Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Christmas Hits of the 60s (1964)

A Holly Jolly Christmas Burl Ives

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American folk singer Burl Ives recorded “A Holly Jolly Christmas" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" in 1964. "A Holly Jolly Christmas" was written by Johnny Marks who specialized in Christmas songs and wrote many standards including "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day," "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree, and "Run Rudolph Run."

Amen Impressions

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"Amen" was written by Jester Hairston, for the Sidney Poitier film Lilies of the Field (1963). Curtis Mayfield decided to do a version of it and it became the first Impressions' hit that Mayfield did not write. The song went to number one on Cashbox Magazine's R&B chart for three weeks and reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in 1964.

Blue Christmas Elvis Presley

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"Blue Christmas" is a Christmas song written by Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson and most famously performed by Elvis Presley. It was first recorded in 1948 by Doye O'Dell , later Ernest Tubb’s version topped Billboard magazine's Most-Played Juke Box (Country & Western) Records chart. Presley included the song on his 1957 LP Elvis' Christmas Album, then in 1964 released as a commercially-available single for the first time.

Christmas Celebration B.B. King

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BB King released “Christmas Celebration” on Kent Records in 1963.

Christmas Will Be Just Another Lonely Day Brenda Lee

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Brenda Lee sang rockabilly, pop and country music, and had 47 US chart hits during the 1960s. Nicknamed Little Miss Dynamite she recorded several Christmas songs in her career. "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" was by far her most popular but others followed including: “Christmas will just be another day”, “Jingle Bell Rock” and “This time of the year”.

Jingle Bell Rock Brenda Lee

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This Time Of The Year Brenda Lee

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The Man With All the Toys Beach Boys

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"The Man with All the Toys" was written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love and released on their 1964 album The Beach Boys' Christmas Album. As a single that year it had limited success, No. 3 on the U.S. Christmas charts , but built sales over successive Christmases and is listed by Billboard in the Top 100 selling Christmas songs in history.

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