a version of "The Little Drummer Boy" played on by Highland pipes and drums. It turns the old classic into a veritable piobaireachd! The album is "A Highland Christmas: Carols for Bagpipes." One of my favorite albums.

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: Who dun 'em?--Xmas classics
From: Frankie
Date: 01 Dec 99 - 07:06 PM

Mark, Cherry Tree Carol appeared on Joan Baez vol.2 on Vanguard. A great song. Deck Us All With Boston Charlie was a favoite in my family when I was growing up and my sister still has a much treasured book of Walt Kelly tunes that we trot out for the holidays.

Gary, I think Patti Page does what's considered the definitive version of Silver Bells. You still hear it a lot during the season. Pavarotti, to me, does the great versions of O Holy Night and Ave Maria on his Xmas recording and on the PBS special with the Montreal Symphony that always airs this time of year.

Frankie


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Subject: RE: Who dun 'em?--Xmas classics
From: Ruthie
Date: 01 Dec 99 - 10:07 PM

My favorite version of "I saw Three Ships" is by Sting on A Very Special Christmas 3. Hardly a classic, but definatly worth the purchase! (and now, a personal classic :-) ) Also, Aldus, I'm interested in the Maddy Prior christmas album you mentioned, what's it called? Ruthie


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Subject: RE: Who dun 'em?--Xmas classics
From: aldus
Date: 03 Dec 99 - 01:00 PM

The maddy prior and Carnival band christmas album is called A Tapestry of Carols. They also did one called Carols and Capers. But the first is my favourite.


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Subject: RE: Who dun 'em?--Xmas classics
From: Genie
Date: 23 Dec 01 - 02:52 AM

• Yes, Eartha Kitt has the definitive "Santa, Baby?"
• Carolyn Hester singing "Virgin Mary"
• Perry Como --"Christmas In Killarney"
 

• Favorite version of "Mary's Boy Child" -- a relatively recent recording by a Jamaican (I think) group, with a canticle (another song in the background).  It's done with a sort of reggae beat, whereas Belafonte's is slow and mellow.  Does anyone know the name of the group?

• I thought Judy Garland owned "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas."

•  Kay Starr:  "The Man With The Bag"

•  I love the Muppets doing "Christmas Is Coming!"

•  PP&M's "A Soaling"

•  I thought the big hit versions of "Silver Bells" were by Rosemary Clooney and by either Perry or Bing.

•  Personally, I prefer Sandler and Young's rendition of "Do You Hear What I Hear" to Crosby's.

•  Can't decide whether Kenny Rogers or Kathy Mattea has the better rendition of "Mary, Did You Know."

•  Love the Kingston Trio (with Dave Guard) doing "Riu, Riu Chiu!"


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Subject: RE: Who dun 'em?--Xmas classics
From: alanabit
Date: 23 Dec 01 - 03:18 AM

Bing Crosby's version of Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" always gets mentioned in these discussions. I have never met anyone who has disliked it as much as I do. I have alwys considered it to be a dirge with banal lyrics. It's the Christmas turkey to end them all. Songs which had some sense of reflection or hope always meant much more to me. "The Litle Drummer Boy" is one, Belafonte's "Mary's Boy Child", (a favourite of my Mum's), along with Greg Lake's "I believe in Father Christmas", Lennon's "Happy Christmas/War is Over" and Jona Lewie's "Stop the Cavalry" are all songs which summon up magic for me. Of course, on the rocking side, Keith Richard's raucous "Run Rudolph Run" should have been an eternal hit, but for some reason he released it in February!


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Subject: RE: Who dun 'em?--Xmas classics
From: jaze
Date: 23 Dec 01 - 04:20 PM

Allan C, Joan Baez does I Wonder As I Wander on her Christmas lp "Noel". You probably all I know I dearly love Joan Baez, but Judy Collins does an incredibly beautiful version of Chery Tree Carol on her Come Rejoice cd. She also does the best version of Silent Night including verses I'd not heard before. Merry Christmas, everyone


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Subject: RE: Who dun 'em?--Xmas classics
From: GUEST,Desdemona
Date: 23 Dec 01 - 05:18 PM

The "classic" Sleigh Ride most of us think of (I was born in 1964; English mother, Ameriacn father) was done by Arthur Fiedler & the Boston Pops!

I also remember my mother had a Jihnny Mathis Christmas album with "Let it Snow", that, if I could hear it, I feel sure would transport me immediately back to being 5 years old in my nightgown, admiring the (large, coloured) lights & tinsel on our archetypal '60s tree!


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Subject: RE: Who dun 'em?--Xmas classics
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 23 Dec 01 - 05:26 PM

Noone's mentioned Fairytale of New York, can't believe it. Actually Christy Moore's version is as good in its way as Shane McGowan and Kirsty MacColl's. Except it hasn't got Kirsty.


