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Any Major 1960s Christmas

December 20th, 2017 Leave a comment Go to comments

Last year we had Christmases mixes covering the 1950s and 1970s; this year we have the yulevibes of the groovy 1960s.

Not too long ago it seemed that things cultural changed in the course of a decade. 1962 looked nothing like 1968; 1971 nothing like 1977; 1980 nothing like 1989. Then, in the 1990s, time seemed to start moving more slowly. Today, it seems to me, 2017 might as well be 2007; Bieber and Perry and Beyonce and Swift are still megastars”¦ And Any Major Dude is still with you, as her was ten years ago”¦

The 1950s were the decade of seismic change in popular culture, what with the rise of rock & roll and the advent of The Teenager. But the 1960s probably saw the fastest developments in pop. The Beatles and the Beach Boys saw to that, as well as Stax, Motown, Atlantic et al in soul music.

This mix features The Beatles and The Beach Boys, and a few other exponents of the sounds of the latter 1960s. But the Christmas vibes find their most joyous, carefree, festive expression in the tracks from the early, more innocent parts of the decade, when Bing could still sing about “noggins” in the snow.

The Bee Gees are represented twice here: on their own with the rather melancholy sounding Thank You For Christmas. Before they come in, The Majority perform the Gibb Brothers composition All Our Christmases.

One song here featured on the Any Major Christmas Bells mix from two weeks ago, albeit in a different version. The Bacharach-David song The Bell That Couldn’t Jingle appears here by Bobby Vinton. A track that failed to make the bells compilation has been shifted to this mix: The Royal Guardsmen‘s Snoopy’s Christmas. Seeing as this is the last centenary of a World War I Christmas, it seems appropriate to run it now.

Talking of war, the penultimate track is not very joyous: The Charmels want their man to come home from Vietnam. A similar theme — wanting a soldier boyfriend home at Christmas — is handled by Toni Wine in the closing track, though Toni is more Army Wives than Nam protester. Which makes some sense, since Wine”s track, recorded in 1963, precedes the heat of the Vietnam War. How might her song have panned out had it been recorded five years later?

At Christmas it might not be nice to make people feel old, but here’s a disturbing thought: The baby of whose first Christmas Connie Francis is crooning is now a grandparent aged 56.

As always, the mix is timed to fit on a standard CD-R and includes covers made by indentured elves. PW in comments, wherein you may wish me a merry Christmas.

Don’t forget: next week, before New Year’s Eve, I’ll post the now traditional Any Major Disco mix.

I wish you a Merry Christmas, or — in the words of Lou Rawls — I hope Santa socks it to you.

1. JB – Let’s Make Christmas Mean Something This Year (1967)
2. Ike & Tina Turner – Merry Christmas Baby (1965)
3. The Ronettes – Sleigh Ride (1963)
4. The Majority – All Our Christmases (1968)
5. Bobby Vinton – The Bell That Couldn’t Jingle (1964)
6. Bobby Vee – Christmas Vacation (1962)
7. The Debonairs – Christmas Time (1961)
8. The Drifters – Christmas Song (1964)
9. Jackie Wilson – Silver Bells (1963)
10. The Soul Stirrers – Christmas Means Love (1968)
11. Nancy Wilson – That’s What I Want For Christmas (1963)
12. Lou Rawls – Christmas Is (1967)
13. Bing Crosby – The White World Of Winter (1964)
14. Doris Day – Be A Child At Christmas Time (1964)
15. Connie Francis – Baby’s First Christmas (1961)
16. Jim Reeves – An Old Christmas Card (1963)
17. The Echoes – Merry Christmas Baby Blue (1961)
18. The Bee Gees – Thank You For Christmas (1967)
19. Chad Mitchell Trio – The Marvelous Toy (1963)
20. Lisa Miller – The Loneliest Christmas Tree (1968)
21. Claudine Longet – I Don’t Intend To Spend Christmas Without You (1967)
22. The Playboys – The Night Before Christmas (1963)
23. King Curtis – What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve (1968)
24. Canned Heat – Christmas Blues (1968)
25. The Beatles – Christmas Time (Is Here Again) (1967)
26. The Royal Guardsmen – Snoopy’s Christmas (1967)
27. Beach Boys – The Man With All The Toys (1967)
28. Four Seasons – Christmas Tears (1962)
29. The Dynamics – Christmas Plea (1962)
30. The Charmels – Please Uncle Sam (Send Back My Man) (1966)
31. Toni Wine – My Boyfriend’s Coming Home For Christmas (1963)


