Frank Sinatra, infamously, once asked composer Hugh Martin to “jolly up” the lyrics to “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”.
Nat King Cole, perhaps the greatest popular music voice of the 20th century, was a heavy smoker.
Say the name Burl Ives and mention Christmas and the association will often run to a jolly old man persona, singing “Holly Jolly Christmas” slathered in lavish orchestr
One of the marvellous things about Christmas records is the way they keep up folk traditions.
December 21st, and something just ain’t right
See just the other day me and my baby had a fight
The cheerfulness and happy memories that sit at the heart of Christmas makes i
Odetta is an artist whose career really thumbs its nose to all cultural essentialists out there.
Possibly because it’s a holiday closely linked to Christianity, tradition and commercialism, Christmas has often been construed as a particularly right-wing phenomenon.
One of the most wonderful things about Christmas music is how it can turn expectations on end.
Stan Kenton was not just one of the biggest big band leaders in jazz history. In a particular way, he was pretty much the biggest – that is, in terms of band size.
One of the strikingly unusual things about the music industry in the early sixties was how studio orchestra arrangers could become stars in their own right.