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The Carpenters – Christmas Portrait

Richard Carpenter and Karen Carpenter of the Carpenters were born in 1946 and 1950 respectively. In the mid-fifties they were no more than 10 and 6 years old.

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Vince Guaraldi Trio – A Charlie Brown Christmas

Frank Sinatra, infamously, once asked composer Hugh Martin to “jolly up” the lyrics to “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”.

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Nat King Cole – The Christmas Song

Nat King Cole, perhaps the greatest popular music voice of the 20th century, was a heavy smoker.

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Burl Ives – Christmas Day In The Morning
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Burl Ives – Christmas Day In The Morning

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

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Mark Kozelek – Sings Christmas Carols

One of the marvellous things about Christmas records is the way they keep up folk traditions.

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Jermaine Dupri Presents the 12 Soulful Nights of Christmas

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

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Odetta – Christmas Spirituals

Odetta is an artist whose career really thumbs its nose to all cultural essentialists out there.

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Mercedes Sosa – Navidad con Mercedes Sosa

Possibly because it’s a holiday closely linked to Christianity, tradition and commercialism, Christmas has often been construed as a particularly right-wing phenomenon.

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Peter Jöback – Jag Kommer Hem Igen Till Jul

One of the most wonderful things about Christmas music is how it can turn expectations on end.

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Stan Kenton – A Merry Christmas!

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.

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