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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

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Song Story: Scarborough Fair

Scarborough Fair is a traditional English ballad about the Yorkshire town of Scarborough. Scarborough is a small town on the coast of England. The “Scarborough Fair” was a popular gathering in Medieval times, attracting traders and entertainers from all over the country. The fair lasted 45 days and started every August 15th. In the 1600s, Read More

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Behind the Song: Highland Cathedral

    Often when you hear the bagpipes one of the songs that is popular to be played is Highland Cathedral, although the song does have lyrics.   The song falls right behind Amazing Grace and Scotland the Brave, as a request for the bagpipes. In honor of St. Andrews Day later this month, I thought Read More

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Song Story: Over There

Over There was written by George M. Cohan in 1917, during the height of World War I.  The song became an instant hit. The song reflected Americans’ expectations that the war would be short.  It was a patriotic song designed to galvanize American young men to enlist in the army and fight the “Hun”. The Read More

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Patriotic songs: This is My Country

This is My Country is a popular patriotic song for both the native born and the immigrant. The song was composed in 1940 by the songwriting duo Don Raye {born Don Raye Wilhoite, Jr.} and Al Jacobs. Don Raye Wilhoite, Jr. was born on March 16, 1909 in Washington, D.C.  He changed his name to Read More

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Halloween Songs: Monster Mash

Monster Mash is a Halloween song that has continued to be a hit since its release in 1962. One night while Bobby “Boris” Pickett was performing with his band, he decided to do a monologue imitation of horror movie actor Boris Karloff to the song “Little Darlin” by the Diamonds.   The monologue was such an Read More