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Most rock fans assume that all Christmas music is terrible. They’re mostly right, but every once in a while a Christmas miracle happens — and a great holiday song gets produced. Some of the best examples come from 1963’s Phil Spector’s Christmas Album. It had the horrible fate of coming out the exact day that John F. Kennedy was assassinated, so very few people were looking to sing along to “Frosty The Snowman” — but they missed out on a Wall of Sound masterpiece that’s one of Spector’s most satisfying LP’s. Here’s a look and listen at 15 of the greatest Christmas songs ever.
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The Temptations…Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
Santa Claus conquers the Martians from 1964
Santa Claus appears on Batman…I love the 60’s!
Rudolph the rednosed reindeer…
Bard Graduate Center/Yale University Press Santa Claus, 1912
Bard Graduate Center/Yale University Press Sailboats, 1945
Bard Graduate Center/Yale University Press Village, 1955
I Love Lucy…Color Christmas episode
Bewitched “Santa comes to visit and stays…Part 1.
Bing Crosby & David Bowie sing a Christmas Classic together
Johnny Cash…I’ll be home for Christmas
Bob Seger…Little Drummer Boy
Band Aid, “Do They Know It’s Christmas”
In 1984 Bob Geldof and Midge Ure had much of British rock elite come together to record a Christmas song to aid famine relief in Ethiopia. The one-time-only supergroup was comprised of Bono, Phil Collins, Boy George, Sting, George Michael and many others. The song was a massive hit and gave birth to Live Aid the next year, though 20 years later people are still puzzling over Bono’s line, “Tonight thank God it’s them instead of you.”
Here is the extended version where the artists introduce themselves…GREAT!
Prince…Another lonely Christmas
Jimi Hendrix…Little Drummer Boy
Otis Redding…Merry Christmas Baby
Charlie Brown…Please come home for Christmas
B.B. King…Back Door Santa
The Platters…White Christmas…Clyde McPhatter’s voice is spectacular
The Iceman Jerry Butler sings a different I’ll be home for Christmas
Ramsey Lewis Trio…The Christmas Blues
The Brady Bunch before they became old disturbing adolescents…The Voice of Christmas episode
Dick Van Dyke show…Christmas episode clip
The Lucy show from 1965…
“My Favorite Things”
Children watch the toy assembly line at Santa’s Workshop in the Ford Rotunda, in Dearborn, Michigan.
Holiday shoppers crowd the streets of downtown Detroit in 1957.
Santa making his list and checking it twice!
Lines of people wait in the Ford Rotunda for their chance to visit with Santa and tell him exactly what they want!
A Christmas candy cane bus takes passengers around downtown Detroit in 1958.
It isn’t Christmas without the Budweiser Clydesdales…
Miller Beer Christmas…
Carmen Macrae and Sammy Davis Jr.
Baby its cold outside
See you all January 7th 2013!
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