Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas Hits of the 60s (1968 – 1969)




By the end of the decade the Christmas album was almost obligatory for most successful artists. The main exception continued to be in the UK. Although the Beatles did have a limited release of a Christmas themed recordings this was for members of the Beatles Fan Club only, and not for general release. The Beatles Christmas release ran form 1963-1969.





Christmas Blues Canned Heat



Canned Heat at the height of their fame recorded a special Christmas album.

Christmas Is For Children Glen Campbell



That Christmas Feeling was the 11th album from Glen Campbell and was released in 1968 by Capitol Records.

Christmas Shopping Buck Owens



Christmas Shopping was another Buck Owens and His Buckaroos, Christmas special released in 1968.

Merry Christmas, Baby Otis Redding



"Merry Christmas Baby" was written by Lou Baxter and Johnny Moore and first recorded by Johnny Moore's Three Blazers in 1947. It reached #3 on Billboard's R & B Juke Box chart. Otis Reading’s version of “Merry Christmas Baby” features on Atlantic’s The Original Soul Christmas which was released in 1968. Otis Redding does a slow, heart-weary "White Christmas" and is joined by other artists including Booker T and the MGs (Jingle Bells), Clarence Carter (Back Door Santa), and King Curtis with a fabulous version of “The Christmas Song.”





Blue Christmas Elvis Presley



The Comeback Special aired on December 3, 1968 on the NBC television network. Presley's career had declined steadily in the years leading up to 1968. Keen to recapture his status as the King of Rock’n Roll, he was filmed in what appeared as an informal jamming session in front of a small audience. Col Parker wanted the show to be little more than Presley singing Christmas carols and two versions of the special were initially aired by NBC. The first included Presley singing "Blue Christmas“and when the special was rebroadcast the following summer, this was replaced with a performance of "Tiger Man".



Po' Folks' Christmas Bill Anderson and The Po' Boys



A Chrsitmas sequel to his 1961 Top 10 hit, "Po' Folks."

"Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto" James Brown



Taken from the Funky Christmas album James Brown tried to appeal to several constituencies on his many albums.

"Christmas Ain't Christmas (Without the One You Love)" O’Jays



The song was written and produced by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. In 1969 it scarcely got much airplay but became a hit in 1973 when the group enjoyed huge success.

Frosty the Snowman Jimmy Durante



This version of the old standard came from an animated Christmas family television special broadcast by CBS in 1969 and featuring the voice of Jimmy Durante as the film's narrator

"The Mistletoe and Me" Isaac Hayes



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