Warm Christmas Chestnuts
In this Episode, Christmas Crooners Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Perry Como, Frank Sinatra and more sing the traditional seasonal songs you know and love. Cuddle by candlelight or relax by the fire while these heartwarming classics evoke remembrances of Christmases past and set the scene for creating new holiday memories.
The Christmas Song Vince Guaraldi Trio (00:00:00)
Joy To the World Nat King Cole (00:00:50)
It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas Bing Crosby (00:02:10)
It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year Johnny Mathis (00:04:58)
(There’s No Place Like) Home For the Holidays Perry Como (00:07:42)
White Christmas Bing Crosby (00:10:36)
Deck the Halls Danny Kaye (00:13:45)
O Come All Ye Faithful Danny Kaye (00:14:59)
The First Noel Danny Kaye (00:17:10)
Up On the Housetop Gene Autry (00:19:16)
Frosty the Snowman Gene Autry (00:21:48)
Here Comes Santa Claus Gene Autry (00:23:44)
Santa Claus Is Coming to Town Frank Sinatra 00:26:27)
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear Frank Sinatra (00:28:06)
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing John Gary (00:31:10)
O Little Town of Bethlehem John Gary (00:32:54)
Silent Night John Gary (00:33:53)
O Holy Night Andy Williams (00:36:09)
What Child is This? Andy Williams (00:39:25)
Mary’s Boy Child Harry Belafonte (00:41:53)
Star Carol Anna Maria Alberghetti (00:44:49)
C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S Perry Como (00:46:58)
That Christmas Feeling Perry Como (00:49:47)
Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy David Bowie and Bing Crosby (00:53:17)
Do You Hear What I Hear? Robert Goulet (00:56:20)
Silver Bells Bing Crosby with Rosemary Clooney (00:59:37)
Jingle Bells Perry Como (01:02:38)
Sleigh Ride John Williams & The Boston Pops (01:06:00)
We Three Kings of Orient Are Eugene Ormandy & The Philadelphia Orchestra (01:08:47)
Carol of the Bells London Symphony Orchestra (01:10:47)
Winter Wonderland Dean Martin (01:13:12)
Marshmallow World Dean Martin (01:15:04)
Let It Snow Dean Martin (01:17:41)
The Christmas Song Nat King Cole (01:20:00)
Baby It’s Cold Outside Johnny Mercer and Margaret Whiting (01:23:20)
I’ll Be Home For Christmas Perry Como (01:26:17)
You’re All I Want for Christmas Bing Crosby (01:29:12)
Christmas Waltz Frank Sinatra (01:32:47)
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Frank Sinatra (01:35:45)
The Christmas Song (Reprise) Vince Guaraldi Trio (01:39:11)
I Wish You a Merry Christmas Bing Crosby (01:42:23)
SONG 1 The Christmas Song Vince Guaraldi Trio
Merry Christmas, and welcome to LoveLane Radio, where we celebrate life with love and joy. I’m your host, Linda Davison. This Episode, “Warm Christmas Chestnuts” will feature vintage holiday songs that evoke cherished memories of Christmases past and are still beloved today. Many of these songs are romantic, so you may want to light some candles, turn on the tree lights, and snuggle while you enjoy the show.
Let’s start our program with two legendary Christmas carolers announcing this joyful season. Nat King Cole’s “Joy to the World” is second only to “Silent Night” in the number of artist recordings, and Bing’s tune was written by Meredith Willson, famous for the wonderful songs in “The Music Man” play and movie. Here are Nat and Bing….
SONG 2 Joy To the World Nat King Cole
SONG 3 It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas Bing Crosby
Next up is Johnny Mathis, a top-selling artist of the 20th century, with his well-loved rendition of “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”….
SONG 4 It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year Johnny Mathis
This seasonal song was a #1 Hit for Perry Como in 1954, and remains on the Billboard holiday charts today.
SONG 5 (There’s No Place Like) Home for the Holidays Perry Como
It’s time to cuddle as we play the best-selling single of all time, written by Irving Berlin and introduced in the movie, “Holiday Inn” – here is the Christmas Crooner himself, Bing Crosby….
SONG 6 White Christmas Bing Crosby
Fred Astaire costarred with Bing in “Holiday Inn” and it was Danny Kaye who joined Bing in the film, “White Christmas.” Here is the beloved Danny Kaye singing more Christmas classics…
SONG 7 Deck the Halls Danny Kaye
SONG 8 O Come All Ye Faithful Danny Kaye
SONG 9 The First Noel Danny Kaye
For the young and the young at heart, we have a triple treat from the Singing Cowboy, Gene Autry. Gene will tell us about what happens “up on the housetop”, a magical snowman, and how he was inspired to write “Here Comes Santa Claus” while riding his horse in the 1946 Hollywood Christmas Parade. Here is Angel baseball fans’ favorite angel….
SONG 10 Up On the Housetop Gene Autry
SONG 11 Frosty the Snowman Gene Autry
SONG 12 Here Comes Santa Claus Gene Autry
Next is Ol’ Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra, with another Santa Claus favorite and a timeless Christmas hymn.
SONG 13 Santa Claus is Coming to Town Frank Sinatra
SONG 14 It Came Upon a Midnight Clear Frank Sinatra
We’ll continue with cherished Christmas carols from Frank’s favorite singer, John Gary. John had a 3 1/2-octave vocal range which allowed his singing to range from a robust baritone to a sweet tenor, often in the same song. From John Gary, here is a medley of three classic carols, including “Silent Night,” which is by far the most-recorded Christmas song in the world.
SONG 15 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing John Gary
SONG 16 O Little Town of Bethlehem John Gary
SONG 17 Silent Night John Gary
Another singer with an angelic voice was Andy Williams. He will join us now with two more treasured tunes.
