22 December: Claudine Longet: I Don't Intend To Spend Christmas Without You

Published December 22, 2012

Like many others of my generation, I first encountered Claudine Longet in the Peter Sellers vehicle The Party. The film opened in 1968 so obviously I was too young to catch it the first time, but in the Eighties the cinemas would still run older movies in the summers, before the home video market killed that phenomenon completely. In case the name Claudine Longet means nothing to you she's the girl in a yellow dress who sings the song 'Nothing To Lose' (I wish this version of the song would be released on CD at some point; the version that was released on record at the time is a different recording). Could anything be more Sixties than this, I ask you?

In 1967, Claudine recorded a Christmas single entitled 'I Don't Intend To Spend Christmas Without You', applying the same soft, whispery vocals that she did to everything she sang. If only Christmas always felt like this song makes me feel... I haven't got anything more to add except to say that it's a great recording and that you can listen to it by clicking here.

Claudine Longet: I Don't Intend To Spend Christmas Without You.