04 December: Sonny James: I Forgot To Remember Santa Claus

Published December 04, 2021

Every now and then we like a cautionary tale in the Advent Calendar. This time it comes courtesy of Sonny James who almost "forgot to remember Santa Claus" when he put together his Christmas shopping list, as related on this 1954 recording. I thought it would be wise to post this song early in the Advent Calendar so that you all remember dear old Santa when you buy your presents.

By the way, having taken on the role of Santa for many years now, I am pleased to report that I've never been forgotten: there have always been several nice gifts for me.

Listen to 'I Forgot To Remember Santa Claus' 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

03 December: William Bell: Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday

Published December 03, 2021

Before I came across this great Christmas song, I only knew William Bell from 'Private Number', his magnificent 1968 duet with Judy Clay. On this evidence, though, there's more to discover.

'Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday' was released in 1967, but didn't become a major hit, only reaching #33 on the R&B chart and not showing up at all on the Pop charts. Knowing what a great year that was for music, I suppose competition must have been fierce.

Listen to 'Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday' 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

02 December: Ray Rasch And The Pipers 10: Sugar Plum Cha Cha

Published December 02, 2021

As long-time followers will know, we've never shied away from Latin rhythms in the Advent Calendar. This year they come courtesy of Ray Rasch, about whom not much seems to be known except he worked in Hollywood in the 1950s and 1960s and contributed to Charlie Chaplin's score for Limelight. Well, if nothing else, let him also be known for this marvellous 1962 take on a piece from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite.

Listen to 'Sugar Plum Cha Cha' here.

Or listen on Spotify, where I've created a playlist for this year's Advent Calendar. (Unfortunately, the version of this track provided by YouTube and Spotify is rather distorted, so I recommend the file linked to above.)

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

01 December: Patty Surbey & The Canadian VIP's: (I Want) A Beatle For Christmas

Published December 01, 2021

Welcome to the 2021 Advent Calendar!

We start with a bang for, after all, who can resist a Christmas song that features the couplet, "You remember last Christmas when I asked for Ringo, but all you sent me was a game of bingo"? Canadian singer Patty Surbey, described on one website as "a perky amalgam of Connie Francis and Brenda Lee, with maybe a bit of Annette Funicello or Cathy Carroll thrown in for good measure", was 15 years old when she recorded this in 1964. She left the music business only a couple of years later; presumably, she realised there was no way she could top this recording.

Listen to '(I Want) A Beatle For Christmas' 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advent Calendar 2021