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.
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.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Texas Tornados, 1999
This marks Rudolph’s 3rd song on the list. Recorded for “A Christmas Tradition Volume III” album, The Texas Tornados (naturally) give a Tejano twist to the classic, with the last verse being sung in Spanish.
YouTube user unclebill68 wrote:”I produced and engineered. The label wanted a nice Xmas carol. You should have seen the look on their faces.”
“Auld Lang Syne” is a Scots-language poem written by Robert Burns in 1788 set to folk music. This song’s presence on the list is admittedly a little bit of a stretch, since it’s best known for being sung at New Year’s Eve these days.
The song is usually performed at a fairly slow tempo, but B.B. King’s rendition is more upbeat.
Written and composed in 1949 by Carl Sigman and Peter DeRose, this is another of one those “Christmas” songs that makes no mention of the holiday. While hardly the first to record the song, (Bing Crosby was first in 1950) Deano bought his inimitable style to yet another classic, earning him a third spot on this list.
“The Snow Miser Song,” Dick Shawn, 1974 “The Heat Miser Song,” George S. Irving , 1974
The feuding Miser Brothers are easily two of the biggest stars of the stop-motion classic “The Year Without a Santa Claus.” In the show, the songs are played separately, so YouTube user Marco Hofschneider combined the two and removed the sound effects to combine them into one wonderful ode to heat, cold, and big egos.