BlogCast: Tom’s Top 20 Countdown “2” Christmas: Song 2

A holiday tradition can sometimes start where and when least expected.

Talk show host David Letterman certainly found that out. He presided over NBC’s Late Night from 1982 – 1993 and CBS’s Late Show from 1993 – 2015. From 1986 to 2014, he kept multiple millions of his loyal fans (inclusive of yours truly) tuning in, annually, to watch and be wowed by songstress Darlene Love… to hear her sing her heart out while performing the holiday classic, Christmas, Baby Please Come Home.

Letterman’s sidekick, music director and musical genius, Paul Shaffer, never ceased to top his previous years’ already superb musical scores… his efforts even further enhanced by stunning, festive decor, lighting and visual effects (e.g. simulated snowfall).

The lead video, above, features Love’s spectacular final Late Show performance in 2014.

I’m also including Love’s 2002 appearance for it has extra-special meaning to me. That year was my Mom’s last Christmas on Earth… the last time we had watched it together. Setting my sentimentality aside, this clip also provides us a really cool comparison of Shaffer’s scores.

For the real diehard Letterman fans I’m also including Love’s 1986 debut performance, as well. Sorry for the substandard audio quality but this clip is from a pre-digital TV era.

For those who would like to be wowed even further, check out the magnificent, post-production work of an editor, who mashed up several of Love’s performances.

Naturally, I’d never forget those of us who’ll enjoy ear witnessing the 1963, recording studio birth of this song.

A few days ago, my fave online news source, HuffPo, reported some great news! NBC Tonight Show Host Jimmy Fallon along with Anna Kendrick, Darlene Love & The Roots raised their voices in song… this very song… Christmas, Baby Please Come Home. With Letterman now in retirement, we can only hope Fallon’s talk show will become Love’s new venue… that she’ll be back for many more years to come. After all…

A (new) holiday tradition can sometimes start where and when least expected.

 

I thank you for your listenership and cordially invite you back for the final installment of 2017’s Top 20 Countdown “2” Christmas… where I’ll be presenting song #1 tomorrow… Christmas Day.

 

Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays to all and to all a Good Night!

 

You’re also cordially invited to click back here for my regular monthly BlogCast… one that typically features anywhere from 3 to 5 songs that, when segued, transform everything into an appealing theme… this program slated to hit the www “airwaves” on Monday, January 1, 2018.

FYI, my past musical presentations are archived within my BlogCast and music categories.

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BlogCast: Tom’s Top 20 Countdown “2” Christmas: Song 11

Even though, technically, it’s still late fall, two days ago, we Michiganders got our very first blast of wintry weather… a major snow event that dumped over seven inches in our neck of the woods. Such a flurry of activity required our daylong attention. After all, the shrewd strategy is to shovel smaller amounts several times rather than waiting till the bitter end… when the grand total could wind up in the knee deep range.

One thing for sure… snow removal requires far more muscle than brain power and, consequently, this shoveler’s mind did have plenty of time to zone out… i.e., free associate the real snow with snowfalls oft celebrated in story and song.

That’s when I decided to BlogCsst today’s track, Leroy Anderson’s 1948 composition, Sleigh Ride (lyrics penned by Mitchell Parish in 1950).

In particular, I’ve opted to feature the Ronettes cover, which appeared on the Phil Spector produced, various artists LP titled… A Christmas Gift For You (release date: November 22, 1963… the day of the horrific, John F. Kennedy assassination). It’s no big surprise that, with such unfortunate timing, it wasn’t until Apple reissued this album nine years later that it achieved it’s greatest popularity.

Sleigh Ride is the consummate feel good song. Despite it’s secular lyrics, it’s almost always associated with the Christmas season. Such sentiments do get further emphasized and enhanced by YouTube videographer Helen Kirkham’s cleverly edited Santa Claus imagery… my thanks to her for the above video.

Since I have other fave Sleigh Ride covers, I now offer you the opportunity to check them out as well…

 

Ella Fitzgerald (my thanks to videographer Athena Mats)

Arthur Fiedler’s Boston Pops (my thanks to videographer Bob Barry)

 

With my BlogCast Top 20 Countdown “2” Christmas now at the halfway point, I thank you for spending your precious time listening to my musical mix featuring spiritual content, social commentary, secular and even some humorous elements. My plan is to get as many of us into the holiday spirit as is possible. Towards that future, I’ll continue presenting my selections… classics all… counting ‘em down one-a-day… from now until we reach #1 on the 25th.

 

So… be sure to stop back here again… if not daily… schedule your return visits as often as your time permits.

I’d also like to invite you to click back for my regular monthly BlogCast… one that typically features anywhere from 3 to 5 songs that, when segued, transform everything into an appealing theme… this program slated to hit the www “airwaves” on Sunday, December 24, 2017.

 

I wish you all Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays!

 

FYI, my past musical presentations are archived within my BlogCast and music categories.

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