A crooner that go by many definitions, but I like to think of them as jazz musicians and singers that are normally backed up by a orchestra or full band. When you think of a crooner, I’m sure Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra come to mind, but did you know Elvis fits this standard as well?
Christmastime is upon us and it’s time to pull out your favorite Christmas albums. No doubt you have at least one filled with our favorite crooners. Here are my Top 10 Christmas Crooners of all time.
In 1942, Bing Crosby introduced his recording of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas on a Radio Broadcast, becoming a #1 hit in just 3 weeks and stayed there for 11 weeks. White Christmas has long been one of my personal favorite Christmas songs, and it would be impossible to have a Crooner Christmas without it.
The fact that he was born with poor eyesight and became totally blind by the age of twelve, made no impact on his ability to play multiple instruments and sing wonderfully as an Italian tenor. In 2009, Andrea Bocelli released his first holiday album, My Christmas. Not only does he perform my favorite version of many Christmas songs but him and 14,000 other people went along to break the Guinness World Record for the biggest ever Christmas Carol sing-along in London.
Originally introduced by Judy Garland in 1944, Frank Sinatra’s version of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas has since become the most widely known and loved version of the song. In 2007, Frank Sinatra’s Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas was ranked the third most recorded Christmas song written by ASCAP members in the last five years.
One of the only contemporary crooners around today, Michael Buble’s family noticed is talent during Christmastime when he was 13, during a car ride as they sung holiday songs together. Michael Buble performs my favorite version of The Christmas Song and I am proud to have him on my list.
During the course of his career, Tony Bennett released more than 70 albums, two of which were Christmas albums. His first, a studio album released in 1968, was Snowfall: The Tony Bennett Christmas Album. With a voice we all know and love, he sings a lot of my favorites including Winter Wonderland, White Christmas and Jingle Bells.
Nat King Cole
Most known today for his hit Unforgettable, Nat King Cole has recorded dozens of Holiday tunes, including The Christmas Song which he has recorded 4 different time, the final being a version featuring his daughter, Natalie Cole. A much beloved Crooner for the Christmas season.
No introduction is needed, young and old we all know who Elvis is. His fourth album was a Christmas album titled Elvis’ Christmas Album, released in 1957. It included the typical holiday songs, but it also had two brand-new ones written just for him. Santa bring my baby back to me and Santa Claus is back in town helped keep this Christmas album at #1 on the charts for 4 weeks.
An American crooner with more than 350 million copies sold worldwide. He recorded 130 albums, nine of which were holiday albums. He has long since been associated with Christmas songs, and my list would be incomplete without him.
Actor and performer Dean Martin makes my list for his rendition of Let it Snow Let it Snow Let it Snow. I had a Christmas album as a kid with this song on it, and I would listen to it over and over again. Who doesn’t love him?
Yeah I did, I put Clay Aiken on my list. I can’t help it, as one of the only crooners today, his voice amazes and inspires. His performance of My Grown Up Christmas List will always be one of my all-time favorites.
www.youtube.com – You can find any of these performances there.