Episode 11 | The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

This Episode features contemporary Christmas favorites and will cheer you, even if you’re having a "Blue Christmas" like Elvis!  Hitch a "Sleigh Ride" with the Ronettes and join music artists from Brenda Lee to Pentatonix and Beatles to Mariah Carey as they celebrate with sounds of the season.  This show offers a fun variety of chart-topping Christmas songs old and new!


TRACK LIST

O Tannenbaum Vince Guaraldi Trio (00:00:00)

It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year Andy Williams (00:00:33)

Happy Holiday/The Holiday Season Andy Williams (00:03:07)

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas Michael Buble’ (00:05:41)

We Need a Little Christmas Johnny Mathis (00:09:00)

All I Want For Christmas is You Mariah Carey (00:11:00)

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree Brenda Lee (00:14:50)

Jingle Bell Rock Bobby Helms (00:16:58)

Holly Jolly Christmas Burl Ives (00:19:32)

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Gene Autry (00:28:48)

Here Comes Santa Claus Elvis Presley (00:25:24)

Sleigh Ride The Ronettes (00:27:17)

Winter Wonderland Amy Grant (00:30:09)

Christmastime is Here Vince Guaraldi Trio 00:32:24)

Caroling, Caroling Anna Maria Alberghetti (00:35:05)

Silver Bells Andy Williams (00:36:32)

Baby It’s Cold Outside Martina McBride & Dean Martin (00:40:00)

Little St. Nick The Beach Boys (00:42:55)

Mele Kalikimaka Jimmy Buffett (00:44:55)                 

The Chipmunk Song The Chipmunks with David Seville (00:48:08)

White Christmas The Drifters (00:50:29)

Santa Baby Eartha Kitt (00:53:05)

Feliz Navidad Jose Feliciano (00:56:27)

Joy To the World Jim Brickman (00:59:27)

What Child is This? Vince Guiraldi Trio (01:02:35)

Carol of the Bells John Tesh (01:04:54)

Away in a Manger John Denver (01:08:25)

A Baby Just Like You John Denver (01:10:26)

Some Children See Him Diahann Carroll (01:13:17)

Blue Christmas Elvis Presley (01:15:15)

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) Mariah Carey (01:17:18)

Last Christmas Wham (01:19:46)

Please Come Home For Christmas Eagles (01:24:02)

I’ll Be Home For Christmas Carpenters (01:27:03)

Merry Christmas Darling Carpenters (01:30:49)

Where Are You Christmas? Faith Hill (01:33:50)

Someday at Christmas Stevie Wonder (01:37:50)

Grown-Up Christmas List Natalie Cole (01:40:38)

Do You Hear What I Hear? Andy Williams (01:44:42)

Happy xMas (War Is Over) John Lennon, Yoko Ono & the Harlem Community Choir (01:47:50)

Wonderful Christmastime Paul McCartney (01:51:19)

Christmas Waltz Carpenters (01:55:07)

The Night Before Christmas Carly Simon (01:57:19)

The Gift Jim Brickman with Collin Raye and Susan Ashton (02:00:44)

This Christmas Straight No Chaser (02:04:30)

That’s Christmas To Me Pentatonix (02:07:20)

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Sam Smith (02:10:17)

Silent Night The Temptations (02:13:15)

O Tannenbaum (Reprise) Vince Guaraldi Trio (02:19:16)

Jingle Bells/It’s Christmas Time All Over the World Sammy Davis Jr. (02:24:18)

 


SHOW SCRIPT

 

LOVELANE RADIO EPISODE 11 – THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR

 

 

SONG 1 O Tannenbaum Vince Guaraldi Trio

 

Happy Holidays, and welcome to LoveLane Radio, where we celebrate life with love and joy.  I’m your host, Linda Davison.  This Episode, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” will feature contemporary holiday songs.  These seasonal sounds are perfect while you’re trimming your tree, baking cookies, hosting a Christmas party or taking a well-deserved break from the holiday rush.  Let’s get this party started with a 1963 song written for Andy Williams’ first Christmas album, and it remains a Top 20 holiday favorite today…

 

SONG 2 It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year Andy Williams

 

As a double delight from Andy Williams, our next number is a pairing of a song written by Irving Berlin for the movie, “Holiday Inn” and another tune Andy’s mentor Kay Thompson wrote for her protégé.  Enjoy…..

