Dec 182013

White Christmas was written by Irving Berlin and got it’s first airing, recorded by Bing Crosby on Christmas Day 1941, appeared in a film Holiday Inn (1942) and then became so famous it was give a film all of its own in 1954

It was then recorded by pretty much everybody, Damon & Naomi’s version was also recorded for a film, Lovely, Still (2008)this link may jump you to the bit in the film where Damon & Naomi sing while Martin Landau and Ellen Burstyn dance.

The track was first released as CDR sold at a UK instore in 2008 and subsequently given away on their website. The song features Naomi on piano, Damon on nylon-string guitar, Michio Kurihara on electric guitar, Bhob Rainey on soprano sax, and Greg Kelley on trumpet.

MP3: Damon & Naomi – White Christmas

I thought as a seasonal addendum I’d hunt down a few classic versions, but beyond Darlene Love’s perfect version on the Spector Christmas album, almost no one has managed to make a go of it – some songs, I guess are just awful – even a song that’s sold 100 million copies!

Darlene Love

SLF did it

There’s a 1972 cover that is described on Wikipedia as…

Shu-Bi-Dua, Denmark, released a rock version of the song under the title “Rap Jul” (“Quack Christmas”) with Danish lyrics depicting a duck (that turns out to be none other than Donald Duck) not looking forward to Christmas, because all humans tend to eat duck at Christmas Eve.

… which sounds like it’d be awesome but frankly I’m afraid it’s still a bit of a turd.

I’ll stop there with the advice that aside from D&N and Darlene Love’s versions I’d suggest you give White Christmas a wide berth and find yourself another Christmas classic, personally I’d recommend this one

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