Friday, February 7, 2014


Good Morning, Class of '64
A few snowflakes are stirring an otherwise still morning. Large flakes some of them are, too. But, they won't be adding much to what's already on the ground if their numbers don't increase by gazillions. Going outside, the sun brightens the cloud cover to the east. Some faint patches of gray, that would be blue, are trying to break through. Just a bunch of flakes decided to pass by with a cold reminder, "Good Morning, I'm still, up here, still hanging around, still packing that frozen H2O."
(continued from Day 183)
In our preteen and teen years something happened to the music we all listened to. The beat, the tempo, the moves all changed. Christmas music of the day went through changes, as well. The old standbys and new sentimental melodies still filled the airwaves during the Christmas season, but there were new, rockier tunes being played. And we embraced them. So well, that to this day, those tunes are still popular and played on radio stations at Christmastime across the land. They've become classics.
Do you remember these? Do you have another favorite?
Bobby Helms recorded Jingle Bell Rock in 1957, and several times after that. He performed the song in what is known as "rockabilly" style - rock'n'roll and hillbilly. The song became a "crossover", popular on both the country and western charts and the pop charts.

Jingle Bell Rock / Bobby Helms 1957

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree 
Brenda Lee, whose background is in country music, recorded Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree when she was only thirteen years old. It was released in 1958 but didn't do well until Brenda became successful in 1960. In 2011, Brenda's version of the song was the fourth most downloaded digital track in SoundScan history (679,000 downloads).

Brenda Lee - Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree  

 Little Saint Nick
Brian Wilson and Mike Love of the Beach Boys wrote the song Little Saint Nick. It did well on the charts despite the mourning of the recently assassinated President John F. Kennedy. The rhythm and structure of the song is borrowed from the groups 1963 hit Little Deuce Coup.
  The Beach Boys - Little Saint Nick

Run Rudolph Run (Run, Run, Rudolph)

Run Rudolph Run is another Christmas song written by Johnny Marks. Chuck Berry recorded it in 1958. 
Other versions of the Run Rudolph Run story:

Chuck Berry, Run Rudolph Run
The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)

The Chipmunk Song received the lowest possible rating on the American Bandstand "Rate-a-Record" segment. Although it's a fun song, the beat isn't good, and you can't dance to it. (A newer version is more rock'n'roll and danceable.) The song was written by Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. (a.k.a. David Seville), in 1958, and he sang it in a high-pitched, chipmunk kind of voice. The song won three Grammy awards and reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles chart, the only Christmas song to ever do that.
Alvin and the Chipmunks - 
The Christmas Song (Don't Be Late)

Newer Version
The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)



“A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.”
Leopold Stokowski

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