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The 1960’s were a golden period for Christmas music as the world’s biggest artists threw themselves into their festive releases.

 

Christmas in the 60's Tracklist
East 17 – Stay Another Day
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
Ella Fitzgerald – O Come All Ye Faithful
Brenda Lee – Christmas Will Be Just Another Lonely Day
Doris Day – Winter Wonderland
The Supremes – Twinkle Twinkle Little Me
Johnny Mathis – When A Child Is Born
The Crystals – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
The Beatles – Christmas Time Is Here Again
Clarence Carter – Back Door Santa
The Ronettes – Frosty The Snowman
Perry Como – Do You Hear What I Hear?
The Everly Brothers – Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly
Jim Reeves – An Old Christmas Card
Frank Sinatra – I’ll Be Home For Christmas
Elvis – Blue Christmas
Bing Crosby – White World Of Winter
Vince Guaraldi Trio – O Christmas Tree (instrumental)
Ray Conniff – Christmas Bride
Stevie Wonder – Someday At Christmas
The Beach Boys – The Man With All The Toys
Roy Orbison – Pretty Paper
Adam Faith – Lonely Pup (In A Christmas Shop)
Charles Brown – Please Come Home For Christmas
James Brown – Let’s Make Christmas Mean Something This Year
Burl Ives – A Holly Jolly Christmas
Andy Williams – It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
Darlene Love – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

If you were to remove the songs of the sixties from the Christmas canon the remainder would surely be akin to Charlie Brown’s sickly Christmas tree. This was a decade that really put Christmas music to the forefront as big name artists like Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and the Beach Boys recorded complete works for the season. And no expense was spared as grand orchestras and expensive studios combined to conjure that signature festive sound.

The big daddy of them all is probably Phil Spector’s ‘A Christmas Gift To You’ which was originally pressed in December 1963. Exhibiting the famed wall-of-sound technique and featuring some of the greatest girl groups from the 60’s this album proved to be the benchmark for all other Christmas albums. In what was a faultless statement of Christmas intent it is perhaps Darlene Love’s ‘Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)’ that is the producer Phil Spector’s greatest legacy as it continues to summon goosebumps every time it is played.

Such was the gravitas of the Christmas music that was released in 1960’s music you’ll probably know most of the songs here. That said there are a few surprises, none more so than the contribution from big band conductor Ray Conniff who created the wonder that is ‘Christmas Bride’. You probably won’t hear it much on the radio over the holidays but this is a lavish piece of seasonal joy. And if you are planning to go down on bended knee this December there is no better accompaniment.

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