Retro Crimbo/ Playlist: Listen, my friends ~ yule love the sound of this!
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, listen away and enjoy; for in the words of Noddy Holder, ittttttt’s… well, I’m sure you know what comes next…
CLICK on the song titles to hear them
Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra ~ Jingle Bells¹
Doris Day ~ Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
The Ventures ~ Sleigh Ride
Burt Bacharach ~ The Bell That Couldn’t Jingle
Kenneth More and Albert Finney ~ I Like Life²
Tom Jones ~ Winter Wonderland³
Julie Andrews ~ In The Bleak Midwinter4
Keith Richards ~ Run Rudolph Run
Eela Craig ~ A Spaceman Came Travelling
Jethro Tull ~ Ring Out, Solstice Bells
Paul McCartney ~ Pipes Of Peace
Henry Mancini/ Aled Jones ~ Every Christmas Eve/ Santa’s Theme5
Annie Lennox & Al Green ~ Put A Little Love In Your Heart6
Whitney Houston ~ Do You Hear What I Hear?
Jerry Nelson ~ It Feels Like Christmas7
Zooey Deschanel and Will Ferrell ~ Baby It’s Cold Outside8
The Beatles ~ Pantomime: Everywhere It’s Christmas9
¹ As featured in the 1957 Christmas special of ABC TV’s The Frank Sinatra Show
² From Scrooge (1970), the original musical film adaptation of A Christmas Carol
³ This awesome rendition dates from 1972 and may have originally featured on the BBC’s Top Of The Pops
4 As featured in ABC TV’s Julie’s Christmas Special, broadcast in 1973
5 From the film Santa Claus: The Movie (1985)
6 Originally sung and co-written by Jackie De Shannon – this version features in the film Scrooged (1988)
7 From the marvellous The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
8 From Elf (2003)… ahhh, Zooey – Santa, I know what I want for Christmas…!
9 A collection of short songs and Goon-esque skits that made up The Beatles’ Fourth Christmas Album, sent out as the 1966 seasonal gift to their Fan Club members