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Memorable Performances From American Bandstand

“American Bandstand” first hit television screens in 1952, simply referred to as “Bandstand.” Dick Clark would take over hosting duties in 1956 and on August 5, 1957, ABC would broadcast the show nationally for the […]

04/19/2012

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Last.fm Christmas Classics: White Christmas

While Bing and Bowie are perhaps the most famous faces of Christmas – Santa aside – it’s Crosby’s “White Christmas” that best sets the tone for the most wonderful time of year. Last.fm Trends takes […]

12/25/2011

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Rock Flashback: The Moody Blues’ “December”

Earlier this month, we mentioned The [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jethro Tull[/lastfm] Christmas Album and how well the band’s folk-inflected style lends itself to holiday music. Find out about another holiday album that’s a perfect match for the band […]

12/24/2011

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Last.fm Trends Christmas Classics: Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

Somewhere in Lapland the reindeer are gearing up for another long night. Naughty or nice, tonight’s the night the big guy in red does the rounds and doles out presents far and wide. “Santa Claus […]

12/24/2011

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One Hit Wonders: Barry Gordon And “Nuttin’ For Christmas”

Barry Gordon was just three years old when he made his acting debut on “Ted Mack’s Amateur Hour.” He was a worldly seven years old when he scored his lone Top 40 hit, “Nuttin’ for Christmas.”

12/22/2011

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Ten Socially Conscious Christmas Tunes

As the music of the ’60s began to take on more social relevance, the same began to occur with original Christmas songs.  [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Stevie Wonder[/lastfm] made a plea that “Someday at Christmas men won’t be boys, […]

12/22/2011

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Five Christmas Songs To Clear The Room

There comes that time in any holiday gathering when people need to go home. If you’re reluctant to say, “Hey, all the wine is gone. Go home,” just play one of these Christmas chestnuts and […]

12/21/2011

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Last.fm Trends Christmas Classics: “Feliz Navidad”

No Christmas would be complete without the Puerto Rican influence of José Feliciano and his classic track “Feliz Navidad.” The Spanish song was a hit in 1970 but is still a feature on Christmas playlists […]

12/20/2011

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Rock Flashback: Elvis Presley’s Christmas Album

In those first white-hot years after “Heartbreak Hotel,” guardians of American virtue passionately hated Elvis Presley for corrupting the youth of America and threatening All We Hold Dear. In 1957, Elvis committed the greatest blasphemy […]

12/20/2011

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Rock Flashback: The Beach Boys’ “Little St. Nick”

Christmas 1963 was a somber season in America. The recent assassination of President Kennedy cast a pall that lasted for months. Nevertheless, some of the most enduring pop Christmas music was first heard that year. […]

12/16/2011

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