Johnny Marks made something of a speciality of Christmas songs–Wikipedia lists 26 Christmas and Christmas-show songs by Marks, and he named his music publishing company St. Nicholas Music. Here are some particularly well-known examples: “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” by Johnny Marks, based on a poem by Robert L. May, as sung by Destiny’s Child (you
In honor of which, I bring you two–yes, two!–Chanukah songs. The first is “Candlelight,” sung by the Maccabeats (in their first viral video): Video by Uri Westrich The melody is by Taio Cruz (although he thought it was for a song titled “Dynamite”), and he is not, to the best of my knowledge, Jewish. The
How about an actual Phil Spector song? “Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)” by Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry, and Phil Spector, sung by (a quite young) U2: Video posted by Justin Duarte And sung by the original singer, Darlene Love (with Patti LaBelle), just a year ago: Video posted by The View According to Rolling Stone
Here’s a relatively new one–the Phil Spector-influenced “Underneath the Tree,” by Kelly Clarkson and Greg Kurstin, sung by Kelly Clarkson: Video from KellyClarksonVEVO [I]n December, 2013, Clarkson told Jay Leno that she waited to do a Christmas album until [Kurstin] was available. She added, “He’s Jewish, so he didn’t know any of the songs.
Chanukah (or Hanukkah, or however you prefer to spell it) starts almost two weeks before Christmas this year, so here’s “Hanukkah in Santa Monica” by Tom Lehrer, sung by Tom Lehrer: Video from Tom Lehrer-Topic, Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group North America Like many of these songs, everybody seems to have covered this
After all, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”! Lyrics by Edward Pola, music by George Wyle, sung by The Muppets (with Mindy Kaling, although I have to say you can’t hear her): Video from ABC Television Network If that’s just too cute for you (it’s not for me, but hey, tastes differ), have
“We Need a Little Christmas” by Jerry Herman, sung by LeAnn Rimes Video from leannrimesofficial I have to say that while I never thought of this song as “country”–it is, after all, from the Broadway musical Mame (No, it is not from “Glee.” “Glee” did a very partial cover of it, but it was nonetheless
Don’t get me wrong–I’m not complaining about that! New York snow is only pretty so long as it’s falling. So this is meant neither as an order nor a request, but… “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”, by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne, sung by Gloria Estefan: Video from Gloria Estefan –
Mazel tov on the birth of your precious new addition!
…it must be time for my parade of Jewish winter-holiday-season music. Chanukah songs, of course, and Christmas/generalized-winter-holiday-season songs written by Jews. (If you were not expecting this, then welcome! You must be new to Castrocopia, always good to see a new face.) I started with this song last year, too, because it makes such