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Any Major 1950s Christmas

December 20th, 2016 Leave a comment Go to comments


Over a few years some time ago, I made three mixes of Christmas songs in black-and-white, covering the era 1930s to the “60s with the crooning and novelties of those days. Here we return to the 1950s, but this time adding a good shot of rock & roll, R&B and doo wop into the mix.

So we begin with Elvis, and almost stop with a novelty Christmas song about Elvis, before we let doo wop band The Cameos sing us out with an appropriate Christmas message.

If you missed it on Thursday, this year’s first Christmas mix was of the 1970s.

If I don”t see you before Christmas: have a very merry one. And look in before the New Year, when there”ll be some music to dance to on the menu.

As always: CD-R length, ho-ho-home-made covers, PW in comments (where you may leave a greeting, if you like this mix).

1. Elvis Presley – Santa Claus Is Back In Town (1957)
2. Bobby Helms – Jingle Bell Rock (1957)
3. The Melodeers – Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer (1960)
4. Jimmy Dean – Little Sandy Sleighfoot (1957)
5. The Sabres – A Cool, Cool Christmas (1955)
6. The Harmony Grits – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (1959)
7. Brenda Lee – Rockin” Around the Christmas Tree (1958)
8. The Episodes – The Christmas Tree (1960)
9. The Davis Sisters – Christmas Boogie (1954)
10. Teresa Brewer – I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (1959)
11. Bing Crosby – How Lovely Is Christmas (1957)
12. Dean Martin – Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (1959)
13. Dodie Stevens – Merry, Merry Christmas Baby (1960)
14. The Coolbreezers – Let Christmas Ring (1958)
15. Brook Benton – This Time Of The Year (When Christmas is Near) (1960)
16. Jackson Trio with The Ebonaires – Love For Christmas (1955)
17. The Orioles – Lonely Christmas (1954)
18. The McGuire Sisters – Christmas Alphabet (1954)
19. Eartha Kitt – Santa Baby (1953)
20. Louis Prima – Shake Hands With Santa Claus (1951)
21. Kay Starr – (Everybody”s Waitin” For) The Man With The Bag (1950)
22. Gene Autry – Frosty The Snowman (1950)
23. The Fontane Sisters – Nuttin” For Christmas (1955)
24. Nat “˜King” Cole – Mrs. Santa Claus (1956)
25. The De John Sisters – The Only Thing I Want For Christmas (1955)
26. Tennessee Ernie Ford – Christmas Dinner (1951)
27. Rosemary Clooney – Happy Christmas Little Friend (1953)
28. The Falcons – Can This Be Christmas (1957)
29. Red Buttons – Bow-Wow Wants A Boy For Christmas (1954)
30. The Enchanters – Mambo Santa Mambo (1957)
31. Holly Twins with Eddie Cochran – I Want Elvis For Christmas (1956)
32. The Cameos – Merry Christmas (1957)


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  1. halfhearteddude
    December 20th, 2016 at 07:43 | #1

    PW = amdwhah

  2. JohhnyDiego
    December 20th, 2016 at 13:30 | #2

    This time of year many music blogs share Christmas records that are no where near the traditional songs that I grew up with and loved during the season. Forty years ago I made my own mix of Christmas standards but by obscure artists, not the usual fare such as Bing Crosby or Patty Page. Artists such as the Stonemans and Tiny Tim. I downloaded your Christmas In Black And White and really enjoyed it. Then I found a Mills Brothers album from 1959 that was square enough to be enjoyable, the Millses having given up their jazz roots for a white payday. Here it is for those who care:
    Mills Brithers – Merry Christmas http://www50.zippyshare.com/v/xjK9V9Wu/file.html
    I’ve downloaded many of your Christmas shares even though many are not known to me but they all seem enjoyable throughout the year, not just Christmas time.
    As I’ve said many a time before, thank you, Dude, for the work that you do. And Merry Christmas to you and yours,

  3. ToddPop
    December 20th, 2016 at 15:50 | #3

    Thanks for this great mix! Will be perfect for the family get-together… something to bring Christmas cheer to everyone!

  4. Freddie Jaye
    December 20th, 2016 at 17:02 | #4

    Johnny Diego nails it. One of our local radio stations plays wall to wall xmas music during the season — but it’s the same twenty songs (or so it seems) over and over and over. Mixes like this one are what keep my holiday spirits up.

    I think many of us, of a certain age, get really nostalgic at this time of year. And this warm, festive and sincere music plays right into that.

    Happy holidays to all, and thanks so much for your efforts.

  5. halfhearteddude
    December 20th, 2016 at 17:03 | #5

    Thanks, JD. I’m looking forward to listening to the Mills Brothers album.

  6. !ggy
    December 23rd, 2016 at 17:06 | #6

    You are indeed One Major Dude, especially at Christmas time. Your collections are unfailingly enlightening and entertaining. In short, all anyone could ask of a Christmas gift. Thanks and all good wishes to you and yours!


  7. Dr Paisley
    December 23rd, 2016 at 18:21 | #7

    For some reason, the “Not For Mother” link doesn’t work from the regular posts, but does from the sidebar. Thanks for all the great music!

  8. RhodB
    December 23rd, 2016 at 21:54 | #8


    A nice mix for Xmas day



  9. Bruce
    December 7th, 2017 at 21:56 | #9

    Thanks for keeping all these mixes archived!

  10. Mitzi
    August 14th, 2018 at 21:22 | #10

    This is a new site for me and I love the Christmas music
    Your link for this one does not work could you please reup

  11. halfhearteddude
    August 15th, 2018 at 18:44 | #11

    Link is up again.

  12. mitzi
    August 16th, 2018 at 00:22 | #12

    Thanks so much

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