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Playlist: Listen, my jingle belles and jaunty baubles! ~ Christmas 2019

December 10, 2019

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In the words of Moby Grape… listen, my friends! Yes, it’s the (hopefully) monthly playlist presented by George’s Journal just for you good people.

There may be one or two classics to be found here dotted in among different tunes you’re unfamiliar with or never heard before – or, of course, you may’ve heard them all before. All the same, why not sit back, sip a glass of mulled wine, munch on a mince pie and listen away; for in the words of Noddy Holder, ittttttt’s… well, I’m sure you know what comes next…

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CLICK on the track titles to hear them

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The Sauter-Finegan Orchestra ~ Midnight Sleighride (1954)¹

Frank Sinatra ~ Jingle Bells (1957)

Dean Martin ~ Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (1959)

Sammy Davis Jr ~ Christmas Time All Over The World (1965)

The Royal Guardsmen ~ Snoopy’s Christmas (1967)

Sally Ann Howes ~ Toyland (1967)

Petula Clark ~ The Happiest Christmas (1969)

Nina ~ Do You Know How Christmas Trees Are Grown? (1969)²

Happy Days ~ Christmas with Fonzie and The Cunninghams (1974)³

The Wombles ~ Wombling Merry Christmas (1974)

Morecambe & Wise and Des O’Connor ~ If You Want Me To Be A Goner,
Get Me A Record By Des O’Connor
(1975)4

Gladys Knight & The Pips ~ Do You Hear What I Hear? (1975)

Hall & Oates ~ Jingle Bell Rock (1983)

The Pro Arte Orchestra ~ The Box Of Delights (1984)5

Miles Davis, Marcus Miller and David Sanborn ~
We Three Kings Of Orient Are (1987)6

Ringo Starr ~ Pax Um Biscum (1999)

Eric Clapton ~ White Christmas (2018)

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¹ The popular jazz version of Sergei Prokofiev’s thoroughly festive-associated Troika, from his Lieutenant Kijé film score/ suite (1934); the Sauter-Finegan version recently featured in the movie Isle Of Dogs (2018)

² As performed by the then Baroness von Pallandt on the 1969 Morecamble & Wise Christmas Show

³ An excerpt from the sitcom’s second season episode ‘Guess Who’s Coming To Christmas’, broadcast on December 17th 1974

4 A classic sketch from the 1975 Morecambe & Wise Christmas Show

5 The theme from the BBC’s much-loved serial adaptation of John Masefield’s The Box of Delights (broadcast November 21st-December 24th 1984)

6 As performed on a 1987 edition of NBC’s Late Night with David Letterman; the trio would go on to appear in a scene, performing the same tune, in the following year’s Bill Murray feature-film Scrooged

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Playlist: Listen, my friends! ~ Autumn/ Winter 2019

November 28, 2019

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In the words of Moby Grape… listen, my friends! Yes, it’s the (hopefully) monthly playlist presented by George’s Journal just for you good people.

There may be one or two classics to be found here dotted in among different tunes you’re unfamiliar with or have never heard before – or, of course, you may’ve heard them all before. All the same, why not sit back, listen away and enjoy…

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CLICK on the song titles to hear them

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Eric Coates ~ (By The) Sleepy Lagoon (1942)¹

The Five Satins ~ In The Still Of The Night (1956)²

Alice and Ellen Kessler ~ The Boy From Ipanema (1967)

Ennio Morricone ~ L’Arena (1968)³

Ella Fitzgerald ~ Sunshine Of Your Love (1968)

Jean-Pierre Mirouze ~ Sexopolis (1968)

Mouth & MacNeal ~ How Do You Do? (1972)

Sid James ~ Our House (1973)4

The Hollies ~ He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother (Live) (1975)5

Gloria Gaynor ~ I’ve Got You Under My Skin (1976)

Vangelis ~ Love Theme (from Blade Runner) (1982)6

A Tribe of Toffs ~ John Kettley Is A Weatherman (1988)

Bananarama (featuring Gipsy Kings) ~ Long Train Running (Alma de Noche Mix) (1991)

