One of the most wonderful things about listening to the very earliest attempts at Christmas albums is to see a genre take form. Take radio personality Arthur Godfrey.
You’d hardly expect a hip, critically lauded psychedelic rock band of the late sixties to release a Christmas album.
Perhaps the most unique feature of the rock‘n’roll revolution in the mid-fifties is its cross-market singularity.
The release is on a recently-launched budget label, whose lack of any clear direction meant that it would soon be wound up.
You can tell by the cover that Christmas by The Singers Unlimited is no ordinary Christmas album.
When James Brown opens his A Soulful Christmas album with the phrase “Santa Claus, Go Straight to the Ghetto”, it might come off as a novelty, as a joke, but he is dead
To some extent, nearly all of the classic Tin Pan Alley Christmas songs are about escape.
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
By 1978, the Hawaiʻian folk revival was slowly losing the immense, culturally impactful steam it had half a decade earlier.
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.