 

SONG 3 Happy Holiday/The Holiday Season Andy Williams

 

Next up is a popular classic from Canadian caroler, Mr. Michael Buble, as well as a Christmas hit written for the musical “Mame” and recorded by Johnny Mathis. 

 

SONG 4 It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas Michael Buble

SONG 5 We Need a Little Christmas Johnny Mathis

 

The seasonal song topping the charts this year is a tune cowritten, co-produced and performed as the singer’s first song on her first Christmas album in 1994.  Here is Mariah Carey with “All I Want for Christmas is You”….

 

SONG 6 All I Want for Christmas is You Mariah Carey

 

Two other holiday hits in Billboard’s Top Five were released in the 1950’s.  Little Miss Dynamite Brenda Lee recorded “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” when she was only 13, and country music singer Bobby Helms created a classic with “Jingle Bell Rock.”

 

SONG 7 Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree Brenda Lee

SONG 8 Jingle Bell Rock Bobby Helms

 

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree was written by Johnny Marks, who also wrote the songs in the animated “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” television special.  “Rudolph” was originally recorded by “Singing Cowboy” and beloved Anaheim Angels baseball team owner, Gene Autry, and was the 2nd record in history to sell more than three million copies.  “Holly Jolly Christmas”, also featured in the “Rudolph” special, was a big hit for the “snowman” narrator, Burl Ives.  I hope you relive some wonderful memories with these Johnny Marks compositions, which are also on Billboard’s list of this year’s 10 most popular Christmas songs.

 

SONG 9   Holly Jolly Christmas Burl Ives

SONG 10 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Gene Autry

In addition to singing, acting and owning a baseball team, Gene Autry was also a songwriter.  He was inspired to write “Here Comes Santa Claus” while riding his horse in the 1946 Hollywood Christmas Parade – the crowd chanted “here comes Santa Claus” in anticipation of Kris Kringle as the parade’s finale.  Gene’s 1947 recording was a country and pop hit, but my favorite version is from the guy who followed Gene with the 3rd record to sell more than three million copies, Elvis Presley.  This song didn’t sell quite as well as Elvis’ “Hound Dog” but it’s still a Christmas classic!

 

SONG 11 Here Comes Santa Claus Elvis Presley

 

Incidentally, the first record to sell more than three million copies was “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby, which we’ll feature in our next Episode.  For festive fun in the great outdoors, here are some songs about cold-weather Christmases from Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Ronettes and the Queen of Christian Pop Amy Grant, who also happens to be Mrs. Vince Gill.

 

SONG 12 Sleigh Ride The Ronettes

SONG 13 Winter Wonderland Amy Grant

 

There’s something about snow that makes singing and bells sound even more beautiful.  I hope you enjoy the sweet sounds of the Vince Guiraldi Trio with the Charlie Brown Christmas kids, Anna Maria Alberghetti and Andy Williams.

 

SONG 14 Christmastime is Here (Vocal) Vince Guaraldi Trio

SONG 15 Caroling, Caroling Anna Maria Alberghetti

SONG 16 Silver Bells Andy Williams

 

Cold winter nights create a perfect opportunity for snuggling by candlelight or a fireplace.  “Baby It’s Cold Outside” was written by Frank Loesser, who won a Best Original Song Oscar when Ricard Montalban sang this number with Esther Williams in the 1949 movie, “Neptune’s Daughter.”  Through the wonders of technology, our next number is a fun duet blending Dean Martin’s 1959 cover with Martina McBride’s in 2007.  Enjoy…

 

SONG 17 Baby It’s Cold Outside Martina McBride and Dean Martin

 

For those of us celebrating Christmas in more tropical climates, here are some Merry Christmas melodies from California surfers The Beach Boys and Mr. Margaritaville, Jimmy Buffett.

 

SONG 18 Little St. Nick The Beach Boys

SONG 19 Mele Kalikimaka Jimmy Buffett

 

The fun continues with three more holiday hits that have been popular for decades.  The first is your favorite chipmunk song, the second is The Drifters version of “White Christmas” featured in the movie, “Home Alone,” and the third features the sultry purring of Batman’s Catwoman foe, Eartha Kitt.

 

SONG 20 The Chipmunk Song The Chipmunks with David Seville

SONG 21 White Christmas The Drifters

SONG 22 Santa Baby Eartha Kitt

 

Our next fun favorite was recorded by Puerto Rican singer and songwriter Jose Feliciano in 1970 and is still the 8th most popular Christmas song in America!

 

SONG 23 Feliz Navidad Jose Feliciano

 

Next are the musical stylings of Jim Brickman, the Vince Guaraldi Trio and John Tesh as they play some of your favorite holiday instrumentals.

