18 December: The Ivy League: Good King Wenceslas

Published December 18, 2021

The Ivy League was a British 1960s band, two of its members being the songwriting duo of John Carter and Ken Lewis, who are perhaps best remembered for writing a number of hits for other acts, or one-hit-wonder studio creations. They also sang backing vocals on The Who's 'I Can't Explain' - I didn't know that.

This typically mid-1960s pop arrangement of 'Good King Wenceslas' was issued on The Ivy League's 1965 Christmas EP, and I think it's rather fab. If nothing else, the sheer fact that the EP had the wonderful name of The Holly And The Ivy League makes it worth including in the Advent Calendar.

Listen to 'Good King Wenceslas' here.

Or listen on Spotify, where I've created a playlist for this year's Advent Calendar.

The Spotify playlist for all the previous Advent Calendars is here. Note: The playlist is incomplete, as some of my calendar selections are just too obscure for Spotify.

The Holly And The Ivy League - one of the best titles of a collection of Christmas songs.

Advent Calendar 2021