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Doo Wop Christmas Songs

What's the Christmas season without a little doo wop of a popular standard?  This song by Irving Berlin as sung by Bing Crosby is the best-selling single of all time -- somewhere in the vicinity of 50 million copies. If all the versions of the song are put together, the figure rises to 100 million. National Public Radio (NPR) ranks it as the #2 song on their "NPR 100 List" of songs of the 20th century. That is, right after Judy Garland's "Over the Rainbow."

The number of covers goes on and on, which takes us to The Drifters featuring Clyde McPhatter on lead and Bill Pinkney on the bass part. In December 1954, their version went to #2 on the R&B Chart, and in 1955, it went to #80 on the Billboard Top 100 Chart. The 1990 film Home Alone featured their version when the character played by Macaulay Culkin puts on his father's aftershave. The films Mixed Nuts and The Santa Clause also featured The Drifters' version. Besides McPhatter and Pinkey, for this recording there were Jimmy Oliver, Gerhart Thrasher, and Andrew Thrasher. Membership in The Drifters (and its various splinter groups and soloists) has changed over the years, to say the least, and they continue to tour and perform today.

 

Here are the lyrics to "White Christmas" by The Drifters:

"Ooh
Doop doop, doop doo doop
Ooh
Doop doop, doop doo doop

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas,
Just like the ones I used to know,
Where those treetops glisten, and children listen,
To hear sleigh bells in the snow, the snow.

Then, I-I-I am dreaming of a white Christmas,
With every Christmas card I write,
May your days, may your days, may your days be merry and bright,
And may all your Christmases be white.

I-I-I am dreaming of a white Christmas,
Just like the ones I used to know,
Where the treetops glisten, and the  children listen,
To hear sleigh bells in the snow.

I-I-I am dreaming of a white Christmas,
With every Christmas card I write,
May your days, may your days, may your days be merry and bright,
And may all your Christmases be white.

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle bells all the way.
Ooooh."

 

If you are interested in purchasing The Drifters'  Christmas Album from amazon: Christmas Album

For more songs by The Drifters: "Save the Last Dance for Me," "Under the Boardwalk," "Up on the Roof," "This Magic Moment," and "There Goes My Baby."

For More Golden Oldies Music

The Daily Doo Wop Rec Room has daily featured doo wop, rock and roll, R&B, or rockabilly songs that were hits during the first era of rock and roll (that is, from about 1952 until the British invasion in 1964). After a song is featured, it then goes into the juke box. You are welcome to listen to any of the 40+ selections there. Every weekend, there is a Golden Oldies Juke Box Saturday Night, and the juke box is full of song requests from the 1950s and 1960s.

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The Rec Room has a featured song on the record player, 150+ songs in the juke box, and there are several Classic TV selections, as follows:

  1.  Make Room for Daddy, Season 2, Episode 1 titled “Family Troubles’ first aired September 28, 1954. As always, Danny Williams a successful nightclub singer, tries to balance his home and work wife. The show stars Danny Thomas, Jean Hagen, Sherry Jackson, Rusty Hamer, Louise Beavers, and Jesse White.The show was sponsored by Pall Mall cigarettes and Dodge. Commercials included. Running time: 29:30.
  2.  Clip from The Jack Paar Show from September 31, 1960. The show stars Jack Paar as host, of course. The guests are Charley Weaver, Hermione Gingold, and Shelley Berman. Running time 19:46.
  3. Mickey Mouse appears in Walt Disney’s animated short “Haunted House.” This was made in 1929. Cartoons and short films from earlier decades were often shown on TV in the 1950s, particularly in programming for children. Running time: 6:47.
  4.  Vintage (circa 1952) commercial for Wonder Breads. “Help Build Strong Bodies 8 Ways.” Running time: 1:00.

The Daily Doo Wop is a time machine to the first era of rock and roll. This starts around 1952 with the Eisenhower administration and goes until those longhaired Brits The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in February, 1964, and the music began to change. During this time of the 1950s and early 1960s, doo wop music, with its beautiful vocal harmonies, lyrics about love, and a host of nonsense syllables thrown in, was a signature sound. It was an exciting period in popular music as so many strands of music were woven together. There was doo wop, rhythm and blues, barbershop music, pop, country, rock and roll, rockabilly, and plenty in-between. Radio stations were not hung up about musical genres. They played all kinds of music. The mantra was, “If it’s a hit, it plays.” The Daily Doo Wop goes beyond playing doo wop music, because that reflects the era.

The Daily Doo Wop blog has more than 250 posts with information about the great golden oldies music from this time, classic TV shows from what was called “the golden age of television,” pop culture (from TV tray tables to lava lamps), history (remember the race to space?), recipes (gotta love those casseroles and cakes), and more.

The Daily Doo Wop Rec Room has daily featured doo wop, rock and roll, R&B, or rockabilly songs that were hits during the first era of rock and roll. After a song is featured, it then goes into the juke box. You are welcome to listen to any of the 100+ selections there. The Rec Room also has a TV set. There are several selections, which are updated twice a week. You’ll find vintage TV series, game shows, cartoons and shorts, children’s programming, and commercials. They’re not called classic TV shows for nothing!

Every weekend, there is a Golden Oldies Juke Box Saturday, and the juke box is full of song requests of 1950s music and sixties music. Requests come mostly from those who see us on Facebook. There’s lots of fun on The Daily Doo Wop Facebook page every day.

There is also a Daily Doo Wop Youtube channel, to which you can subscribe. The Daily Doo Wop music channel has music videos from favorite doo wop groups, rock and roll hits, and more golden oldies music.

Music is one of the best ways to remember the past. It’s not always the lyrics to the song or the antics on a sitcom that are important. It’s that it makes you smile and you remember who you were with. It might be a grandmother who is no longer here or a brother, sister, friend. Maybe you heard a song at a dance or were in a car when you had your first kiss.