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¹ The unmistakable theme of the long-running, much-loved BBC radio programme Desert Island Discs (1942-present)

² As featured in Martin Scorsese’s latest epic mob movie The Irishman (2019); this classic track is often credited as the original ‘doo wop’ song

³ From the soundtrack of the Italian spaghetti western Il Mercenario (A Professional Gun) (1968)

4  Originally written for and performed by Sid James for the stage musical Carry On London (1973)

5 As broadcast on an episode of the short-lived ITV pop-performance-featuring children’s show Supersonic (1975-77); curiously, some of its musical performances were later repackaged for the Twiggy-fronted US TV show Twiggy’s Jukebox (1978-79)

From the soundtrack of the seminal sci-fi classic Blade Runner (1982), which was, of course, set in ‘Los Angeles, November 2019’

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Playlist: Listen, my friends! ~ Winter/ Spring 2018

March 22, 2018

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In the words of Moby Grape… listen, my friends! Yes, it’s the (hopefully) monthly playlist presented by George’s Journal just for you good people.

There may be one or two classics to be found here dotted in among different tunes you’re unfamiliar with or have never heard before – or, of course, you may’ve heard them all before. All the same, why not sit back, listen away and enjoy…

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CLICK on the song titles to hear them

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Carmen Miranda ~ Chica Chica Boom Chic (1941)¹

Frank DeVol ~ The Glory Of Love (1967)²

Blood, Sweat & Tears ~
Variations On A Theme By Erik Satie (1st And 2nd Movements) (1968)

The Association ~ Everything That Touches You (1968)

Barry Gray ~ Opening Titles Theme from UFO (1970)

The New Seekers ~ I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing (Live) (1972)

Frank Zappa ~ Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow (1974)

ABBA ~ Ring Ring (Live) (1974)

Jean-Pierre Sabar ~ Vai Vai (1975)

Blo ~ Get That Groove In (1979)

Jenny Logan ~ Shake ‘n’ Vac (1979)

David Essex ~ Silver Dream Machine (1980)³

Mari Wilson ~ Just What I Always Wanted (1982)

Dudley Moore ~ Beethoven’s Colonel Bogey (1988)4

Billy Joel, Marlee Matlin and Oscar The Grouch ~ Just The Way You Are (1990)5

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¹ From the soundtrack of the recently crowned Best Picture Oscar winner, The Shape Of Water

² As featured over the opening titles of the classic race-relations-tackling comedy drama Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner (1967)

³ Performed on the 1980 New Year’s Eve edition of ITV’s The Kenny Everett Video Show (‘New Year’s Daze Show’) and from the soundtrack of the Essex-starring 1980 motorcycle-racing film drama Silver Dream Racer

4  From a Christmas special of Terry Wogan’s iconic BBC chat show, Terry In Pantoland (broadcast on December 21 1988)

5 As shown on the January 31 1990 episode of Sesame Street, which  was sponsored by the letter K and the number 11

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Playlist: Listen, my mince pie-munching pals! ~ Christmas 2017

December 15, 2017

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In the words of Moby Grape… listen, my friends! Yes, it’s the (hopefully) monthly playlist presented by George’s Journal just for you good people.

There may be one or two classics to be found here dotted in among different tunes you’re unfamiliar with or never heard before – or, of course, you may’ve heard them all before. All the same, why not sit back, sip a glass of mulled wine, munch on a mince pie and listen away; for in the words of Noddy Holder, ittttttt’s… well, I’m sure you know what comes next…

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CLICK on the track titles to hear them

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Edmund Gwenn and Margaret O’Hara ~ Christmas Is A Frame Of Mind (1947)¹

Donald Duck and Chip and Dale ~ Toy Tinkers (1949)

Julie London ~ I’d Like You For Christmas (1957)

The Springfields ~ Bambino (1962)

The Beatles ~ Christmas Songs Medley (1963-66)²

Thurl Ravenscroft ~ You’re A Mean One, Mr Grinch (1966)

The Rolling Stones ~ Cosmic Christmas (1967)³

Kenneth More and Albert Finney ~ I Like Life (1970)4

Albert King ~ Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin’ (1974)

