Richard's soft-rock production and gloppy orchestral arrangements aren't bad either — a kind of warmed-over, sunken-den-Seventies version of Forties merriment.
Cash recorded Christmas albums throughout his career. Inthe year he died, Sony Legacy released this excellent collection of songs cut between and The best cuts are heart-rending, plainspoken song-poems that offer lessons on love, community and charity.
Every spoiled little pisspants in America should have to listen to "Christmas as We Knew It," about Cash's poor family in rural Arkansas being thankful Boy At A Window - Bing Crosby - Bing Crosby Tells And Sings How Lovely Is Christmas (Vinyl what they were able to give, not what they might get. Record industry titan Jimmy Iovine organized this all-star benefit album for the Special Olympics in Released inthe same year as Elvis Presley's hit Christmas album, Sinatra's first Christmas record is like a conservative op-ed in response to the King's subtly radical bumrush.
It's the essence of Eisenhower's America, bottled and giftwrapped with a red and white bow on top. This was the fourth album Sinatra recorded in a very good year, and he sings like he has the universe effortlessly balanced on the brim of his hat. At times the arrangements and back-up singing get in the way. This should be a train wreck at the beach: Sixties surf-rock versions of Christmas songs inanely augmented with jingling bells and other thematic accouterments.
But it's quite excellent. Inwhen he was still an aspiring songwriter, Nelson penned the tenderly ironic "Pretty Paper," which became a hit for Roy Orbison. Sixteen years later, his own in-the-cut version of the song foregrounded Nelson's first album of traditional Christmas music. As on Stardusthis brilliant album of classic covers, Nelson's laidback readings and gentle guitar work make for refined yet comfy renditions.
This is a record you put on when your relatives have all mercifully gone home and you can finally sit back in your favorite chair and slowly get loaded on Old Overholt while you watch football with the sound off. If you time it so you pass out while the album-ending instrumental "Christmas Blues" is rolling by, you may get lucky and sleep 'til New Year's Eve. On the album-opening blitz through "Jingle Bells," the First Lady of Jazz swings with such snowdrift-leaping abandon that the poor ponies pulling her one-horse open sleigh should've filed for worker's comp.
That breezily contagious spirit never lets up on this wonderful album, recorded in the summer of with an orchestra conducted by Frank De Vol whose credits include the Brady Bunch theme. On cuts like "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Seven decades later, his vocal style remains the template for elegant ease and stately sentimentality. Crosby's album Merry Christmas — expanded over the LP with tracks from throughout the Forties and Fifties and reissued on CD as White Christmas in — has a distinct Irish-Catholic flavor thanks to the hymn "Faith of Our Fathers" and the jaunty "Christmas in Killarney.
But, of course, the best tracks are solo Crosby, pouring vocal butter on "Silver Bells" or "I'll Be Home for Christmas," and making them unforgettably his own. This is what great singing is. If you don't like it, you're looking for something else.
The early Beach Boys could turn National Podiatrist Recognition Day into a party, so you know they're gonna knock Christmas out of the park. Their smiles 'n' sweaters playfulness is all over this collection. The best of the album's six originals is the darkly funny "Santa's Beard," in which Mike Love takes his five-year-old brother to meet Santa and the kid pulls the cotton falsie off Saint Nick's face in a life-altering moment of mall-bought demystification.
The rest of the record mixes sunny tunes like "Little Saint Nick," a rewiring of "Little Deuce Coupe," with fun experiments like the jazzy "Frosty the Snowman. The best imaginable host for a Christmas get-together, Armstrong beams welcoming warmth and easygoing cheer on this recent compilation of his recordings with friends like Mel Torme, Dinah Washington, Duke Ellington and Lena Horne.
Every cut is immediately familiar — like pulling up to your brightly-lit childhood home on Christmas Eve after too much traveling. The rest of this double album is pretty fantastic too. The reissue on Spotify ends with a country-tinged, Vietnam-era lament from Gaye, "I Want to Come Home for Christmas," that offers a fascinating spin on Motown's integrationist spirit.
