Notes from the PD No. 4 – Tell Santa What You Want for Christmas

While it will not begin playing on KoHoSo Radio 66 until Monday, November 30th, it is indeed time for me to start planning to add Christmas music to the station. If you think that feels a little weird to me, just think about all these artists that usually have to record these songs in the full blazing summer heat of July and August.

When it comes to Christmas music, I find it generates even stronger feelings for people than the rest of their music collection. This is not so much for the true meaning of the holiday but because folks believe "their" versions of these songs are the correct ones no matter if they were big hits or not.

I know exactly where this originates. It comes from whatever songs played on the stereo or hi-fi set when we were kids. Pulling out those albums seen only once per year was just another part of the magic of the season. Added to that would be whatever songs played a lot on the radio as anticipation grew for decorating, special cooking, and — of course — giving and receiving presents.

I am certainly not immune to this. In all the time I lived with my parents, aside from what they already owned, I think they only added one various artists Christmas album to their collection and that was only because it was a present. Thus, it is hard to convince me that any version of any holiday song is better than how Elvis Presley, Johnny Mathis, Tennessee Ernie Ford, the Norman Luboff Choir, or the Harry Simeone Choir sang them…plus Louis Armstrong’s version of Winter Wonderland that came on the compilation album I mentioned.

Even with how I have tried to open up my mind to other versions of songs or open up my heart to other albums — most notably the first two Christmas albums by Buck Owens and His Buckaroos — this is especially a type of music where I want to open up the virtual request lines. Even with trips into Wikipedia and having downloaded everything I can find on Usenet in alt.binaries.sounds.mp3.christmas, I continue to find songs appropriate for KoHoSo Radio 66 that I never knew existed. Thus, I highly encourage suggestions.

Requests for songs or artists can be sent to me via the e-mail address that appears at the bottom of every page on this website. They can also be "tweeted" to @KoHoSo on Twitter or sent to the KoHoSo Radio 66 page on Facebook.

Before submitting, please consider all of the following.

1. The song must have been released from 1946 through 1966.

2. The song must generally fit with the station’s overall sound.

3. The song does not have to be a hit.

4. No out-and-out novelty songs.

5. Submissions come with the understanding that you better not pout, you better not cry if the song is not added.

If you have a request, review the list below first. This is everything already scheduled to be in the KoHoSo Radio 66 rotation from November 30th through December 25th. The frequency of Christmas music will be three songs per hour.

One more thing…know in advance if you suggest a song that already has two or three versions already listed, the mountain that song will have to climb in order to get in will be much steeper…but, not impossible. Part of this is due to the difficulty in manipulating Radionomy‘s interface to prevent different versions of the same song from playing too close together. So…for one example, think hard before asking for yet another version of Merry Christmas, Baby especially if you’ve never heard the explosive version by Ike & Tina Turner that I guarantee will put the jingle in your bells. (NOTE: The Dodie Stevens song with the same title is a different song from the Johnny Moore/Charles Brown original)

Songs are listed alphabetically by title.

(There’s No Place Like) Home for the Holidays – Perry Como

A Holly Jolly Christmas – Burl Ives

All I Want for Christmas Dear Is You – Buck Owens and His Buckaroos

Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Darlene Love

Christmas (Comes But Once a Year) – Amos Milburn

Christmas In Jail – The Youngsters with the Earl Hyde Orchestra

Christmas In New Orleans – Louis Armstrong

Christmas Is a Feeling in Your Heart – Andy Williams

Christmas Time’s a Comin’ – Buck Owens and His Buckaroos

Cool Yule – Louis Armstrong (added by request from Fred in Minnesota)

Deck the Halls – Nat King Cole

Do You Hear What I Hear – Bing Crosby

Empty Stocking Blues – Floyd Dixon with Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers

Frosty the Snowman – The Ronettes

Happy Holiday/The Holiday Season – Andy Williams

Here Comes Santa Claus (Down Santa Claus Lane) – Gene Autry (added for multiple listener requests)

Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) – Elvis Presley

I’ll Be Home for Christmas – Elvis Presley

I’ll Be Home for Christmas – Johnny Mathis

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas – Bing Crosby

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Andy Williams

Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms

Jingle Bells – The Mills Brothers

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! – Dean Martin

Linus and Lucy – Vince Guaraldi Trio

Little Saint Nick – The Beach Boys

Lonely Christmas Call – George Jones and the Jones Boys

Merry Christmas Baby – Dodie Stevens

Merry Christmas Baby – Ike and Tina Turner

Merry Christmas, Baby – Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers

Please Come Home for Christmas – James Brown

Pretty Paper – Roy Orbison

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee

Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer – Gene Autry (added for multiple listener requests)

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – The Crystals

Run Rudolph Run – Chuck Berry

Santa Baby – Eartha Kitt with Henri René & His Orchestra

Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me) – Elvis Presley

Santa Claus Is Back In Town – Elvis Presley

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town – The Crystals

Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy – Buck Owens and His Buckaroos

Santa’s Gonna Come in a Stagecoach – Buck Owens and His Buckaroos

Shake Hands with Santa Claus – Louis Prima (added by request from Fred in Minnesota)

Silver Bells – Andy Williams

Sleigh Ride – Johnny Mathis

Sleigh Ride – The Ronettes

Sleigh Ride – The Ventures

The Christmas Blues – Dean Martin

The Christmas Song – Nat King Cole

White Christmas – Elvis Presley

White Christmas – The Drifters featuring Clyde McPhatter and Bill Pinkney

Winter Wonderland – Darlene Love

Winter Wonderland – Louis Armstrong

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