Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Christmas Hits of the 60s (1965 – 1967)

More and more artists were beginning to release Christmas albums to catch the bludgeoning market. From the Chipmunks to James Brown, the list is almost endless. Few singles made headlines in the charts, although some did fare better than others. Many went on to become firm favourites after they were re-released.

May You Always Harry Harrison

In the 60s Harry Harrison’s on air style made him was an institution in New York motoring radio and he released "May You Always" in 1965. "May You Always" was his Holiday greeting.

Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy Buck Owens

Buck Owens and the Buckaroos pioneered the Bakersfield sound (Honky Tonk) and at the height of their fame released “Santa Looked a lot like Daddy” in 1965. It sold moderately well.

The Children's Christmas Song Supremes

The Supremes brought out the album Merry Christmas in 1965 . Tracks included: "White Christmas", "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town", "My Favorite Things", and "Joy to the World". "Children's Christmas Song" / "Twinkle Twinkle Little Me" was release as the single and enjoyed a short chart success.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Me Supremes

The Real Meaning Of Christmas Ray Conniff

The Ray Conniff Singers released four very successful Christmas albums , starting with Christmas with Conniff in 1959. “The real meaning of Christmas, “ was recorded in 1965 and came from the album, Here We Come A-Caroling.

Silver Bells The Ventures

The instrumental rock band The Ventures recorded The Ventures Christmas Album in 1965. It included many of the standard Christmas classics but performed in the style of a guitar group. "Silver Bells" was one of the first recorded uses of a vocoder as a musical effect, voiced by Red Rhodes. Rhodes was an innovator and later developed the fuzzbox.

Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer Earl Grant

Organist Earl Grant released his Winter Wonderland album in 1965 .

The Christmas Song James Brown

The Godfather of Soul released his Christmas album , James Brown sings Christmas Songs in 1966. Then, two years later he released A Soulful Christmas.

Soulful Christmas

Snoopy's Christmas Royal Guardsmen

"Snoopy's Christmas" was the second hit after "Snoopy vs. the Red Baron" for The Royal Guardsmen. It reached the number one position in the New Zealand singles charts in 1967.

The Little Drummer Boy Lou Rawls

The single came from Lou Rawls’ 1967 Merry Christmas Ho! Ho! Ho! Album. "Little Drummer Boy" hit #2 on Billboard's Christmas chart .

"Someday at Christmas" was released by Stevie Wonder in 1967.

Stevie Wonder released Someday at Christmas in 1967 under Motown Records.

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