by LauraLoo and Hans Johnson

First, LauraLoo’s favorite, back by special request… now four years in a row:

My Favourite Time of Year is a traditional style Christmas song which was written by Leigh Haggerwood. After three years of trying to persuade the record companies to back the project, he decided to do it himself. He gathered together 36 musicians which he collectively called The Florin Street Band and recorded the song at Trevor Horn’s studios in London.

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And a favorite from Hans:

Christmastime brings TV specials hosted by popular singers – usually to promote a Christmas album. But in its heyday in the ’60s and ’70s many performers, such as Andy Williams and Perry Como had a new special every year. One of my favorites that I saw “live on tape” was Bing Crosby’s in 1977. It featured a counterpoint duet with David Bowie: a memorable blend of baritone and tenor, and of two very different performers.

Sadly, Crosby passed away only a month before its airing. But it reminds us of the gathering of generations during the Holidays when, as another song says, “through the years we all will be together” whether in body or spirit.

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Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday Jesus!

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