Christmas is better when you share it with someone special as evidenced by these singing yuletide duets.
Frankie Goes To Hollywood – The Power of Love
David Seville and The Chipmunks – The Chipmunk Song (Christmas, Don’t Be Late)
Cliff Richard – Saviour’s Day
Tommy Drennan – O Holy Night
The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl – Fairytale of New York
Johnny Mathis – When A Child Is Born
Shakin’ Stevens – Merry Christmas Everyone
Slade – Merry Xmas Everybody
Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas?
Dickie Valentine – Christmas Alphabet
Boney M. – Mary’s Boy Child/Oh My Lord
Mud – Lonely This Christmas
Cliff Richard – Mistletoe And Wine
Dean Martin may have recorded ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ but the original version of Frank Loesser’s composition was released by Margaret Whiting and Johnny Mercer back in 1949. Not to be outdone however Dino appears here having plenty of fun with his partner in crime Frank Sinatra. And don’t they just blow the competition away with their boisterous take on ‘Marshmallow World’?
David Bowie and Bing Crosby might have hammed it up for the cameras but their reading of ‘Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth’ is by now the classic rendition of the age old carol. This 1977 recording was made all the more poignant as Bing died shortly after the TV special it was part of was filmed. Equally homespun and heart-warming are the kings of country Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers as they waltz through the loveable ‘A Christmas To Remember’.
You’ll notice that most of the duets featured in this collection come from the distant past but it was hard to avoid the splash made by Mariah Carey and Justin Bieber during Christmas 2011. Reworking a modern day classic such as ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ is always a challenge but with the good lady herself managing the process it could never be anything but a lot of fun especially with Bieber giving it Christmas socks.