Friday, December 23, 2016

The Friday Five: Christmas Songs

Originally, I was going to make this “Christmas Songs With ‘Silver’ In The Title,” but after the first two I couldn’t think of any, so this is just a few Christmas songs that I’ve seen on other blogs, or favorites, or goofy tunes… Be patient, I have a cold.

Silver Bells – Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell This is from the 1951 movie The Lemon Drop Kid. The song had been written in 1950, so it was still new. William Frawley, who sings his own version of the song as “Gloomy Willie,” was also in the 1934 non-musical The Lemon Drop Kid with Lee Tracy and Helen Mack, though he played a different part.

Silver and Gold – Burl Ives From the Rankin-Bass Christmas special Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer. One of my favorite songs from that show.

Little Drummer Boy – Pentatonix Another beautiful rendition of a Christmas classic by this great vocal group.

Jingle Bells – Tommy Emmanuel Fingerstyle guitar player extraordinaire Tommy Emmanuel doing this Christmas classic. Did you ever notice that this tune gets worked into all kinds of Christmas songs?

Ja, Das Ist Ein Christmas Tree – Mel Blanc The Man of A Thousand Voices gives “Schnitzelbank” a Christmas twist.

Have a Merry Christmas, or whatever you’re celebrating this Sunday! That’s The Friday Five for December 23 (i.e. Christmas Eve Eve), 2016

from The Sound of One Hand Typing

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