 

SONG 24 Joy To the World Jim Brickman

SONG 25 What Child is This? Vince Guaraldi Trio

SONG 26 Carol of the Bells John Tesh

 

When John Denver released his first Christmas album in 1975, he was celebrating not only the birth of Jesus but also becoming a father to his son, Zachary.  His smooth tenor voice expresses the wonder of Christmas and the hopes parents have for their children.

 

SONG 27 Away in a Manger John Denver

SONG 28 A Baby Just Like You John Denver

 

In 1965, Diahann Carroll recorded this beautiful song about children throughout the world.  Three years later she would become the first African-American woman to star in her own television series, “Julia.” 

 

SONG 29 Some Children See Him Diahann Carroll

 

I hope you have a joyful holiday season with the people you love.  If you can’t be with them, some of the most beloved seasonal songs are about being separated from a dear one, and I hope you find comfort in these melodies.  Singing classic Christmas songs of longing are Mariah Carey, Wham, the Eagles and the King of Rock and Roll himself, Mr. Elvis Presley.

 

SONG 30 Blue Christmas Elvis Presley

SONG 31 Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) Mariah Carey

SONG 32 Last Christmas Wham

SONG 33 Please Come Home for Christmas Eagles

 

Two more of the most-loved Christmas songs of yearning are sung beautifully by Karen Carpenter.  The first was made famous by Bing Crosby as an anthem for soldiers stationed overseas, and the second was written by Richard Carpenter and became the #1 Christmas song in 1970, ’71 and ’73.

 

SONG 34 I’ll Be Home For Christmas Carpenters

SONG 35 Merry Christmas Darling Carpenters

 

Our next Noel numbers are poignant reminders of the hope that Christmas brings.  Faith Hill performs a song originally sung by Cindy Lou Who in “The Grinch That Stole Christmas” movie, Stevie Wonder imagines “Someday at Christmas,” Natalie Cole gives us a beautiful rendition of David Foster’s “Grown-up Christmas List,” and Andy Williams asks “Do You Hear What I Hear?”

SONG 36 Where Are You Christmas? Faith Hill

SONG 37 Someday at Christmas Stevie Wonder

SONG 38 Grown-Up Christmas List Natalie Cole

SONG 39 Do You Hear What I Hear? Andy Williams

 

The legendary Beatles songwriting team of Lennon & McCartney is represented in 2016’s Top 20 holiday songs.  John Lennon and Yoko Ono perform “Happy Christmas (War Is Over)” with the Harlem Community Choir, and Paul McCartney sings “Wonderful Christmastime.”

 

SONG 40 Happy xMas (War Is Over) John Lennon, Yoko Ono & the Harlem Community Choir

SONG 41 Wonderful Christmastime Paul McCartney

 

Next are three more Christmas classics by the Carpenters, Carly Simon and Jim Brickman.

 

SONG 42 Christmas Waltz Carpenters

SONG 43 The Night Before Christmas Carly Simon

SONG 44 The Gift Jim Brickman with Collin Raye and Susan Ashton

 

Some songs are so superb they sound lush even with minimal instrumentation.  I hope you enjoy the next three examples of sparing but beautiful holiday melodies.

 

SONG 45 This Christmas Straight No Chaser

SONG 46 That’s Christmas To Me Pentatonix

SONG 47 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Sam Smith

 

As we’re nearing the end of the LoveLane for this show, I’d like to thank our listeners for your donations and support.  I welcome you to join the LoveLane Radio communities on Twitter and Facebook, and would greatly appreciate your Reviews on iTunes. 

 

Silent Night was written in 1818 and is by far the most-recorded Christmas song.  It has been covered hundreds of times in every musical genre.  For this show, we’re featuring the ever-popular 1980 version by The Temptations…

 

SONG 48 Silent Night The Temptations

 

SONG 1 REPRISE O Tannenbaum Vince Guaraldi Trio

 

Thank you for joining us, and I hope you enjoyed this show as much as I did.  I’m your host Linda Davison signing off for now, and wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season and a New Year filled with many joyful moments.  May you always live Life in the LoveLane!  To play us out, here is the Vince Guaraldi Trio from the beloved Charlie Brown Christmas special, followed by the legendary Sammy Davis, Jr.  Merry Christmas, everyone!

 

SONG 49 Jingle Bells/It’s Christmas Time All Over the World Sammy Davis Jr.