SONG 18 O Holy Night Andy Williams
SONG 19 What Child is This? Andy Williams
Our beautiful music continues with cherished songs about the baby Jesus, including a Harry Belafonte classic that in 1957 was the first single to sell over 1 Million copies in the United Kingdom alone.
SONG 20 Mary’s Boy Child Harry Belafonte
SONG 21 Star Carol Anna Maria Alberghetti
If you’re with children this Christmas, you may want to listen to the next two tunes with them, as tender Perry Como shares gentle reminders about the reason for the season.
SONG 22 C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S Perry Como
SONG 23 That Christmas Feeling Perry Como
Our next Noel number also inspires us with the hope that comes with Christmas. This duet features Bing Crosby paired with David Bowie, who was a guest on Bing’s last Christmas special in 1977. Bing sings “Little Drummer Boy” and David the “Peace on Earth” melody and lyrics that were written especially for him. Bing and David taped the duet in September and Bing passed away 5 weeks later, before the special aired. It remains a cherished performance.
SONG 24 Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy David Bowie and Bing Crosby
There is another inspiring story behind our next seasonal sound, which was written by a couple during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. They were so frightened they cried during the writing process. This beloved song has been covered by hundreds of artists but the composers’ favorite version is Robert Goulet’s because of the way he emphasizes, “pray for peace.” Here is Robert Goulet’s rendition of “Do You Hear What I Hear?”
SONG 25 Do You Hear What I Hear? Robert Goulet
Our program continues with two more Christmas classics about bells, which sound especially wonderful this time of year. Bing Crosby harmonizes with Rosemary Clooney for “Silver Bells,” and Perry Como will perform “Jingle Bells” which was considered risqué when it was written in 1857 because of what unchaperoned couples might do while alone in the woods! Enjoy….
SONG 26 Silver Bells Bing Crosby with Rosemary Clooney
SONG 27 Jingle Bells Perry Como
Another fun fact about that scandalous number “Jingle Bells” is that it was the first song broadcast from space. It was sung by the Gemini 6 astronauts in December of 1965 after they spotted Santa’s sleigh. Their musical performance even included instruments – a smuggled harmonica and sleigh bells!
We’re now moving towards the Christmas cuddling part of our program, so I thought you might enjoy an instrumental musical interlude of your holiday favorites. Time to refill your cocoa mug or wine glass and maybe put another log on the fire….
SONG 28 Sleigh Ride John Williams & The Boston Pops
SONG 29 We Three Kings of Orient Are Eugene Ormandy & The Philadelphia Orchestra
SONG 30 Carol of the Bells London Symphony Orchestra
Feel free to snuggle while we listen to the King of Cool himself, Mr. Dean Martin, with a triple treat of cool yule favorites.
SONG 31 Winter Wonderland Dean Martin
SONG 32 Marshmallow World Dean Martin
SONG 33 Let It Snow Dean Martin
Dean’s last number, “Let It Snow” was written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Style during a Hollywood heat wave. They hoped that writing about snow would provide some relief! 1945 must have been a hot year because the same thing happened while Mel Torme and Bob Wells wrote our next song about the same time. It was a blistering hot summer day and they wanted to “stay cool by thinking cool.” Their masterpiece is now the most-performed holiday song. Here is the legendary Nat King Cole with some Christmas magic for you…..
SONG 34 The Christmas Song Nat King Cole
If you’re snuggling by the fireplace, I hope your chestnuts are getting warmer! Our next holiday hit was written by “Guys and Dolls” Tony Award Winner Frank Loesser and won an Oscar for Best Original Song. There are many great covers but my favorite is this next duet featuring Johnny Mercer and Margaret Whiting. Not only was Johnny one of the best songwriters ever, he could sing too – enjoy!
SONG 35 Baby It’s Cold Outside Johnny Mercer and Margaret Whiting
I hope you are keeping warm with the one you love, but if that person can’t be with you, our next seasonal sound from another Christmas crooner may comfort you. Perry Como was known as “Mr. Relaxation” because like Dean Martin his vocals sounded so effortless and soothing. This song remains an anthem for troops and their families who are separated during the holiday season. In their honor, here is Perry.
SONG 36 I’ll be Home for Christmas Perry Como
Our romantic mood continues with the unmistakable voice of Bing Crosby singing “You’re All I Want For Christmas”…
SONG 37 You’re All I Want For Christmas Bing Crosby
Next, we’ll hear another unmistakable voice, this one Frank Sinatra’s, singing two more romantic Christmas classics – the first, “Christmas Waltz” was written for Frank by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne in 1954 for a hit single, and then Frank recorded the version we’ll feature in 1968. The second classic, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” was introduced by Judy Garland in the 1944 musical, “Meet Me in St. Louis.” It was a World War II favorite, but when Frank recorded it in 1957 he asked songwriter Hugh Martin to revise the lyrics to make them more hopeful, which he did. For your listening pleasure, here is Frank….
SONG 38 Christmas Waltz Frank Sinatra
SONG 39 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Frank Sinatra
SONG 1 Reprise The Christmas Song Vince Guaraldi Trio
We’ve almost reached the end of our “Warm Christmas Chestnuts” show. I’d like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to our listeners and supporters, and welcome everyone to join our Twitter and Facebook community. Your iTune Reviews are also greatly appreciated. I wish you and yours a joyful holiday season and a New Year filled with many blessings.
For our last seasonal selections, let’s listen to the Vince Guaraldi Trio play a tune from the treasured Charlie Brown Christmas special, followed by the most famous Christmas Crooner of all, Bing Crosby, wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. This is your host Linda Davison joining Bing in that sentiment and saying goodbye for now – I hope you are living Life in the LoveLane.
SONG 40 I Wish You a Merry Christmas Bing Crosby