It's pretty ironic that cool, laid-back West Coast jazz — music designed to advertise the easygoing luxuriance of California living — should come to be most commonly associated with poor lil' existentially bumfuzzled Charlie Brown standing around in the falling snow, complaining to Linus about how Christmas gets him down.
On songs like "Skating" and "Christmas Is Coming," the Vince Guaraldi Trio nails a perfect balance of buoyant anticipation and wintry introspection. It's become some of the most visually evocative American music. Said Peanuts creator Charles Schulz, "The way they walk and bounce a little bit — he captured that in his music.
The best tracks from each are collected on this LP set. Like Santa himself, Mr. Want to know how revolutionary Elvis was in Fifties America? Irving Berlin, the author of "White Christmas," was so scandalized by Elvis's version of the song that he tried to get it banned from radio.
Sorry, Irv. Instead, Elvis' Christmas Album topped the Billboard charts for a month and went on to sell nearly 20 million copies in various editions.
The classic, of course, is "Blue Christmas. Not just the greatest Christmas record ever, but a bona fide pop classic in its own right. The Crystals party under the chimney on "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"; Ronnie Spector turns "Frosty the Snowman" into a puddle in the front yard; and on the classic Brill Building original "Christmas Baby, Please Come Home," Darlene Love throws herself into an epic ballad of romantic affliction, turning winter wonderland into teenage wasteland.
Crosby reportedly had an alcohol problem in his youth, and may have been dismissed from Paul Whiteman's orchestra because of it, but he later got a handle on his drinking.
According to Giddins, Crosby told his son Gary to stay away from alcohol, adding, "It killed your mother" and suggesting he smoke marijuana instead. After Crosby's death, his eldest son, Gary, wrote a highly critical memoir, Going My Own Waydepicting his father as cruel, cold, remote, and physically and psychologically abusive.
We had to keep a close watch on our actions When one of us left a sneaker or pair of underpants lying around, he had to tie the offending object on a string and wear it around his neck until he went off to bed that night. Dad called it "the Crosby lavalier". At the time the humor of the name escaped me That's how he introduced me to his cronies when he dragged me along to the studio or racetrack By the time I was ten or eleven he had stepped up his campaign by adding lickings to the regimen.
Each Tuesday afternoon he weighed me in, and if the scale read more than it should have, he ordered me into his office and had me drop my trousers I dropped my pants, pulled down my undershorts and bent over. Then he went at it with the belt dotted with metal studs he kept reserved for the occasion. Quite dispassionately, without the least display of emotion or loss of self-control, he whacked away until he drew the first drop of blood, and then he stopped.
It normally took between twelve and fifteen strokes. As they came down I counted them off one by one and hoped I would bleed early Father O'Malley handled that gang of young hooligans in his parish with such kindness and wisdom that I thought he was wonderful too.
Instead of coming down hard on the kids and withdrawing his affection, he forgave them their misdeeds, took them to the ball game and picture show, taught them how to sing.
By the last reel, the sheer persistence of his goodness had transformed even the worst of them into solid citizens. Then the lights came on and the movie was over. All the way back to the house I thought about the difference between the person up there on the screen and the one I knew at home.
Crosby's younger son Phillip vociferously disputed his brother Gary's claims about their father. Around the time Gary made his claims, Phillip stated to the press that "Gary is a whining, Boy At A Window - Bing Crosby - Bing Crosby Tells And Sings How Lovely Is Christmas (Vinyl, bitching crybaby, walking around with a two-by-four on his shoulder and just daring people to nudge it off.
My dad was not the monster my lying brother said he was; he was strict, but my father never beat us black and blue, and my brother Gary was a vicious, no-good liar for saying so. I have nothing but fond memories of Dad, going to studios with him, family vacations at our cabin in Idaho, boating and fishing with him.
To my dying day, I'll hate Gary for dragging Dad's name through the mud. He wrote Going My Own Way out of greed. He wanted to make money and knew that humiliating our father and blackening his name was the only way he could do it. He knew it would generate a lot of publicity. That was the only way he could get his ugly, no-talent face on television and in the newspapers. My dad was my hero. I loved him very much. He loved all of us too, including Gary. He was a great father.
