Did you know that Peggy Lee had a Christmas album? I mean, I suppose most crooners (and she is one, which is why she is featuring on our first Crooners’ Sunday of 2017) have a Christmas album, but what sets Peggy’s aside is that she wrote about half the songs on it, including this one. It is a little more middle-of-the-road than our first two entries, but no less charming for that. If you want to know (or remember) what Christmas sounded like in 1960, here’s your answer.
If you like this, there’s a whole lot more where that came from.
Introducing “Crooner Sunday”: after Bing kicked us off last week, here’s a gorgeously lush and louche version by Peggy Lee. I had no idea whether Peggy Lee had recorded a version when I started putting this list together, incidentally, but when a song has been recorded as many times as White Christmas has, you end up finding that most people have done it at some point. Even Bob Dylan, though sadly no recording survives (I have been researching this quite closely; I hope you’re appreciative). So the way to make the list is to make a list of artists you’d like to hear singing White Christmas, and then google it. The list is still fluid, so I am open to requests should you have a particular favourite. Although that Guns’n’Roses version is totally not by Guns’n’Roses, so we’re not having it.