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Swing Time Christmas Music
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Some of the most played, best loved Christmas songs were written in the big band era. The Christmas Song, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, and White Christmas are just a few examples of the hits that are stilled frequently heard on radios everywhere in December. According to the Guinness Book of Records lists Bing Crosby's recording of White Christmas is still listed as the best selling single of all time, with 50 millions copies sold world wide. Nat King Cole, Andy Williams, Judy Garland and others premiered songs from movies and as individual releases. They were arranged and re-recorded by other artists, each with their own twist and handed down to the next singer who wanted to make it his or her own.
These were the days when the most popular music stars weren't afraid to cover sacred classics on their albums, even making them a large part of their repertoire. Even though they had lots of secular songs that were new to them, they still included the ones that acknowledged and celebrated the real purpose of Christmas. Here's some of my favorites:
- Nat King Cole's Oh Holy Night and Away in A Manger. Cole was one of the most popular artist during his short life, loved for his heart-felt interpretations of songs as well as a smooth, beautiful voice. This song finds him supported by a full choir-- they may not have had the same kind of recording equipment that is available today, but it doesn't detract from the beauty of the music.
- Oh Little Town of Bethlehem and Silent Nightby Frank Sinatra. Old Blue Eyes could sing a fine Christmas song, and these are both beautiful. It reminds you of a time when life was simpler, just like the way he sings these.
There are a couple of modern artists who love to revive the old classics in fine style. Harry Connick Jr. and Michael Buble are just a couple, with Buble's album released this Christmas topping the charts to prove just how much America still loves the oldies.