However, Dennis and Lindsay Crosby confirmed that Bing sometimes subjected his sons to harsh physical discipline and verbal put-downs. Regarding the writing of Gary's memoir, Lindsay said, "I'm glad [Gary] did it. I hope it clears up a lot of the old lies and rumors. He added, "We were brought up that way. He was not out to be vicious, to beat children for his kicks. Crosby's will established a blind trust in which none of the sons received an inheritance until they reached the age of Lindsay Crosby died in at age 51, and Dennis Crosby died in at age 56, both by suicide from self-inflicted gunshot wounds.
Gary Crosby died of lung cancer in at age 62, and Phillip Crosby died of a heart attack in at age Widow Kathryn Crosby dabbled in local theater productions intermittently and appeared in television tributes to her late husband. Nathaniel CrosbyCrosby's younger son from his second marriage, is a former high-level golfer who won the U.
Amateur in at age 19, becoming the youngest winner in the history of that event at the time. Harry Crosby is an investment banker who occasionally makes singing appearances. Denise CrosbyDennis Crosby's daughter, is also an actress and is known for her role as Tasha Yar on Star Trek: The Next Generation and for the recurring role of the Romulan Sela after her withdrawal from the series as a regular cast member. She also appeared in the film adaptation of Stephen King 's novel Pet Sematary.
There have been disputes between Crosby's two families beginning in the late s. When Dixie died inher will provided that her share of the community property be distributed in trust to her sons. After Crosby's death inhe left the residue of his estate to a marital trust for the benefit of his widow, Kathryn, and HLC Properties, Ltd. InDixie's trust sued HLC and Kathryn for declaratory relief as to the trust's entitlement to interest, dividends, royalties, and other income derived from the community property of Crosby and Dixie.
Relying on a retroactive amendment to the California Civil CodeDixie's trust brought suit again, inalleging that Crosby's right of publicity was community property, and that Dixie's trust was entitled to a share of the revenue it produced.
The trial court granted Dixie's trust's claim. The California Court of Appeal reversed, however, holding that the settlement barred the claim. In light of the court's ruling, it was unnecessary for the court to decide whether a right of publicity can be characterized as community property under California law. Following his recovery from a life-threatening fungal infection of his right lung in JanuaryLP emerged from semi-retirement to start a new spate of albums and concerts.
In Marchafter videotaping a concert at the Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena for CBS to commemorate his 50th anniversary in show business, and with Bob Hope looking on, Crosby fell off the stage into an orchestra pitrupturing a disc in his back requiring a month in the hospital. His first performance after the accident was his last American concert, on August 16, the day singer Elvis Presley died.
When the electric power failed during his performance, he continued singing without amplification. In September, Crosby, his family and singer Rosemary Clooney began a concert tour of Britain that included two weeks at the London Palladium. His last concert was in the Brighton Centre on October 10, four days before his death, with British entertainer Dame Gracie Fields in attendance.
The following day he made his final appearance in a recording studio and sang eight songs at the BBC Maida Vale studios for a radio program, which also included an interview with Alan Dell.
On October 13,Crosby flew alone to Spain to play golf and hunt partridge. Laiseca tried to revive him, but was unsuccessful. At Reina Victoria Hospital he was administered the last rites of the Catholic Church and was pronounced dead.
Paul's Catholic Church in Westwood,  Crosby was buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California;  his tombstone incorrectly identified his year of birth as instead of A plaque was placed at the golf course in his memory.
The family created an official website  on October 14,the 30th anniversary of Crosby's death. As we called him, the Economy-sized Sinatra. And what a voice. God I miss that voice. I can't even turn on the radio around Christmas time without crying anymore. Bing Crosby Stadium in Front Royal, Virginiawas named after Crosby in honor of his fundraising and cash contributions for its construction from to Crosby wrote or co-wrote lyrics to 22 songs.
His composition " At Your Command " was no. Songs co-written by Crosby include:. Four performances by Bing Crosby have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Famewhich is a special Grammy award established in to honor recordings that are at least 25 years old and that have "qualitative or historical significance. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Tacoma, WashingtonU. AlcobendasMadridSpain. Dixie Lee. Kathryn Grant. Traditional pop easy listening jazz. Main article: White Christmas song.
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