2018 Marks the 200th Year Anniversary of Silent Night
“Silent Night,” arguably one of the most popular and beloved of Christmas carols, was written by a young priest, Father Joseph Mohr. He brought the lyrics to his town’s local schoolmaster and organist Xaver Franz Gruber and asked him to compose a melody and guitar accompaniment for the Christmas Eve Mass at his parish church in Obendorf, Austria. The carol was first performed in 1818.
With over 30 million in sales, Bing Crosby’s “Silent Night” is the third best selling single of all time, after Crosby’s “White Christmas” (50 million) and Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind” (33 million).
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Chapel at Obendorf, Austria
Rather than post the beautiful and familiar Bing Crosby rendition of “Mele Kalikimaka,” we have here a ukelele tutorial brought to you by Mele Fong from the shores of Hawaii!
To add to your Hawaiian Christmas experience, learn how to hula to “Mele Kalikimaka,” with this dance tutorial.
Another fun rendition ~
Scene from the film Holiday Inn (1942) ~ the inn is open and Bing Cosby and Marjorie Reynolds sing “Happy Holidays”
This guy is straight fire! Sinatra, Perry Como, Bing Crosby, Michael Buble, step aside. There’s a new king of love songs.
This kid must be swarming with women of all ages just trying to get all up in his business. Panty dropper material for sure. I looked on iTunes but couldn’t find his rendition available for purchase so I might just put the audio from this YouTube clip on a loop and pipe it through the house.
Well Played, Sir Well Played….
video first aired on Barstool Sports
Thank you everyone for sharing your favorite Christmas songs. Your comments inspired the idea to post a “Holiday Song of the Day.” Please keep your favorites coming!
Pat commented that her favorite is Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas,” written by Irivng Berlin for the film “Holiday Inn.” You may recall the Happy Thanksgiving video that we made at the dock featuring the song “Plenty to be Thankful For,” which was also written for “Holiday Inn.” I adore this film and if you have never seen it, you owe it to yourself and your loved one(s) to make a movie night of it!
Bing Crosby and Marjorie Reynolds singing what was to become the beloved holiday classic, “White Christmas.”
From the colorized version of “Holiday Inn.” See below for clips from the original black and white version.
Plenty to Be Thankful For
Brought to you by Good Morning Gloucester and the crews of lobster boats The Lady J and The Degelyse, and Brian O’Connor. Thanksgiving interviews with, in order of appearance, Joey Ciaramitaro, Ryan, Skipper Dave Jewell, Brain M O’Connor, Michael, Skipper Tuffy, Sean, and Frankie Ciaramitaro.
I’ve Got Plenty to Be Thankful For, sung by Bing Crosby and How Sweet It Is by Marvin Gaye.
Once again, a million and one thank yous to Joey and Frankie for allowing me to film and photograph from the dock at Captain Joe and Sons.