sounds of the season, but they
aren't traditional carols and hymns.
They're secular songs that bring back
fond memories of Christmases in the 60s.
released from Spector's 1963 compilation album
A Christmas Gift For You From Philles Records.
The LP showcased the label's artists singing mostly
secular holiday songs enhanced by Spector's
lavish, multi-layered production style
known as the Wall of Sound.
as did Darlene's single which remained uncharted.
"Christmas, (Baby Please Come Home)" has since
become one of Darlene Love's signature songs.
Listen to lady Love's powerful pipes as she
rides Spector's Wall of Sound like a
champion surfer conquering a
50-foot wave at Waimea Bay!
Darlene Love (Christmas 1963, uncharted)
from album A Christmas Gift For You
From Philles Records (Phil Spector)
weeks after the assassination of JFK.
Like many other great records that
were introduced when the nation
was mourning the death of the
president, "Little Saint Nick"
had problems gaining radio
exposure and chart action.
The record reached #3
on Billboard's special
but missed the Hot 100.
version of "Little Saint Nick" appeared on
The Beach Boys' Christmas Album.
Over the years the festive song
has become a seasonal favorite.
of "Old Love" (#35 R&B), was one of my
favorite songs on the 1968 Intruders album
Cowboys to Girls. The antithesis of sweaty,
gritty James Brown funk and intense deep soul,
the joyful, light, breezycool "Every Day is
a Holiday" lent itself nicely to the holiday
spirit during Christmas season 1969.
was recorded in 1952 by 13 year old Jimmy Boyd.
that I grew up in 60 years ago. I feel very lucky
to have been around to experience the waning
years of The Age of Innocence that is no more.
Jimmy Boyd (Christmas 1952
highest chart position #1)
...some of the best holiday
SHADY LITTLE CHRISTMAS!