December 8, 2009Tuesday’s Retro Guest – Jan’s Vintage Christmas Music Choices For Your Vintage Christmas
Thanks to Jan for this fabulous list of vintage music choices!! I feel a sudden urge to crank up the record player. 🙂
Christmas isn’t Christmas without the music, especially music ala MCM! All of the songs featured here have stood the test of time and are considered classics.
THE RONETTES. The girls did two Christmas tunes: Sleigh Ride (1963) and I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (1963). Love the bee hive hairdos!
ANDY WILLIAMS. For years, Andy had a television variety show and The Osmond Brothers performed frequently on the show. Andy recorded It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year in 1963.
BRENDA LEE AKA LITTLE BRENDA LEE did the hit Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree (1958). The song still sounds great even after 52 years.
BOBBY HELMS. Off the top of my head, I don’t know of any other songs he recorded except for Jingle Bell Rock (1957). Great tune!
THE BEACH BOYS. Every time I hear Little Saint Nick (1963) I can’t help but imagine Santa dressed in board shorts, driving a 1946 Ford Super Deluxe Woody with a surfboard attached to the roof, heading out to Redondo Beach to Hang Ten. No, I won’t even go there regarding Mrs. Claus in a bikini!
CHUCK BERRY. Here’s a CLASS ACT if there ever was one and Berry’s Run Rudolph Run (1958) was his contribution to my Christmas Songs Hall of Fame!
THE CHIPMUNKS. Do you know their names? Yep, Alvin, Simon and Theodore! In 1958 the “boys” recorded The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late) and who would have thought these animated characters would still be popular today!
NAT KING COLE. His version of The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) was first recorded by him and his trio in 1946 and later re-recorded in 1953 giving us the tune we are so familiar with now and it is the very best!
GENE AUTRY. Our favorite singing cowboy (next to Roy Rogers) gave us Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer in 1949.
BING CROSBY. Although the song White Christmas was recorded by Bing in 1947, it was re-released for several years straight during the Fifties. The movie by the same name came out in 1954 and starred Bing, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Mitzi Gaynor (the girl could dance!). In 1950, Bing and The Andrew Sisters recorded Mele Kalikimaka for a bit of Christmas, Hawaiian style.
So, what’s spinning on your turntable this Christmas season?