Ronnie Barker and Richard Beckinsale ~ Slade’s Christmas Carols (1975)5

Kate Bush ~ December Will Be Magic Again (Live) (1979)6

Agnetha Fältskog and Linda Ulvaeus ~ Bjällerklang (1981)

Kenneth Williams ~ Willo The Wisp (Christmas Box) (1981)

Howard Blake ~ The Dance Of The Snowmen (1982)7

Frankie Goes To Hollywood ~ The Power Of Love (1984)

The London Symphony Orchestra ~ Escape From Piz Gloria/ Ski Chase (1999)8

Bing Crosby (featuring Martha Mears) ~ White Christmas (1942 and 1977)9

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¹ Miracle On 34th Street, the classic Christmas flick in which this scene appears, celebrates its 70th anniversary this year; Edmund Gwenn won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance as Kris Kringle

² These tunes are drawn from the Christmas records sent out to members of the Fab Four’s fan club members, a practice that lasted throughout the band’s existence in the ’60s

³ A hidden track to be heard after the opening song on the Stones’ heavily psychedelic album Their Satanic Majesties Request; ‘Cosmic Christmas’ was also a working title for the album

4 From Scrooge, the 1970 Hollywood musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol, for which Albert Finney won a Golden Globe Award for his take on Dickens’ iconic anti-hero

 A scene from the first Christmas special of the classic BBC prison-set sitcom, entitled No Way Out and first shown on December 24 1975

6 As performed on Ms Bush’s Christmas TV special, broadcast by the BBC on December 28 1979

7 From the soundtrack of the seminal seasonal animation The Snowman (1982)  

8 Originally from John Barry’s score for the festive-set Bond film extraordinaire On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, this soundtrack piece was performed here for the album Bond: Back in Action (1999)

9 The first and last ever versions of perhaps the most seasonal of all tunes, as recorded by Bing Crosby; the first, from the film in which it debuted – and for which it won the Best Original Song Oscar – Holiday Inn (1942) and, the second, from the 1977 CBS special Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas (the legendary star would die just weeks after its September 1977 recording; it was first broadcast on November 30 1977).

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Playlist: Listen, my friends! ~ November/ December 2017

November 13, 2017

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In the words of Moby Grape… listen, my friends! Yes, it’s the (hopefully) monthly playlist presented by George’s Journal just for you good people.

There may be one or two classics to be found here dotted in among different tunes you’re unfamiliar with or have never heard before – or, of course, you may’ve heard them all before. All the same, why not sit back, listen away and enjoy…

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CLICK on the song titles to hear them

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Mitch Miller and His Orchestra ~ March from The River Kwai (1958)¹

Sparky & Our Gang ~ Like To Get To Know You (1968) 

Harlem Johns Reshuffle ~ Good Lovin’ (1968)²

Piero Umilani ~ Lady Magnolia (1969)

Hookfoot ~ Here I Come/ Mystic Lady (1973)

Sarah Vaughan ~ Frasier (The Sensuous Lion) (1974)

The London Symphony Orchestra ~ A Day In The Life (1978)

Donna Summer ~ On The Radio (1979)

Bill Conti ~ Theme from Dynasty (1981)

Vangelis ~ Memories of Green (1982)³

T’Pau ~ Heart And Soul (1987)

ABC ~ When Smokey Sings (1987)

808 State ~ Pacific State (1989)

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¹ David Lean’s masterful, multi-Oscar-winning, near-anti-war epic, with which this theme is so intimately associated, celebrates its 60th anniversary this autumn

² Goldie Hawn, the subject of the video that accompanies this tune, established herself as a late ’60s ‘It Girl’ thanks to her bubbly dumb blonde persona on the classic NBC sketch comedy Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In (1968-73), in which she appeared for the first three seasons, sometimes memorably in the bikini-clad, body-painted manner showcased here

3 From the soundtrack of the seminal sci-fi adventure Blade Runner (1982); the composition actually predates the movie, having originally appeared on Vangelis’s 1980 album, See You Later

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Playlist: Listen, my friends ~ October 2017

October 3, 2017

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In the words of Moby Grape… listen, my friends! Yes, it’s the (hopefully) monthly playlist presented by George’s Journal just for you good people.