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Any Major Smooth Christmas Vol. 2
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Any Major Country Christmas Vol. 2
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Christmas In Black & White Vol. 2
Christmas In Black & White Vol. 3
Any Major Christmas ABC
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Any Major New Year’s
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  1. halfhearteddude
    December 20th, 2017 at 08:17 | #1

    PW = amdwhah

  2. Stephen Mitchell
    December 20th, 2017 at 19:22 | #2

    Best wishes for a joyous holiday season and a wonder-filled 2018. Your mixes are amazing. I look forward to hearing your 2018 offerings.

  3. Rick
    December 20th, 2017 at 23:50 | #3

    Thanks! Late to the party with this website…so glad I found my way. Have a Holly Jolly Christmas!

  4. Wolfgang
    December 21st, 2017 at 07:26 | #4

    Thank you very much. Your christmas samplers are the perfect soundtrack for my christmas time here in germany. And your knowledge about the history and the background of so many songs and singers is outstanding. A suggestion for next year might be ‘Any major 80s christmas’. My favourite christmas song from that era is ‘Fairytail of New York’ by the Pogues,

  5. December 21st, 2017 at 22:38 | #5

    Merry Christmas to you and yours! Thanks for all the music!

  6. Freddie Jaye
    December 24th, 2017 at 15:44 | #6

    Hoisting a well-laced cup of holiday cheer to the Dude , blogger nonpareil.

  7. Matt
    December 24th, 2017 at 21:53 | #7

    Thank you for this. I am stunned and more than a little ashamed that I was not familiar with the Bing Crosby number. It’s already a new favorite. Merry Christmas!

  8. rntcj
    December 25th, 2017 at 18:37 | #8


    A very MERRY CHRISTMAS to all members, their families & relatives. Enjoy & celebrate your time together and give thanks for all blessings & goodness in your lives.

    Ciao! For now.

  9. December 27th, 2017 at 19:00 | #9

    Good mix – I guess most of the Phil Spector stuff is on another compilation? I had never heard that Beach Boys song…

  10. halfhearteddude
    December 28th, 2017 at 00:14 | #10

    I should hope that everybody already has the Spector Christmas album!!!

  11. Stinky
    December 28th, 2017 at 16:18 | #11

    As always your mix looks great, but the link seems to be dead.

  12. halfhearteddude
    December 29th, 2017 at 09:17 | #12

    Looks like there was a cull of links. I’ve re-upped this mix, ready for your downloading pleasure.

  13. Russell
    December 30th, 2017 at 04:16 | #13

    OMG, the Wollensack tape recorder on the cover! I had one of those and it served me many years from taping the sound off Ed Sullivan’s early Beatles’ performances to splicing an early listening of Sgt. Pepper on WNEW-FM and before the LP came out the songs ran together just as they did on the LP. Quite an emotional thrill. Thanks for dredging up those fond memories….
    Happy end of 2017! Best wishes for the new one for all.

  14. dogbreath
    January 2nd, 2018 at 13:58 | #14

    Spot on for those of us of a certain age. Goes down well with a glass or three of eggnog. Cheers & a Happy New Year!

  15. RiffRaffRaves
    July 31st, 2018 at 21:47 | #15

    Please re-up again – the link has gone dead.

  16. halfhearteddude
  17. RiffRaffRaves
    August 2nd, 2018 at 13:49 | #17

    Thanks so much.

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