My Favorite Christmas Songs 2017 #8

“Mele Kalikimaka,” Bing Crosby, 1950

The North has white Christmases, the south has green Christmases, and Hawaii has plenty of sun and clear skies!

TRIVIA:  Mele Kalikimaka is not a translation.  Because the Hawaiian language is phonetically different from English, it is an approximation of “Merry Christmas.”

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My Favorite Christmas Songs 2017 #7

“Up On The Housetop,” Gene Autry, 1953

This is Gene’s third (and well-deserved) entry on this list.  Who wouldn’t go?

TRIVIA: The song was written by Benjamin Hanby in 1864.  In addition to being a songwriter, Benjamin was also involved in the Underground Railroad.

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My Favorite Christmas Songs 2017 #4

“All I Want For Christmas Is You,” Vince Vance and the Valiants (feat. Lisa Layne), 1989

Vince Vance and the Valiants are a novelty group that broke style for this country ode to Yuletide desires.  This was their only song to chart, but what a song!

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My Favorite Christmas Songs 2017 #3

“Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home),” Darlene Love, 1963

This classic often accompanies Christmas scenes in movies, and why shouldn’t it?  It’s a wonderful song.

TRIVIA: Darlene Love appeared on David Letterman’s late night show nearly every year from 1986-2014 to perform this song.

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