There may be one or two classics to be found here dotted in among different tunes you’re unfamiliar with or have never heard before – or, of course, you may’ve heard them all before. All the same, why not sit back, listen away and enjoy…

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CLICK on the song titles to hear them

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience ~ Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)¹

Anna Karina ~ Roller Girl (1967)²

Ron Grainer ~ Theme from The Prisoner (1967)³

Rita Coolidge ~ Superstar (1970)

Neil Richardson ~ Approaching Menace (1970)4

Don McLean ~ Vincent (Live) (1972)

Fleetwood Mac ~ Sara (1979)

The Two Ronnies ~ Mastermind Sketch (1980)

Burt Bacharach ~ Night Shift Love Theme (Instrumental) (1982)

Lee Wilkof and Ellen Greene ~ Suddenly, Seymour (1982)

David Dundas ~ Fourscore (1982)5

Martika ~ Toy Soldiers (1989)

Tom Petty ~ Free Fallin’ (1989)6

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¹ As performed at the Saville Theatre on London Shaftesbury Avenue (now an Odeon cinema) on May 28 1967, just two days after its eponymous album’s release; both Paul McCartney and George Harrison were in the audience

² From the 1967 French-language musical movie Anna

³ The opening episode of the cast-iron icon of 1960s British TV was first broadcast on ITV on September 6 1967

4 The unmistakeable theme from the intimidating quiz show for boffins, Mastermind (1972-97 and 2003-present)

5 The awesome instrumental that scored a montage of ‘forthcoming attractions’ seconds after the launch of the UK’s Channel 4 on November 2 1982; for years afterwards is was used to fill transmission breaks and, memorably, an excerpt of it accompanied the channel’s televised idents

6 The modern rock music legend passed on October 2; RIP, Tom.  

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Playlist: Listen, my friends! ~ September 2017

September 7, 2017

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In the words of Moby Grape… listen, my friends! Yes, it’s the (hopefully) monthly playlist presented by George’s Journal just for you good people.

There may be one or two classics to be found here dotted in among different tunes you’re unfamiliar with or have never heard before – or, of course, you may’ve heard them all before. All the same, why not sit back, listen away and enjoy…

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CLICK on the song titles to hear them

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Mason Williams ~ Classical Gas (1968)

Tammi Terrell ~ Memory Chest (1968)

Johnny Harris ~ Footprints On The Moon (1969)¹

Mouth & MacNeal ~ Hello-A (1972)

The Love Unlimited Orchestra ~ Love’s Theme (1973)

Slade ~ Far Far Away (1974)

David Shire ~ CREEP List/ Sequence (1976)²

Roy Wood ~ Lovely Rita/ Polythene Pam (1976)

Linda Ronstadt ~ Ooh Baby Baby (1978)

Lindisfarne ~ Run For Home (1978)

Huey Lewis and The News ~ Heart And Soul (1983)

The Bangles ~ Walk Like An Egyptian (Live) (1986)³

Jean-Claude Petit ~ Theme from Jean de Florette (1986)4

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¹ The awesomely atmospheric instrumental that was used by the UK’s ITV terrestrial channel for its coverage of the Apollo space programme’s moon shots and landings between 1969 and ’72; Johnny Harris was musical director for Shirley Bassey throughout the early and mid-’70s, a particularly buoyant era in her decades-long career

² From the score of the unparalleled journalists-on-the-job-thriller and timeless Watergate cover-up exposé-explaining All The Presidents Men (1976)

³ Performed live at Philadelphia’s Syria Mosque Arena sometime in 1986

4 Effectively an adaptation of the music from the aria Invano, Alvaro from Giuseppe Verdi’s opera La Forza del Destino (1862), this oh-so evocative theme from the French film industry-reviving heritage cinema classic (along with its back-to-back-released sequel Manon des Sources) lived on in the consciousness of UK TV viewers for many years, soundtracking as it did commercials for the Stella Artois lager brand, all of which borrowed the look, style and tone of the aforementioned flicks

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