The Great Big 80s Christmas Jukebox

Seems like just about everbody in the 80s put out a holiday single or even a full album- that’s a ton of 80s Christmas cheer and we’ve got so much of it here on yello80s we just had to share with you! Check out the Yello80s Christmas jukebox and jingle bell like it’s 1985. We’ve got Sting, Sheena Easton, Run-DMC, Tom Tom Club, Cocteau Twins, NKOTB, The Jets, Dan Fogelberg, Grace Jones, Dead or Alive, Stevie Nicks and SO MANY MORE! And while you’re at it, follow us on Youtube @Yello80s for all the 80s you can handle!

Advent Countdown Day 11: Christmas composer Johnny Marks

Johnny Marks, composer of the song Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer which was recorded by Gene Autry in 1949.  Marks was the brother in law of Robert L May, author of the original Rudolph storybook which would later be made into the Animagic special by Rankin/Bass in 1964.  Marks also composed have a Holly Jolly Christmas recorded by Burl Ives as Sam the Snowman in that same special.  There have been over 500 versions of Rudolph’s song recorded since the 1960s. *Get the most exhaustive book on the history and production of Rudolph on RankinBass.com:  Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer the Making of the Rankin/Bass Holiday Classic by Rick Goldschmidt. Chock full of photographs, production notes and the original 1963 screenplay! Rudolph Soundtrack selections courtesy Wm. Thomas Sherman

The Music of Rudolph

I haven’t seen any mentions yet of re-releasing a cleaned-up soundtrack from the 1964 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer unless it’s going to be included in a DVD/ Blu-Ray release (as of this writing the full extras on the Blu-Ray release aren’t  released), however a 1995 cd version was released featuring the beloved character songs and instrumentals by the Decca Concert Orchestra. I have it and it’s definitely worth a listen to the instrumentals. I didn’t liked Holly Jolly Christmas as a kid but the older I get the more I bop away to it in my kitchen during the holidays and its definitely left its mark on popular Christmas music. Two offbeat numbers you rarely hear mention are Silver and Gold and There’s Always Tomorrow sung by Sam the Snowman and Clarice, respectively. So we’re going to take a quick look at those today. Silver and Gold by Burl Ives courtesy I’m A Funny Eyed Guy Lyrics Silver and Gold Silver and Gold Everyone wishes for Silver and Gold How do you measure its worth? Just by the pleasure it gives here on Earth Silver and Gold Silver and Gold means so much more when I see Silver and Gold decorations on every Christmas tree (Background) Silver and Gold Silver and Gold Everyone wishes for Silver and Gold Silver and Gold Silver and Gold means so much more when I see Silver and Gold decorations on every Christmas tree There’s Always Tomorrow courtesy Should I trade in my fin? Lyrics There’s always tomorrow, For dreams to come true, Believe in your dreams Come what may. There’s always tomorrow, With so much to do, And so little time in a day. We all pretend The rainbow has an end And you’ll be there my friend someday. There’s always tomorrow, For dreams to come true, Tomorrow is not far away. We all pretend, The rainbow has an end, And you’ll be there my friend someday. There’s always tomorrow, For dreams to come true, Tomorrow is not far away. Both songs are written by Johnny Marks, a Jewish songwriter known for his many Christmas songs such as the Rudolph score songs, Run Rudolph Run, Everyone’s a Child at Christmas, and Rockin around the Christmas Tree plus the original Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer sung by Gene Autry. Sources: MetroLyrics Wikipedia