A Merry Musical Christmas to You!

Scroll down for this year’s count-up of Christmas cheer, or listen to them all on YouTube!

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My Favorite Christmas Songs 2017 #7

“Up On The Housetop,” Gene Autry, 1953

This is Gene’s third (and well-deserved) entry on this list.  Who wouldn’t go?

TRIVIA: The song was written by Benjamin Hanby in 1864.  In addition to being a songwriter, Benjamin was also involved in the Underground Railroad.

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My Favorite Christmas Songs 2017 #6

“Hard Candy Christmas,” Dolly Parton, 1982

Originally written for the musical “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” the song is sung by the ladies of the brothel as they prepare to leave after its being shut down.  Dolly Parton recorded a solo version of the song which has become a Christmas staple.

TRIVIA: A ‘hard candy Christmas’ means rough times, such as when a family can only afford to give their children hard candy as a Christmas gift.

MORE TRIVIA: “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” play and movie were inspired by the story of the real-life Chicken Ranch, as was “La Grange” by ZZ Top.

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My Favorite Christmas Songs 2017 #4

“All I Want For Christmas Is You,” Vince Vance and the Valiants (feat. Lisa Layne), 1989

Vince Vance and the Valiants are a novelty group that broke style for this country ode to Yuletide desires.  This was their only song to chart, but what a song!

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My Favorite Christmas Songs 2017 #3

“Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home),” Darlene Love, 1963

This classic often accompanies Christmas scenes in movies, and why shouldn’t it?  It’s a wonderful song.

TRIVIA: Darlene Love appeared on David Letterman’s late night show nearly every year from 1986-2014 to perform this song.

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My Favorite Christmas Songs 2017 #1

“Dominick The Donkey,” Lou Monte, 1960

Starting off 2017 with a cute bouncy song that musically seems to borrow a little from The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.  It’s about a donkey that gives Santa a hand because his “reindeer cannot climb the hills of Italy.”

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