The concept of the “overproduced” record is an interesting one.
The Kingston Trio is, quite straightforwardly, the most important band in the history of music that people don’t normally know about.
The fantastic thing about recording technology is that it allows us to travel in time.
The album Christmas With The Louvin Brothers surely must have sounded incredibly old-fashioned in 1961.
The history of recorded Christmas music is full of disparate traditions.
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.
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.