Bing Crosby is something of the unofficial "classic voice of the Christmas season," but his most popular piece in recent years is the unlikely duet from 1977, the same year he passed away. The Washington Post provides the odd story of holiday harmony
, how David Bowie joined Crosby at the piano for their duet, "Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy"
. If you like the classics, here's some Bing over the years: a fan-made abbreviation
of Frank Sinatra's Christmas Show
from 1957, Bing sings "White Christmas"
in 1961, Bing & Kathryn Crosby take you on a trip to "Christmas Island"
from his 1971 Crosby family special
, and from his final Christmas special, Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas
, Bing and Twiggy singing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."
If you'd like a full period piece, here's an all-star 1958 USO Christmas show
(program history and overview
). If that's all a bit too sweet for you, let Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, June Carter-Cash, Jessi Colter, John Carter-Cash, and more regale you in the Christmas On The Road TV Special
posted by filthy light thief
on Dec 15, 2013 -
To start with the beginning: Jack Sheppard
was a notorious English robber who inspired John Gay to write The Beggar's Opera
(1728). Two centuries later, the German composer Kurt Weill and dramatist Bertolt Brecht adapted it into a musical as a socialist critique of capitalism and the modern world: Die Dreigroschenoper
. It was about to open when the lead actor demanded a song to introduce his character. It was this song that would open the play and at its premiere, it was Kurt Gerron who would be the first to sing the Moriat of Macky Messer
as the street singer setting the scene. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse
on Aug 16, 2013 -
Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr., in a concert
from June 20, 1965 at the Kiel Opera House in St. Louis. A young Johnny Carson hosts, filling in for an ill Joey Bishop. SLYT.
posted by Area Man
on Apr 28, 2013 -
The Music of Jacques Brel
is an article by music journalist Amy Hanson about the career of pop music legend Jacques Brel and his effect on popular music in the English language. A lot of songs and covers are mentioned in the article, below the cut are links to the songs that I could find videos of online. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus
on Aug 6, 2010 -
"Have I taken things from it for my films? I wish! They don't make 'em like that any more. I would love to, but I don't think people would buy that kind of 50s melodrama. There are sequences that are intimate, one-room scenes, but then there are beautiful crescendos, like the one at the end - he can deliver that too. Minnelli's sensibilities were perfect for it - the sensitivity and the bravado. It hits all the notes."
Richard Linklater talks about
Vincente Minnelli's great widescreen Technicolor melodrama Some Came Running
in The Observer
's "The film that changed my life" column. An often overlooked film, especially in the Frank Sinatra/Dean Martin "canon."
posted by saltykmurks
on Apr 12, 2010 -
Ahmet Ertegun was profiled by George W. S. Trow
in The New Yorker in a classic piece back in 1978. Ertegun was the son of the Turkish ambassador to the US and he remained behind in D.C. studying medieval philosophy at Georgetown. Instead of devoting himself to his studies he founded Atlantic Records with his friend Herb Abramson. Trow charted how Ertegun moved from tramping through muddy, Louisiana fields in search of hot new sounds to the whirl of Studio 54. Below the cut are links to the songs mentioned in the article, as best as I could find, in the order in which they appear. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus
on Aug 17, 2009 -
"The most brutal, ugly, degenerate, vicious form of expression it has been my displeasure to hear," Frank Sinatra
wrote of rock 'n' roll during the time of Elvis Presley. But Frank wasn't stupid... he knew his relevance was fading and if you can't beat 'em, you have to join 'em. So in 1960
, Elvis Presley was welcomed home from his two year military tour
by the Frank Sinatra Timex Show "Welcome Home Elvis"
special. Later Sinatra said, "I'm just a singer. Elvis was the embodiment of the whole American culture."
posted by miss lynnster
on Feb 26, 2008 -
When Bad Singers Happen To Good Songs: The Songicides!
In today's Spectator
Markus Berkmann amusingly raises the deadly spectre of the worst covers
ever recorded. We're talking assassins here. I nominate Phil Collins's massacre of Holland/Dozier/Holland's "You Can't Hurry Love", as originally sung by Diana Ross and the Supremes; U2's goring of Cole Porter's "Night and Day", best sung by Sinatra or Ella and, worst of all, though he's my favourite artist, Leonard Cohen's mangling of Irving Berlin's classic "Always". What's the worst cover version
you'd like to report to Musical Homicide?
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Sep 4, 2003 -
Be careful how you sing "My Way"
After being ridiculed for an off-key version of My Way, the irate singer kills one heckler and wounds another. Philippine karaoke bars have begun to remove the song from their playlists as this was the climax of several violent incidents when this song was played.
posted by Lanternjmk
on Feb 19, 2002 -
Now, I've never been a BIG fan of either Frank Sinatra
or Robbie Williams
. Sure, I've a lot of respect for the former, and the latter's a great singer and entertainer from the UK. But last nite, I was converted. Anyone see A Night With Robbie Williams on TV in the UK last night? (more inside)
posted by wibbler
on Nov 18, 2001 -