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Shine On Harvest Moon

Shine On Harvest Moon is another popular song from the early 1900s.  This is a favorite when I go to the nursing home to sing. The song is credited to Nora Bayes and Jack Norworth, a married Vaudeville team.   This was another song that was among the moon-related songs of the Tin Pan Alley era, Read More

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Sleepy Time Gal

I became familiar with Sleepy Time Gal from a rerun of Petticoat Junction, in which Steve Elliott sings the song to his baby daughter. Sleepy Time Gal was originally published in 1925. The lyrics were written by Raymond B. Egan and Joseph Alden.  The music was written by Richard A. Whiting and Ange Lorenzo. The Read More

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Blue Christmas

Blue Christmas was written by Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson. The song was first recorded by Doyle O’Dell in 1948. The following year the song was popularized by Ernest Tubb.  His version appeared at #1 on the Billboard magazine’s Country & Western Chart in the first week of January 1950.  His country version included Read More

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Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree is a Christmas song written by Johnny Marks.  Marks had already written other Christmas hits such as Holly Jolly Christmas and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.  An instrumental version of Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree appears on the TV special, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, which featured Marks music. The Read More

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I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus is a Christmas song written by British songwriter, Tommie Connor. The fun song was commissioned by Saks Fifth Avenue to promote the store’s Christmas Card that year.  The original sketch on the Christmas card was drawn by Perry Barlow, an artist for The New Yorker. Thirteen-year-old, Jimmy Boyd, originally Read More

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Let it Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

Let it Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Was written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne in July 1945. Big Band Leader, Vaughn Monroe, first recorded the song on December 22, 1945. The song was actually written during a heat wave in Hollywood, CA. In the book Songwriters on Songwriting by Paul Zollo, Sammy Cahn said: Read More

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Have a Holly Jolly Christmas

We all love to hear Have a Holly Jolly Christmas during the holidays.  What a wonderful greeting or farewell. Have a Holly Jolly Christmas was written by Johnny Marks in 1962.  Marks also wrote the song, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.  The Quinto Sisters titled their first album Holly Jolly Christmas in 1964. In 1964, Have a Read More

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Caledonia

Caledonia, the song, is an unofficial anthem for Scotland. Caledonia, the word, is a Latin word for Scotland. The Scottish folk ballad was written by Dougie MacLean in 1977. MacLean was visiting the beach in Brittany, France but feeling homesick for his beloved Scotland.   He said: “I was in my early 20s and had been Read More

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What a Wonderful World

With Thanksgiving approaching, I thought What a Wonderful World would be a great song to discuss this week. Louis Armstrong recorded this song by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss in 1967.  He was only paid $250 for the original recording.   He accepted the spec payment to ensure the orchestra would also be paid. Read More

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12 Days of Christmas

Christmas season will officially start in just a few weeks, but I thought we would get a head start before enjoying a Thanksgiving song next week. The Twelve Days of Christmas is an English Christmas Carol that resolves around a series of gifts “my true love gave to me.” The song was published in 1780 Read More