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December 8, 2009

Tuesday’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.WILLIAMS


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?

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7 Responses to Tuesday’s Retro Guest – Jan’s Vintage Christmas Music Choices For Your Vintage Christmas

  1. RetroRuth Reply

    December 8, 2009 at 9:30 am

    Oh my gosh, I love all your choices! I DO have to add three classics that I love to hear every Christmas, the Boston Pops version of Sleigh Ride, Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt (love it!) and Blue Christmas by Elvis Presley.

    Thanks for the fun topic!!

  2. Alex Reply

    December 8, 2009 at 9:47 am

    My brother-in-law is a professional musician, and he plays in a band that does several Christmas shows. Most of these are on their play list. They accompanied by a full horn section, and it’s awesome! I love these selections. My fav isn’t a classic, per se, but it’s a classic to me. I love Dolly Parton’s Hard Candy Christmas. 🙂

  3. sablemable Reply

    December 8, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    Oh, yes! I love Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt and Dolly’s Hard Candy Christmas! Even the Boston Pops Sleigh Ride is great! Blue Christmas is just too depressing for me.

    I would have added more songs, but, my post would have been miles too long, LOL!

  4. Sara in AZ Reply

    December 8, 2009 at 12:58 pm


    Great job girl! I love all of these songs, but The Christmas Song is probably my favorite. Gotta love Nat!

    And, how could we not know the names of the Chipmunks? 🙂 I remember buying one of their record albums (yes, an actual vinyl record) back in the 70s. I wonder whatever happened to it? Hmmmmmm?

  5. Barbara Reply

    December 8, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    For those of us who grew up in the 60s and 70s, Christmas just isn’t Christmas without an Andy Williams Christmas Special. Still miss them. I know it’s Christmas when I hear “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”. Did you all know that song was written especially for Williams? Well heck, it was!!


    PS: Sara: Alvin, Theodore and Simon. And their human friend Dave….

  6. Andrea Reply

    December 8, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Wow, I had no idea that the Chipmunks had been around for that long!!

  7. Sara in AZ Reply

    December 8, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Barbara – you go girl! I had forgetton all about Dave. 🙂

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