“I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” by Walter Kent, Kim Gannon, and Buck Ram, sung by Kristin Chenoweth: Video posted by KristinChenowethVEVO And an informal acoustic cover of “I’ll by Home for Christmas,” sung by Jason and Michael Castro: Video by Jason Castro (Yes, the ‘stache is unfortunate.) The song, wistful and haunting, was first recorded
“You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” by Albert Hague and Theodor Geisel, sung by Thurl Ravenscroft: Video posted by horgemlingurinn And here’s a cover by Darius Rucker: Video posted by Darius Rucker To quote from Albert Hague’s obituary in the The New York Times: “When he played the song he wrote for the Grinch
“Silver Bells”, by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, was frequently referred to by Livingston as “our annuity.” It is sung here by Colbie Callait: Video posted by Rita Spencer And here is the same song as sung by Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell in the movie for which the song was written, The Lemon Drop
Nice going, Castro!
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