Otis Gibbs - Once I Dreamed of Christmas
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Otis Gibbs – Once I Dreamed of Christmas

To some extent, nearly all of the classic Tin Pan Alley Christmas songs are about escape.

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Angela Morley, her Orchestra and Chorus – Christmas by the Fireside
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Angela Morley, her Orchestra and Chorus – Christmas by the Fireside

For decades, as late as the sixties and in some cases the seventies, the most popular radio stations in both the US and UK were dedicated to a genre that is practically unheard tod

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Eddie Kamae and the Sons of Hawaii – Christmas Time

By 1978, the Hawaiʻian folk revival was slowly losing the immense, culturally impactful steam it had half a decade earlier.

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Jessye Norman – Christmastide

The late, great Jessye Norman, who passed away in September this year at the age of 74, is far from the only opera singer to release a Christmas album.

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Charles Brown Sings Christmas Songs
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Charles Brown – Charles Brown Sings Christmas Songs

Bells will be ringing at the start of Charles Brown’s soulful Sings Christmas Songs album. What follows is an unhurried collection of non-standard R&B Christmas tunes.

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Jerry Barnes – The New Born King

Sometimes, it’s hard to imagine an album being released a different year than it came out, because it’s so much of its time.

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Huey “Piano” Smith and the Clowns – ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas

I don’t think I’m going out on a limb when I say that the true golden age for Christmas records in the United States was the early 1960s.

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Madeline MacNeil – The Holly and the Ivy: Christmas Music for Hammered Dulcimer and Voice

As someone partly brought up in Hungarian culture and near the pulsating history of its folk music, the hammered dulcimer is close to my musical heart.

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Lester Lanin – Christmas Dance Party
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Lester Lanin – Christmas Dance Party

Is there any Christmas music that’s just for really rich people? Once, of course, the likes of Händel’s Messiah would be performed for royalty and the upper echelons of

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Sia – Everyday is Christmas

When was the last time a major recording artist, at the very top of their career, released an all-original Christmas album? Not a single, or an album of holiday favourites, but an

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