Their voices are as warm as a Christmas spent by the hearth and can’t you just bask in the lush orchestral embellishment.
Bing Crosby – Christmas in Killarney
Johnny Cash – Little Drummer Boy
Mel Torme – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Perry Como – (There’s No Place Like) Home for the Holidays
Frank Sinatra – Jingle Bells
Nat King Cole – Mrs Santa Claus
Eddy Arnold – Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
Andy Williams – Christmas Is A Feeling In Your Heart
Bing Crosby – White Christmas
Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin – Marshmallow World
Michael Buble – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
Pat Boone – Silver Bells
Dean Martin – Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
Johnny Mathis – Christmas Is A Feeling In Your Heart
Frank Sinatra – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra spent most of the year singing about non-Christmas matters but it’s their contribution to the most magical season of the year that still leaves us spellbound. And when these men got hold of a yuletide song it didn’t really matter who recorded it subsequently because it is the crooners definitive version that we return to time and again over the holidays.
With those big voices at the controls you could be sure that there was plenty orchestral trimmings included. What would Bing Crosby’s ‘White Christmas’ be without those dramatic strings or how would Dean Martin’s ‘Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!’ shorn of the dainty brass sound I wonder? Equally rich of voice and orchestra is Mel Torme’s ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’ which memorably appeared on the classic 1990 Christmas movie ‘Home Alone’.
Moving away from the heavyweights there is plenty of lesser known lights such as Pat Boone, Eddy Arnold and of course Johnny Mathis. It was Mathis who gave the world a wonderful Christmas tome in ‘The Sounds of Christmas’ in the early 60’s. ‘Christmas Is a Feeling in Your Heart’ was the album’s main single and though it rarely gets an outing in December it is nonetheless a snow flecked dollop of magic.