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Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the World’s 1st Rock’n’Roll Christmas Record!

They’ve been tracking Christmas records on the pop charts since 1934 when Guy Lombardo first put ‘Winter Wonderland’ into the top ten – and I did a special feature on the evolution of ‘the Christmas Hit’ a few years ago. But this month marks the 60th anniversary of the first rock’n’roll Christmas record. Appropriately enough, it was ‘The King’ – ‘Elvis’ Christmas Album’ that was released in December 1957. That opened the flood gates to a whole new kind of Christmas song – with a rock’n’roll beat. I’ll spotlight the best of these from the 50s, 60s and 70s in the first hour of ‘Vintage Favourites’ this Sunday 2-3pm.

Then, I hope you’ll permit a little indulgence – when I play you my three personal favourite rock’n’roll Christmas songs right after 3 o’clock. I’ll give you a hint: they’ll touch on the season’s universal themes of peace, love, and joy – one to each song.

After that a special edition of ‘Vintage Canadiana – Christmas style’, with a dozen of our best Zoomer Radio friends – including Bobby Curtola, Ronnie Hawkins, John McDermott, Matt Dusk, Jann Arden and Amy Sky, and others. The McDermott song will take us back to the trenches of World War One – with goosebumps.

So – ‘have yourself a merry little Christmas’ !

– Gene