Top ten Christmas crooners: Top Christmas crooners as well as a couple of non-traditional newcomers submitted for your consideration.
10.) Burl Ives- Holly Jolly Christmas. Burl Ives (1909-1995) was a famous folk singer. Besides Holly Jolly Christmas, Ives had hits with Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and Silver Bells. Makes the list because he was the Grandfather everybody whishes they had.
9.) Elvis Presley- Blue Christmas. Elvis Erin Presley (1935-1977) recorded the version of this classic we all know and love. Elvis recorded Blue Christmas in 1957. Since then over 65 versions of this classic have been recorded. Elvis is on the list because he is still the king!
8.) Greg Lake- I believe in Father Christmas. Greg Lake (1947- ) is the familiar voice of the 1970’s music group Emerson, Lake and Palmer. He makes the list for writing a controversial Christmas song people still listen to every Christmas season. Yes, a bit of stretch to call Greg a crooner, but the song is so good I had to find a place for it on this list. Check out You Tube for the video.
7.) Gene Autry- Here Comes Santa Clause. Gene Autry (1907-1998) along with Roy Rodgers (1911-1998) were America’s favorite singing cowboys in the 1940’s and 1950’s. Autry’s other Christmas hits included Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman as well as over 50 other Christmas classics. Check out his classics on You Tube.
6.) David Bowie and Bing Crosby- Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy. This song was rehearsed only one hour before the Crosby special aired in 1977. David Bowie (1947- ) did not care for the song Little Drummer Boy. The words to Peace on Earth were quickly penned and what seemed to be an unlikely duet turned into a Christmas classic. You can watch this video on You Tube.
5.) Neil Diamond- The Christmas Album. This Album is a must have for Diamond fans! The songs on this album include Little Drummer Boy, O holy night and the original You Make it Feel Like Christmas. Diamond (1941- ) recorded this album in London in 1992. It’s been a mainstay in my collection since then and hopefully for many years to come.
4.) Andy Williams- The Christmas Album. One of the world’s great crooners Andy Williams (1927- ) recorded his Christmas album in 1963. The songs included The Christmas Song, Silent Night and The First Noel. Williams Makes the list for his Smooth yet powerful voice. You can listen to snips of the songs at Last.FM.com .
3.) Martina McBride-White Christmas. Martina McBride (1966- ) is the only women to make the list. McBride has the voice to compete with any of the top Christmas crooners on the list. Her 1998 album is notable for being re-released with added songs in 1999 and 2007. It has sold in excess of 1.4 million copies.
2.) TIE– Mel Torme and Frank Sinatra. Sinatra (1915-1998) is recognized for his body of over 18 Christmas songs over his career. In 1964 he released The 12 Songs of Christmas. 1975 saw the release of the single Christmas Memories and in 1969 Sinatra participated in a Sinatra Family Christmas. Torme (1925-1999) co-wrote The Christmas Song (chestnuts roasting on an open flame.) Surprisingly Torme known as The Velvet Fog did not release a Christmas album until 1992.
1.) Bing Crosby- White Christmas. The undisputed King of Christmas! No discussion and no debate . It is what it is!
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