It’s been nine decades since Guy Lombardo landed the first Christmas pop hit in 1934 with ‘Winter Wonderland’. And what wonderful music we’ve heard ever since – literally hundreds and hundreds of hit records; far more than I can play. But I’ve set out a bold proposition to trace ‘The Evolution of the Christmas Hit‘ hoping to note the high-points and pivotal turns where and when certain superstars made their impact. I’ll feature Bing, Gene and Nat; Elvis, Brenda, Bruce, Mariah and a new Christmas song by Cher. Interesting how we’re on a first-name basis with so many music icons.
We’ll cross the decades and the music genres from easy listening ballads and carols, to novelties, early rock’n’roll, folk, protest, fund-raisers, a Celtic punk icon and some divas as well. As you do your Christmas Eve/afternoon ‘things’, keep your radio on Zoomer for ‘The Evolution of the Christmas Hit’ – followed by ‘A Very Canadian Vintage Christmas‘ featuring eleven of this country’s legends, superstars and some Zoomer friends as well. That’s the line-up for the Christmas Edition of ‘Vintage Favourites’ from 2:00 to 4:30 this Sunday (24th).
Please note immediately after the show at 4:30, Zoomer Radio kicks off our annual gift of continuous Christmas music through the evening, overnight and all of Christmas Day. Let me take this moment to thank all my Zoomer team-mates who help me put ‘Vintage Favourites’ on-air: our Music Director Kelly Robotham, music scheduler Justin Ecock, and Production Manager Joel Schonewille; the weekly web-site updates by Jordan Chakravarty; the on-air promo updates by Ian Robertson; the control room production of Ashi, Owen, Carlos, and the many show hosts who help promote the show. And our Program Director/Assistant GM Paul Thomas, and of course, our Zoomer Media founder, Moses Znaimer. Thanks to all of them – and especially, my personal thanks to you, for listening whenever you can. YOU make the show possible. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.