Bruce Springsteen is certainly no stranger to Christmas music fans. His version of "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" has been a radio staple since the 70's. His cover of "Merry Christmas Baby" was a highlight of the first Very Special Christmas collection in the late 80's. And he always manages to put a holiday song or two into any of his shows that take place in December. A couple years ago, he recorded a concert as a webcast, later released on DVD, to promote "The Promise", which included this version of "Blue Christmas"!
Emerson, Lake and Palmer are mostly known, in Christmas music circles, for their song "I Believe In Father Christmas", a song which is well on its way to becoming a holiday standard. with recent cover versions recorded by U2, Sarah Brightman and Vertical Horizon (just to name a few). They also put their own very original spin on "The Nutcracker Suite" with a song they call "Nutrocker"!
Taking Back Sunday recorded live during AOL Sessions. It's their own spin on "The 12 Days Of Christmas", with commentary as the song progresses, asking many questions we've probably all thought about at one time or another...
Surprisingly, Sammy Davis Jr. only recorded a handful of Christmas songs, while other Rat Packers Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin) gave us a rich library of holiday music. Sammy recorded a couple of standards, as well as "Christmas Time All Over The World", which was a track that didn't actually get released until some ten years after he passed away! Here's a fan-made video, celebrating the song and the spirit of the season!
Chuck Negron was one of the lead singers for Three Dog Night. He released a Christmas album in the 1990's, which included his arrangement of "Joy To The World" - which includes the traditional song as well as the song of the same name by his old band! Oh, plus it's Chuck's birthday today!
I admit it. I love the Partridge Family. Always have. And while they did several nice classic Christmas songs, the Partridge Family original "My Christmas Card To You" is still one of my all-time favorites!
Ann and Nancy Wilson first released this original songs as a single that only went to radio. Then they released a Christmas album under the name The Lovemongers. Finally, that album was issued under the band's name. From Heart's Christmas album, here's a fan-made video of "Here Is Christmas".
Harry Connick Jr. has given us a lot of Christmas music over the years. This is the title track from his first Christmas collection from 1993.
Neil has given us a lot of Christmas music over the years. One of my favorite things about him is that he seems to have a pretty good sense of humor about himself. On his most recent Christmas album, he did a cover of Adam Sandler's Chanukah Song as well as "A Cherry Cherry Christmas", where he works in the titles of many of his most popular songs.
XTC delivered "Thanks For Christmas" as a single in 1983 under the name Three Wise Men. Not sure if this was supposed to be a secret, or if they were just trying something a little different. I'm guessing the latter, since you can find it on XTC compilations now. It's a nice slice of Christmas in the 80's, with a fan-made video of the hustle and bustle of the season in London!