Well, the 2018 Xmas Music Xtravaganza is done and dusted, and all we have to look forward to is
So, let’s ring in the New Year with a few songs! Yes, I know, we have 17 hours from the time this post gets published, but we can celebrate it, anyway.
- Barry Manilow, “It’s Just Another New Year’s Eve” I participate in Song Lyric Sunday each week, and a couple of songs from yesterday’s seemed appropriate. This one was from Felicia Denise’s blog. Bless him, Barry Manilow is still going strong, despite his lack of any hit records, and this song captures the spirit of New Year’s Eve perfectly.
- George Harrison, “Ding Dong Ding Dong” Miss Jade posted this yesterday. Not a song I was familiar with, but it’s George Harrison and he wrote it for New Year’s for his Dark Horse album.
- Ella Fitzgerald, “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” A classic New Year’s Eve song from a classic jazz singer.
- ABBA, “Happy New Year” Amid all the merry-making and partying on New Year’s Eve is a sort of wistful feeling, a looking back as you look forward. That’s what’s so wonderful about this song: like Barry Manilow’s song, this one captures the wistfulness and reflective mood.
- Charlie Robison, “New Year’s Day” Found this among all the other New Year’s songs and enjoyed it, so I added it to the list.
- Charles Brown, “Bringing In A Brand New Year” A little New Year’s blues from Tony Russell “Charles” Brown. This is the 1961 original that features him on the Hammond organ.
- Bing Crosby, “Let’s Start The New Year Right” A song by Irving Berlin from the movie Holiday Inn. Bing is joined by his brother Bob and Bob’s orchestra on this one. This is a 1942 recording; you’ll notice that the record is marked “12 Sides.” This was from the days when an album was an actual album, like a photo album, where each page was a record sleeve. The most common number of records in an album was 6, which is 12 sides (i.e. songs), which might be why, when the long-playing records became popular, they had 12 songs on them.
- The McGuire Sisters, “Happy New Year” The McGuire Sisters were a popular trio of singing sisters (like the Lennons) who retired from singing abruptly in 1968 after it was revealed that sister Phyllis had been in a long-term relationship with Chicago mob boss Sam “Momo” Giancana. A shame, but what can you do?
- Guy Lombardo & His Orchestra, “Auld Lang Syne” Guy died in 1977, but his version of this Robert Burns classic is still played in New York and many other places at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Day. He recorded it several times; this is the 1947 version.
- WBBM Channel 2 – New Year’s Eve: Chicago Style (Part 2, 1979/1980) Just felt to share this bit of nostalgia, the New Year’s 1980 celebation from Chicago. Reporting from the corner of State and Randolph, not far from the iconic Chicago Theater, is longtime WBBM announcer and meteorologist John Coughlin, and on the stage is Mayor Jane Byrne, who had been elected the previous March. There are also scenes from Arnie Morton’s restaurant, with WBBM reporter Bob Wallace (who I used to sell clothes to) reporting on the fact that people go nuts when there’s a camera on them, and the Empire Room at the Palmer House, where reporter Warner Saunders is frustrated that everyone’s resolution is to quit smoking. Ever wanted to tell people who ask “what’s your New Year’s resolution?” that you’re going to start smoking?
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for New Year’s Eve 2018. Happy New Year!