Ray Conniff was a bandleader and arranger who had a Top 10 hit in 1966 with “Somewhere My Love,” from the movie Doctor Zhivago. He is best known for “The Ray Conniff Singers,” who released three Christmas albums.
The Singers rendition of “Jingle Bells” is notable because it features not only the rarely-heard second verse, but also a third, possibly written by Conniff.
With five Top 40 hits, The Ronettes were very popular in the 1960s and were the only girl group to tour with The Beatles. Their version of “Sleigh Ride” is certainly a product of it’s time, and yet, also timeless.
Another of Gene Autry’s holiday classics, he was inspired to write it after hearing crowds chant: “Here Comes Santa Claus!” during a Christmas parade he was participating in. Elvis Presley puts his own spin on the tune, which is of course, his.
Most folks know Michael Landon as a successful television actor, but he was a pretty good singer, too! Anyone who’s ever been lost on the highways and byways of Texas can relate to this raucous sing-along.