Some of my favorite Christmas songs!

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Some of these won’t actually play here so just click the link to watch on the actually YouTube page. Stupid Copyright nonsense!

1. Tom Wait’s “Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis

Tom Waits does Christmas need I say more? Nope!

2. Paul McCartney’s Wonderful Christmas Time

For years I never knew the name or who sung this song then did a You Tube search on it and I was shocked to learn it was from the legendary Paul McCartney.

3. David Bowie and Bing Crosby’s The Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth

This one is just and epic duet by two legendary singers from different eras of music history!

4. Frank Sinatra’s Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Being a Sinatra fan I had a tough time choosing which one to put by him and then I found this version of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” that featured a choir and I knew this was the one to put here.

5. Four Christmas Songs From South Park

Matt and Trey have done a whole bunch of Christmas songs throughout South Park’s fourteen season run and I’d be foolish not to include some on this list.

6. Bing Crosby’s Mele Kalikimaka (Merry Christmas)

Another one from Bing Crosby this one featuring a classic scene from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

7. Bob River’s 12 Pains of Christmas

This is a very funny parody of the 12 Days of Christmas

8. John Denver and Rowlf The Dog’s Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

I know I posted the same song with Sinatra but given how amazing the TV special John Denver and The Muppets Christmas is I figured I could get away with a repeat song. It’s another great duet and features some amazing piano playing by a Muppet no less!

9. Royal Guardsmen’s Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron

This one comes from The Royal Guardsmen featuring Snoopy of  Charlie Brown fame. Also it ties into history with this very interesting article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_truce

10. The Pogues Featuring Kristy McColl: Fairytale of New York

Amazing Christmas song from The Pogues and Kristy McColl. Keep an eye out at the start of the beginning of the video for a pretty well known actor.

 

So there you have it ten of my favorite Christmas songs. Merry Christmas from Death By Blunderbuss and I leave you with this….

 

 

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Making a List: Scat Singing In Music

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1. Heebie Jeebies By Louis Armstrong

While this comical little track by Louis Armstrong is not the first known use of scat singing in music history it’s defiantly the one that brought scat singing national own attention and who better then Louis Armstrong to delivery it.

2. Blue Skies by Al Jolson

Al Jolson was certainly known to use scat singing in his acts. The most historical use of scatting by Jolson hands down has to be “Blue Skies” in the first motion picture to feature sound “The Jazz Singer”

3. The Creole Love Call by Duke Ellington with vocals by  Adelaide Hall

This one from “The Duke” features amazing vocal scatting by Adelaide Hall who  Nat Hentoff described as “She sounds like a particularly sensitive growl trumpeter”

4. King of The Bungaloos by Gene Greene

This is the earliest known recording of scat singing by Gene Greene recorded in 1911.

5. It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing) by Ella Fitzgerald featuring Duke Ellington

Here’s some amazing scat singing by the queen of Jazz herself Ella Fitzgerald, featuring one of many of Duke Ellington’s bands.

6. Pasties and a G String by Tom Waits

For such a legendary vocalist such as Tom Waits it doesn’t surprise me that he has used scat singing in his songs.

7. Scatman (Ski Ba Bop Ba Dop Bop) by Scatman John

In my research to find song for this list I came across this one by Scatman John and I knew that I would look very foolish if I did not include it.

8. I Wanna Be Like You by Louis Prima

This is another one I came across in my research, it comes from the 1967 Disney film The Jungle Book.

9. Freak on a Leash by Korn

Freak on The Leash by Korn defiantly shows where Scatting has gotten to from it’s start back in the Jazz age of the early 1900’s

10. Moon Child by Mike Patton

Well I saved the best and most out there scatting wise for last. Moonchild comes from Mike Patton, who’s notable bands included Dillinger Escape Plan, Mr. Bungle, and Fantomas. The video I’ve included would most defiantly have left Louis Armstrong scratching his head.