If you share the Christmas season with a few or a multitude of friends, or with strangers or groups, the common denominator is the flow of music that fills every cubicle of the season.
Hop aboard my rocking sleigh and I’ll play some of the songs that may bring tears of joy or a little laughter to your eyes!
Bobby Helms is still the leader of the Christmas rock movement with the classic “Jingle Bell Rock” and little Brenda Lee is still “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree”!
Oh, how I love the sound of “Rum ba bum bum” as Johnny Cash relates the story of the “The Little Drummer Boy”. For some of us, the Elvis Christmas releases were superb. Yet no song can ever compare to the hurt and downright lonely feeling a former lover experiences when Elvis breaks our hearts with “Blue Christmas”.
To those of you who love the Phil S. Spector sound, I urge you to go to your local record stores and pick up a gift for yourself featuring the Crystals, the Ronnettes, Darlene Love, and Bobby Sox.
Let’s take a trip back in time now. Do you remember Eartha Kit’s sexy “Santa Baby” or the Driver’s beautiful “White Christmas”? How about Dodie Stevens’ version of “Merry, Merry Christmas Baby” and one of the most underplayed Christmas songs of all time – the great, “Run Rudolph, Run”? Chuck Berry’s color kept him off the seasonal charts for many years. “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” by many artists is a real favorite.
Let’s join some rock stars with Yule music that you may have never heard. For example, Jan and Dean sang “Frosty the Snowman”. “Sleigh Ride” by the Ventures was great. Otis Redding crooned “Merry Christmas Baby”. “It’s Christmas” by Marvin and Johnny will bring a tear to your eyes.
When Sonny Til and the Orioles ask, “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?”, the memories flow like a faucet pouring out the heartache and the tenderness of very special feeling for company that you will remember for a life-time.
The comedy Christmas songs belong to Spike Jones; “All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth”, “Yingle Bells” by Yogi Yorginson, the Chipmunks, Snoopy’s Christmas Monsters, “Holiday” by bobby Boris Pickett and many others.
I still enjoy the Penguins “Jingle Jangle”, “North Pole Rock” by Cathy Sharpe, “Twisting” with Santo & Jenny and the “Rocking Stocking” by Billy Lee Riley.
Those are my Christmas treasures, musically speaking. In the true spirit of the season I would ask you to share in my Christmas memories.