Posts Tagged ‘United States’

Jerry Lee Lewis, “I Can’t Have a Merry Christmas (Mary, Without You)

December 23, 2013
Publicity photo of Jerry Lee Lewis.

Publicity photo of Jerry Lee Lewis. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A dear friend in New York City was listening to this year’s playlist and emailed me to confirm that this is Jerry Lee Lewis. It is, indeed, the Killer in a more honky tonk mode than we tend to associate him with. How many Christmas songs are there about that special person who is missing at the end of December. I Can’t Have a Merry Christmas, Mary (Without You) deserves to be played more often. It may not be “Christmas, Baby, Please Come Home,” but it captures the melancholy side of the holiday.

“I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” Fats Domino

December 15, 2013
Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino

Goin’ Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fats Domino adds his distinctive New Orleans piano to “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” Less self-pity here than in many versions of the song. I doubt that he was actually wistful for any Big Easy snow, mirliton, now that’s another thing. After all, we’re all trying to get home for the Christmas of our dreams.

The Pretenders — Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

December 16, 2011
English: Chrissie Hynde in concert. Taken Augu...

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Everything is a little better with Chrissie Hynde.  Meet me in St. Louis, Akron . . .

The PretendersHave Yourself a Merry Little Christmas