Monday’s Music Moves Me: More Christmas Songs

I wrote a Friday Five post of Christmas songs last year, and thought it was good enough that I could add a few more songs and come up with another playlist. So, here ya go, for Christmas Extravaganza 2017, Week 2!

  1. Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell, “Silver Bells” From 1951’s The Lemon Drop Kid, an adaptation of Damon Runyon’s story with music added. That’s William Frawley, who you know from I Love Lucy and My Three Sons, doing the singing at the beginning of the clip.
  2. Burl Ives, “Silver And Gold” Burl won my recent Battle of the Bands, and here he is as the voice of Sam the Snowman from the 1964 Rankin/Bass production of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, doing one of my favorite songs from that show.
  3. Pentatonix, “The Little Drummer Boy” This group’s harmony is incredible and their arranging skills are fantastic.
  4. Tommy Emmanuel, “Jingle Bells” My favorite fingerstyle guitar player and the last person on whom the late Chet Atkins bestowed the title Certified Guitar Player.
  5. Mel Blanc, “Ja, Das Ist Ein Christmas Tree” The man of a thousand voices puts on a Teutonic accent for this humorous adaptation of the German language teaching song “Schnitzelbank,” which, if you’ve ever been to a German restaurant with a floor show, you’ve probably sung. The first time I heard it was at The Brown Bear restaurant on North Clark Street in Chicago. Gemütlichkeit!
  6. Eartha Kitt, “Santa Baby” Can’t let a Christmas season go by without hearing this classic by the woman Orson Welles called “the most exciting woman in the world.”
  7. Porky Pig, “Blue Christmas” You’re getting a double shot of Mel Blanc this week as Porky stutters his way through this Elvis Presley hit. Actually, I think it’s someone else, but Mel provided the original voice.
  8. The Royal Guardsmen, “Snoopy’s Christmas” A song dedicated to that intrepid World War I Flying Ace and his never-ending battle against Manfred von Richthofen, a/k/a The Red Baron. They take a few minutes off from their air battle to celebrate the holiday.
  9. Thurl Ravenscroft, “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” The voice of Tony The Tiger provided the vocal for this song, from the 1966 special, Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas, which runs every year at this time somewhere.
  10. Bing Crosby, “Mele Kalikimaka” Der Bingle gives us this Christmas-in-Hawai’i song.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for December 11, 2017. Happy birthday, Jim!

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14 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: More Christmas Songs

  1. Oh, what a great classic lineup. I have to say that I have been hearing Mele Kalikimaka EVERYWHERE – the mall, the grocery – I have no idea why. I love both Mel Blanc renditions; have no idea why I wasn’t familiar with either one. And Santa Baby – oh, one of my favorites. Happy Holidays to you!!


  2. i LOVE to watch old Christmas movies they’re the best. Thanks for sharing. Sorry I’m late I got my epidural shots yesterday and I’ve been laid up and I think maybe tomorrow too… got shots on both sides of my back this time. OUCH!


    1. Ow! Back issues are the worst. I’ve been doing aquatic therapy for my arthritic knees, and while the knees are doing better, I have a lot of discomfort in my back and hips, all of it caused by going from pretty much total inactivity to a lot of activity. I sit too much, and there’s basically one chair in the house where I can get any relief.

      One thing I’ve noticed is that regardless of when it was in his career, William Frawley played pretty much the same character. I get the sense he was just like that, too…


  3. John,

    “Silver Bells” sung by Bob Hope is my FIL’s favorite rendition. I recall several years ago him telling me how much he liked it and decided to get it for him. Little did I know what a chore it would be to locate a Bob Hope Christmas cassette tape recording but I found it and bought it. I was excited that I secured a copy for him and certain it would’ve brought him equal the joy as it did me finding it but he didn’t seem bowled over by it. I’m sure I was misreading him with all the flurry of activity as he watched everyone enjoying their Christmas. I was happy to have done it regardless because it’s so hard to buy for my in-laws. This year I just made home-made maple cream fudge for him. He has a huge sweet tooth.

    The first time I heard Porky Pig sing Elvis’ “Blue Christmas” it left me bent over clutching my side. I never laughed so hard in all my life and to this day, it still cracks me up. Every time I hear “Mele Kalikimaka” I think of that scene in Christmas Vacation where Chevy Chase is looking through the window into the backyard imagining his new swimming pool when the salesgirl from the mall appears on the diving board flirting with him. lol

    You shared a fabulous playlist. I really enjoyed listening to your selections some warming me and others made me smile. Thanks for boogieing with the 4M gals, my friend. Continue to enjoy this blessed season and I’ll see you tomorrow at BoTB!


    1. I first heard Porky’s rendition of “Blue Christmas” when I was driving to work, and was laughing so hard I had to pull off the road. The only other time I had to do that was the day one of the morning shows had a comedian in the studio, who told the joke “My Siamese twin cousins have moved to England, because the other one wanted to drive.”


  4. Porky Pig sing8ng Blue Christmas always makes me laugh out loud. Eartha Kitt was certainly earthy in her purrfect way. She was quite beautiful but a shame she did so much to her face. Her rendition of that song is the best n matter what( Taylor Swift’s version needs to be vanquished somewhere). Love all these songs


      1. Yes, she did and her eyes looked a bit too stretched. I know that song well and have it on a CD. She had ..has a great voice that can add sensuality when she sings…something Doris Day could never do. Amazing how people who can sing so wonderfully can add their own style just in the way they sing…it is innate.


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