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Any Major 1960s Christmas Vol. 2

December 12th, 2023 Leave a comment Go to comments

 

 

The 1960s might have been the zenith of Christmas records, certainly in sheer quantity. Quality is a matter of taste, of course. And when it comes to Christmas music, good taste is really secondary to the spirit these songs can create.

With my 1970s German background, it is essential for me to get me a yuletide fix of Heintje’s Christmas album. I would not play the records of the Dutch child star under any other circumstances, even when I deep-dive into the shadiest nostalgia of late 1960s/early ‘70s schlager fare, as I might do when nobody can see me. But at Christmas, I cheerfully lift my Heintje blacklist, and damn well love it. You may recall that the lad featured last year on Any Major Polygot Christmas, crooning in Dutch.

Of course, in the avalanche of Xmas dross in the 1960s, there were many gems. Some feature on this second volume of Any Major 1960s Christmas (Volume 1 is here). The Phil Spector Christmas album, of course, is a stone-cold classic; two songs from it feature here. One features Fanita James, who died recently, as a third of Bob B Soxx And Blue Jeans. I expect she also did backing vocals on fellow Blossoms member Darlene Love’s wonderful Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).

Another singer who was still with us last Christmas is Tony Bennett, who chips in with a great big band version of Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town.

I have run The Flirtations’ superlative Christmas Time Is Here Again before, but it certainly bears repetition. Their appearance is preceded by a grooving instrumental version of Silver Bells by Booker T. & The MG’s. The mix also closes with a groovy wordless interpretation of Silent Night by jazz organist Jimmy Smith, who did a whole album of that sort of thing in 1965 (as did Booker T).

There are still three more mixes coming this month: another Christmas compilation (one for the “Bah Humbug” crowd), a new Songbook, and the annual Any Major Dance mix for you to party like it’s 1083 on New Year’s Eve.

By the way, after the death of Zippy, I have re-upped all past Christmas mixes, which was quite a project. If there is one I missed, let me know in the comments.

As always, the mix is timed to fit on a standard CD-R and includes home-baubled covers. PW in comments.

1. Booker T. & The MG’s – Silver Bells (1967)
2. The Flirtations – Christmas Time Is Here Again (1968)
3. Darlene Love – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) (1963)
4. Aretha Franklin – Winter Wonderland (1964)
5. Tony Bennett – Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town (1968)
6. Burl Ives – A Holly Jolly Christmas (1965)
7. Sammy Davis Jr. – Christmas Time All Over The World (1965)
8. Dean Martin – Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (1966)
9. Julius La Rosa – We Need A Little Christmas (1966)
10. The Ventures – Frosty The Snowman (1965)
11. The Beach Boys – Christmas Day (1964)
12. Glen Campbell – I’ll Be Home For Christmas (1968)
13. Marty Robbins – Christmas Time Is Here Again (1967)
14. Elvis Presley – If Every Day Was Like Christmas (1966)
15. Danny Thomas – The First Christmas (1967)
16. Bobby Goldsboro – A Christmas Wish (1968)
17. Andy Williams – The Christmas Song (1963)
18. Adam Faith – Lonely Pup (In A Christmas Shop) (1960)
19. Marlene Dietrich – Candles Glowing (1967)
20. Patti LaBelle & The Bluebells – Blue Christmas (1963)
21. Bob B Soxx And Blue Jeans – Here Comes Santa Claus (1963)
22. The Supremes – My Christmas Tree (1965)
23. Stevie Wonder – One Little Christmas Tree (1967)
24. The Uniques – Please Come Home For Christmas (1966)
25. Solomon Burke – Presents For Christmas (1966)
26. The Staple Singers – The Last Month Of The Year (1962)
27. Baby Washington – White Christmas (1966)
28. James Brown – Let’s Make Christmas Mean Something This Year (1966)
29. Jimmy Smith – Silent Night (1964)

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  1. amdwhah
    December 12th, 2023 at 07:49 | #1

    PW = amdwhah

  2. December 12th, 2023 at 20:57 | #2

    Excellent as usual, thanks very much! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  3. Anja K
    December 14th, 2023 at 20:19 | #3

    Great mix!! Loving the easy listening this time of year. And Darlene Love really sleighed my fave Yuletide song (sorry for the pun, I couldn’t help it!) :) Thanks for everything you do on this site. Best wishes for the Holidays and for 2024!

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