Martina McBride: O Holy Night (Acapella)

Martina McBride singing O Holy Night using her voice as a musical instrument showing you don’t need music when singing with her great voice.

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Flash Mob Sings Hallelujah Chorus

Flash mob erupts in song singing the Hallelujah Chorus in mall food court in St. Catherine’s, Ontario, Canada.

It was another day for busy shoppers in an Ontario mall and as many shoppers ate in a food court a lady starts singing the Hallelujah Chorus while seemingly talking on a telephone and then more and more singers join in until a huge group sings their part of the Hallelujah Chorus.

Christmas and Lord’s Prayer Connection

This clip from the Amos and Andy television shows reminds us of the what the words in The Lord’s Prayer mean. The entire program can be found on YouTube but the most meaningful part starts at the 3:55 mark on the video.

The show was heard on old time radio before the television show debuted.

Alabama: Christmas in Dixie

Alabama was one of the best selling groups among all genres selling more albums than Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and Chicago.

It doesn’t seem like it has been 28 years since Christmas in Dixie was released by Alabama in 1982. This is an audio only version and haven’t found a video of Alabama singing it.

This is one of those picture songs in that the lyrics paint a picture bringing images of Christmases past as we listen to the song. ┬áHaven’t heard this song played so far this Christmas season on any radio stations playing Christmas music.

It is songs like this that made Alabama one of the best country music groups with 32 songs reaching No.1 from 1980 to 1993. They finished their farewell tour in 2004 and have been retired from the road since then.

GACTV.com describes how well Alabama sold albums:


With 65 million albums sold worldwide, they’re one of the 20 best-selling acts of all time. In the U.S. alone, Alabama has sold more albums than Eric Clapton or Bob Dylan. They’ve outsold veteran rock bands like Chicago, Journey, Foreigner, Boston and even The Doors. And Alabama is one of the five biggest-selling country acts and the best-selling country group of all time, with career album sales that surpass those of Willie Nelson and Reba McEntire. The band was named Recording Industry Association of America’s Country Group of the Century.


I can still remember them coming to Rapides Parish Coliseum before they were well known but don’t know if they appeared there after they achieved stardom.

That is problem for the coliseum. Musical stars today like large venues because the larger the arena the more profits for the singers and their employees. It would be interesting to know if any major stars have appeared there in the last few years.

However back in 1977 Elvis Presley actually had back to back shows there on successive nights even though the coliseum had a capacity in the neighborhood of 8,000 seats. About five months later Elvis died in Memphis.

Mel Torme: The Christmas Song

Mel Torme talking about and singing The Christmas Song on the Merv Griffin Show 25 years ago in 1985. Mel tells Merv Griffin that the song was written in 1945 while Wikipedia says it was written in 1944 so one of them has to be wrong.

Michael Buble singing The Christmas Song in this audio only version.

Martina McBride: I’ll Be Home For Christmas

Martina McBride singing I’ll Be Home For Christmas.

I’ll Be Home For Christmas is a song that really meant a lot to me when I was in the Army in Hawaii for the Christmases of 1963, 1964 and 1965 four thousand miles from home in Pineville, Louisiana.

However playing the song in the barracks didn’t go over well since it reminded the other soldiers they would not be home for Christmas and they let me know in no uncertain terms not to play the song again.

There is a warm feeling to have a family together for Christmas and this song expresses that feeling.

The song was written in 1943 and is still popular 67 years later. Bing Crosby was the first to record the song and combined with his White Christmas which was first sung in public by Crosby in 1941 to make him well known for singing Christmas songs.

Since the song was written during wartime in 1943 it really hit home for soldiers stationed overseas.

Johnny Paycheck: A-11

A young Johnny Paycheck singing the Buck Owens hit A-11.

Johnny singing She’s All I Got with a new look from the previous video.

Johnny with yet another look singing his monster hit Take This Job and Shove It a David Allan Cole song.

 

Paycheck’s real name was Donald Eugene Lytle. He got the name from Johnny Paycheck a boxer who fought the legendary Joe Louis.

He died at the age of 64 in 2003 in Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee and was suffering with asthma and emphysema.