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.