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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

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The Purple People Eater

“The Purple People Eater” tells how a strange creature descends to Earth because it wants to be in a rock ‘n’ roll band. The creature is described as a “one-eyed, one-horned, flying, purple people eater” The song was written and performed by Sheb Wooley and is classified as a novelty song.  The premise of the Read More

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Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear

Elvis Presley recorded {Let Me Be Your} Teddy Bear for his second movie, Loving You, in 1957.  He performs the song on screen. The song was written by Kal Mann and Bernie Lowe and published in 1957.  More than likely the duo wrote the song for the movie. The song became a huge hit for Read More

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Carolina in the Morning

The song Carolina in the Morning was running through my mind and since I live in Carolina, I thought it would be great to explore this song. The song was written by Gus Kahn and Walter Donaldson. The original lyrics, which were published in 1922 by Jerome H. Remick &  Co., are now in the Read More

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You Are My Sunshine

You Are My Sunshine is one song that I know can break through the bonds of dementia or connect with children. I was surprised to discover the origins of the song, though. The song was first recorded in 1939 by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell.  Davis and Mitchell are credited as the songwriters and own Read More

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Crying in the Chapel

Crying in the Chapel was one of Elvis Presley’s hit songs.  However, it was written by Artie Glenn. Artie Glenn wrote it for his son, Darrell, who recorded the song in 1953.  The high schooler recorded the song with his group, The Rhythm Riders. After being rejected by several publishing companies, the song was published Read More

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A Perfect Day

A Perfect Day was written by Carrie Smith-Bond, also known as the author of I Love You Truly. A Perfect Day was another hit for Bond.  The story of A Perfect Day is interesting. While traveling in California around 1909, Carrie stopped by at the Mission Inn in Riverside, California. In her own words: “..while dressing for Read More