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Subject: RE: Who dun 'em?--Xmas classics
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 24 Dec 01 - 08:50 AM

Geni-The jamaican group you are thinking of is Boney M.


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Subject: RE: Who dun 'em?--Xmas classics
From: musicmick
Date: 24 Dec 01 - 03:59 PM

I'm glad you brought this up. "Silver Bells" is from a movie called "The Lemondrop Kid" with Bob Hope. He sang it and I've never heard it done better. Dr. Benjiman "Tex" Logan did, indeed do "Chistmas Time's A'comin'". My fondest memories are of parties at his North Jersey home. Everyone in Bluegrass was there (I got in because I was,at that time, the bass player for Roger Sprung's band) What a terrific song that is. Do you recall Burl Ives singing "Frosty, the Snowman" or little Jimmy Boyd doing "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"? Dont forget Jose Feliciano's "Feliz Navidad"


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Subject: RE: Who dun 'em?--Xmas classics
From: GUEST,Genie (Santa ate my cookie)
Date: 26 Dec 01 - 12:13 AM

Thanks, John, for the info about Boney M. Do you happen to know the name of the song they juxtapose with Mary's Boy Child-- and maybe the lyrics?

Genie


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Subject: RE: Who dun 'em?--Xmas classics
From: Ron Olesko
Date: 26 Dec 01 - 09:49 AM

Some "folkie" classics that I love:

Pete Seeger - The First Noel The Weavers - We Wish You A Merry Christmas Leon Redbone & Dr.John - Frosty the Snowman Tom Glazer - 12 Days of Christmas Cathie Ryan - It Came Upon A Midnight Clear Reno & Smiley - Jingle Bells The Roches - Adeste Fideles Bridget Ball & Christopher Shaw - Good King Wenceslas & Luciano Pavarotti - O Holy Night

Okay, Pavarotti may not be a folkie but that version is breathtaking!

Ron

Ron


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Subject: RE: Who dun 'em?--Xmas classics
From: Genie
Date: 26 Dec 01 - 07:43 PM

Gary, I agree with you that the Harry Simeone Chorale had the definitive version of "Little Drummer Boy."  The Crosby/Bowie 'version' is awesome--but it's like comparing apples and oranges.  Crosby and Bowie are singing two songs in counterpart style, just as Boney M. does with "Mary's Boy Child."  To me, that means it's not "the same song."
Earlier, I said I preferred Boney M's version of "Mary's Boy Child" to Belafonte's, but that's not a fair comparison, either.  It's sort of like comparing a single song with a medley.

BTW, didn't Willie Nelson write "Pretty Papers?"

Gary T, re country artists doing traditional Christmas hymns, one that makes me laugh or cringe (depending on the mood I'm in) is Anne Murray's "Adeste Fideles."   She sings "Adestay feedaylayss, laytee triuhmphantayss, vayneetay, vayneetay, in Bethlehem.  Natuhm vidaytay, rayjem angeloruhm ...".  (Her "ad" in "adeste" rhymes with "mad," not with "odd," her "um"s are with a short "u," instead of "oom," etc.   I was kind of surprised, because singers are usually pretty good mimics when it comes to  doing foreign languages "phonetically," but somebody must've steered her wrong.

My copy of Belafonte's "Mary's Boy Child" is not on a Christmas album, but on an album of music around the world, I think.  I believe it's on the album where he sings "Hava Nagila," "Erev Shel Shoshanim," etc.

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Other "definitive" versions:
Brenda Lee -- Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
Burl Ives -- Holly Jolly Christmas
Bobby Helm(s?) -- Jingle Bell Rock
Jimmy Durante -- Frosty The Snowman
Karen Carpenter -- The Christmas Waltz
 
 

Genie


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Subject: RE: Who dun 'em?--Xmas classics
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 07 Dec 04 - 02:32 PM

Under a Christmas collage, the local newspaper (Calgary Herald, Dec. 7, 2004) listed "Our Top 10 Christmas Tunes." Would they be your choices?

1. White Christmas- Bing Crosby
2. Mary's Boy Child- Boney M (Euro disco)
3. The Chipmunk Song- (Alvin, Theodore and Simon)
4. The 12 Days of Christmas (Bob and Doug McKenzie, the SCTV Hosers)
5. The Christmas Song- Nat King Cole
6. Blue Christmas- Elvis Presley
7. Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer- Irish Rovers
8. Last Christmas- Wham
9. Happy Christmas- John Lennon
10. The Little Dummer Boy- Bing Crosby and David Bowie

00. All I Want for Christmas Is a Doodle-Li-Boop- Art Carney
(my favorite)


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