Friday, 21 December 2018

Christmas Songs Day 16 - Nat King Cole 'The Christmas Song'

So Day 16 already, and today it is the wonderful 'The Christmas Song' by Nat King Cole.

The opening lines to this particular Christmas classic are probably the most instant happy warm Christmas feeling inducing of all them "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose".

Nat King Cole had such a warm, chocolately smooth, harmonious beautiful creamy voice that he could sing any words and sound amazing, but this one is really setting the scene for what Christmas could be or should be like. Very warming and very easy to sing along to, and well, for those of us not blessed with vocals as quality as his, destroy the song with our notes!

Now, this song was written back in 1945. Apparently in the summer, imagining the cool crisp Christmas - what a result. Nat King Cole actually recorded three versions - one in 1946, one in 1953, before the final version we know and love in 1961.

That's quite some years gone by, but what a song it still is. One that will never die here. And there we have it - Day 16. Getting close now!!

Here are Days 1 - 15:

Day 15 - Jackson 5 'Santa Claus is Coming to Town'
Day 14 - Mud 'Lonely this Christmas'
Day 13 - The Pogues 'Fairytale of New York'
Day 12 - Aled Jones 'Walking in the Air'
Day 11 - Chris Rea 'Driving Home for Christmas'
Day 10 - Slade 'Merry Xmas Everybody'
Day 9 - David Bowie & Bing Crosby 'Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth'
Day 8 - Mariah Carey 'All I Want for Christmas'
Day 7 - Gabrielle Aplin 'The Power of Love'
Day 6 - Kylie 'Santa Baby'
Day 5 - Elton John 'Step into Christmas'
Day 4 - Wham 'Last Christmas'
Day 3 - Band Aid 'Do They Know its Christmas'
Day 2 - Wizzard 'I Wish it Could be Christmas'
Day 1 - Johnny Mathis - Its Beginning to Look at lot like Christmas

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