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North to Alaska

North to Alaska was a hit song of the 1960’s. The song was written by Mike Phillips. In 1960, Johnny Horton sang the song in the movie, also named North to Alaska . Horton sang the song over the opening titles of the movie. The song North to Alaska topped the Billboard Magazine’s Country Singles Read More

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Sweet Home Alabama

We are beginning a new series this year on songs about the states.    Some of the songs will be the official state songs and other selections will be popular songs about that particular state.   I hope you enjoy!   Sweet Home Alabama When thinking about songs concerning the states, Sweet Home Alabama is Read More

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Christmas songs: The Little Drummer Boy

The Little Drummer Boy is a popular Christmas song that was written by Katherine Kennicott Davis in 1941. Davis claimed that the song was based upon a traditional Czech carol. However, that origin has never been identified. The song was originally titled Carol of the Drum.  Davis sometimes wrote her 600+ songs under the name Read More

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Christmas songs: Pretty Paper

Pretty Paper was written by country music singer and songwriter Willie Nelson in 1963. In October 1963, while walking in his farm in Ridgetop, Tennessee, Nelson was inspired to write the song after he remembered a man he often saw while he lived in Fort Worth, Texas.  The man had his legs amputated and moved Read More

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Feliz Navidad

Feliz Navidad is described as a macaronic Christmas song, meaning the text uses a mixture of languages. The song was written in 1970 by José Feliciano, a Puerto Rican singer and songwriter. José Feliciano, told Billboard magazine: “If I had left in Spanish only, then I knew the English stations might not play it, so Read More

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Christmas songs: I’ll Be Home For Christmas

I’ll Be Home For Christmas was recorded in 1943 by Bing Crosby.  The lyrics were written by Kim Gannon during World War II to honor the soldiers overseas who longed to be home at Christmastime.  Gannon said in one interview that he was thinking of anyone that could not be home for Christmas, but not Read More

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Christmas songs: O Christmas Tree

O Christmas Tree is a Christmas song based on the German O Tannenbaum. The lyrics were written in 1824, by Leipzig organist, teacher, and composer Ernst Anschutz.  “Anschutz based his text on a 16th-century Silesian folk song by Melchior Franck, “Ach Tannenbaum”. Joachim August Zarnack (de) (1777–1827) in 1819 wrote a tragic love song inspired Read More

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Christmas songs: It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year is another popular Christmas song. The song was written in 1963 by Edward Pola and George Wyle. The song was recorded on Andy Williams first Christmas album, The Andy Williams Christmas Album.  However, the song was not released as the single that year, because Williams version of Read More

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Christmas songs: Silver Bells

Silver Bells is a popular Christmas song written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans. Silver Bells was first performed by Bob Hop and Marilyn Maxwell for the movie The Lemon Drop Kid in the summer of 1950.  The film was released in March 1951. Bing Crosby and Carol Richards recorded the song which was released Read More