Padre Steve’s White Christmas

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I don’t do much singing nor do I play a musical instrument but I have been listening to nothing on the radio the past several days except Christmas music on the Sirius XM Sounds of the Season channel. I have stopped, for the next couple of weeks listening to sports talk radio, news and political commentary and even my beloved 1970s music. One song that appears quite regularly is the classic is Irving Berlin’s White Christmas which was first recorded by Bing Crosby for the 1942 film Holiday Inn. The song was released shortly after the Pearl Harbor attack by Crosby and has become a staple of Christmas.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Yg5g_Xl-uU

It is really quite Amazing, the song is the most recorded song on this planet, and possibly even on the Klingon Home World in the future, of course it will be the Twisted Sister Version that makes number one on the Klingon Charts:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2JdsZ0fSr8

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When it was released in 1942 White Christmas sold over 30 million copies and remained number one on the Pop and R&B charts for 10 weeks. It remained the number one single in its initial release for over 50 years when Elton John released his Candle in the Wind 1997 written and performed for the funeral of Diana Princess of Wales. There is controversy about this as White Christmas was re-released by Decca in 1945 and 1946 and the totals for all are estimated at over 50 million copies as opposed to the 33 million of Candle in the Wind 1997. The song is the only song to ever reach the number one position on the pop charts three separate times.

The song has been recorded over 500 times by artists as diverse as Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Ernest Tubbs, Elvis Presley, Andy Williams, the Carpenters, Garth Brooks, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, Chicago, Otis Redding, Barbara Streisand and even Twisted Sister.

The Drifters version was the first appeared on the R&B chart before crossing over to the pop charts. However it was little known until it was used in 1990 film Home Alone. 

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgGcrvApljY

A classic country rendition of the song was done by the legendary Ernest Tubb. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNzvUh-tJRY while Elvis Presley recorded hit in 1957  http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3shhn_elvis-presley-white-christmas_music 

 

Many others recorded it as well, some include Andy Williams: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PVfVUiZ-0ERod Stewart: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EvQOmjXCxcBette Midler: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYswJUHZG0gBarbara Streisand http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyfYDOvPgcQ, Otis Redding http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwCcVRH8idA Dean Martin http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ubi18WX3w6c Tony Bennett http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQpc2w1oWp0 and Frank Sinatra: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8m3YOr8RIIo

Many more contemporary singers and groups have recored this classic. Bob Marley and the Whalers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEfGeOcQiQM  Rascal Flatts  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMi1R96wfdA, Elton John http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZEOG66l1BY Chicago http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_3-JIOuLiMMichael Bolton:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrf9weGDCxE, Michael Buble  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDwFehTaiuw , Kelly Clarkson http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCl7-0dMOzs , the Celtic Women http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcEsypy6tIE, CeeLo Green http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZLZHIrkG7w  , Diana Krall http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OS0K5R46vvM, Taylor Swift http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZhdTxgnLTE  Lady Gaga http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fy1Yxng6IGA 

So my friends, enjoy a very White Christmas!

Peace

Padre Steve+

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4 responses to “Padre Steve’s White Christmas

  1. I LOVE Bing’s “White Christmas” have SEVERAL CDS with the song on it…AND listen to the Holiday Sounds of the Season ON XM Satellite radio..and the rest of the time to the 70’s XM station ( but my daughter got me listening to the new rock hits too..AMAZINGLY>>) LOL!!! I LOVE CHRISTMAS music..the modern one I like is Lady Gaga’s and Space Cowboy’s “Christmas Tree”…it’s TOO Funny!

  2. Dear Padre Steve,

    Every now and then, I come across a song that is so good, I want to share it with people who I think might like it too.

    “All I’m Gettin’ For Christmas Is the Blues” by Deb Ryder is that song. This ‘swinging holiday blues’ tune, may be the ‘Christmas’ hit of the decade. I just love it – and I hope you do too. Here’s a link to the song (this is simply a YouTube link):

    All I’m Gettin’ For Christmas Is the Blues – by Deb Ryder

    If you like it, feel free to share it or embed it anywhere.. Thank you for all you do for the spirit of Christmas.

    Seasons Greetings to the entire Padre Steve family, from the folks here @ MusicUCanSee.

    Tamie Towers
    MusicUCanSee

  3. Have you actually listened to the songs off “A Twisted Christmas”? I love them, especially since I grew up in the age of “hair metal” bands. And when you hear that “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “Oh Come, All Ye Faithful” actually sync up, it is just AWESOME! 😀
    Though as I think of you and your fellow service folk, an old standard always gives me that sad-but-warm feeling – “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”. Just the thought of a WW2 GI sitting on his steel pot in the snow, writing a letter home – just kinda gets me.
    And you’re starting to drag me along with ya, dang it! 😉

  4. padresteve

    Reblogged this on Padresteve's World…Musings of a Passionate Moderate and commented:

    Friends of Padre Steve’s World,
    In keeping with the season I am continuing to post Christmas music. Tonight is an updated and hopefully improved version of an article I did last year on the song White Christmas. It is a song which is not only a staple of Christmas appreciated by people of all walks of life and faiths, but also the most recorded song in the history of music.
    So I hope you enjoy my dive into the just a few of the renditions of the song in a number of genres.
    Have a great night,
    Peace
    Padre Steve+

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