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Christmas Song Collection: Artists A-D
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Aaron Neville


  Born January 24, 1941

Bio: Neville began performing in the Hawkettes, a group that also featured his brother Art Neville. Aaron was signed to Minit Records as a solo artist, but despite a minor hit with ‘Over You’ (1960), he remained largely unknown until the release of ‘Tell It Like It Is’ (1966). This simple, haunting ballad showcased the singer’s delicate delivery while the song’s slogan-like title echoed the sentiments of the rising...

Air Supply


Born
Russell Hitchcock June 15, 1949
Graham Russell June 1, 1950

Bio: The duo first came together in Sydney, Australia, during 1975 while performing in a production of the Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Jesus Christ Superstar. They formed Air Supply with Chrissie Hammond (vocals), who was soon replaced by bass player Jeremy Paul. After signing a recording contract with CBS Records, the band recorded their debut album with a line-up comprising...

Amy Grant


Born November 25, 1960

Bio: A huge influence on the development of modern gospel music, Grant’s perennially youthful but always convincing vocal has imbued her many recordings with a purity of spirit and performance that can be awe-inspiring. Songs such as ‘Angels’, ‘Raining On The Inside’ and ‘Find A Way’, scattered through a consistently high-quality recording career, have endeared her to her massive contemporary and gospel...

Andy Williams


Born December 3, 1928

Bio: Williams began his singing career in the local church choir with his three brothers. The quartet became popular on their own radio shows from Cincinnati, Des Moines and Chicago. They backed Bing Crosby on his Oscar-winning ‘Swinging On A Star’, from the 1944 movie Going My Way, and in the same year appeared in the minor musical film Kansas City Kitty. He also Williams dubbed Lauren Bacall’s singing voice in her first film with...

Bing Crosby


  Born May 30, 1903
d. October 14, 1977

Bio:  One of the most popular vocalists of all time, Crosby picked up his nickname through a childhood love of a strip-cartoon character in a local newspaper. After first singing with a  jazz band at high school, he sang at university with a friend, Al Rinker. The duo decided to take a chance on showbusiness success, quit school and called on Rinker’s sister, Mildred Bailey, in the hope that she could help them find...

Bobby Helms


Born August 15, 1933
d. June 19, 1997

Bio: Helms was something of a child prodigy, who was playing guitar and singing a mixture of pop and country on local radio at the age of 12, and from 1946-54, he regularly appeared on WWTV Bloomington. He made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry in 1950, having impressed WSM officials so much that they had him flown to Nashville to appear. He signed with Decca Records and in 1957, his recording of Lawton Williams’...

Brenda Lee


Born December 11, 1944

Bio: Even in early adolescence, Lee had an adult husk of a voice that could slip from anguished intimacy through sleepy insinuation to raucous lust, even during ‘Let’s Jump The Broomstick’, ‘Speak To Me Pretty’ and other jaunty classics that kept her in the hit parade from the mid-50s to 1965. Through local radio and, by 1956, wider exposure on Red Foley’s Ozark Jubilee broadcasts, ‘Little Brenda Lee’...

Bruce Springsteen


Born September 23, 1949

Bio: As the world’s greatest living rock ‘n’ roll star, Bruce Springsteen has unconsciously proved former Rolling Stone critic Jon Landau totally correct. Landau appeared smug and brave when he made the arrogant statement in 1974, ‘I saw rock ‘n’ roll future, and its name is Bruce Springsteen’.

Prior to that, Springsteen had paid his dues, playing in local bands around New Jersey, notably with the...

Burl Ives


Born June 14, 1909
d. April 14, 1995

Bio: One of the world’s most celebrated singers of folk ballads, with a gentle, intimate style, Ives was also an actor on the stage and screen, and an anthologist and editor of folk music. The son of tenant farmers in the ‘Bible Belt’ of Illinois, he was singing in public for money with his brothers and sisters when he was four years old. Many of the songs they sang originated in the British Isles, and were taught...

The Carpenters


Born
Karen Carpenter b. March 2, 1950 d. February 4, 1983
Richared Carpenter b. October 15, 1946

Bio: During 1963, Richard appeared at various New Haven clubs and bars in an instrumental trio. After his family relocated to Los Angeles, he studied piano and backed his sister, who was signed to the small local label Magic Lamp in 1965. With assistance from Wes Jacobs (bass, tuba) and session bass player Joe Osborn, Karen recorded one single, ‘I’ll Be...

Darlene Love


Born July 26, 1938

Bio: A prolific vocalist, Love began her career in 1957 as a founder member of the Blossoms. This influential girl-group not only enjoyed an extensive recording career in its own right, but also appeared on scores  of sessions and as the resident singers on US television’s Shindig! Love also enjoyed a fruitful association with producer Phil Spector, and sang lead vocals on the Crystals’ ‘He’s A Rebel’ and...

Dean Martin


  Born June 7, 1917
d. December 25, 1995

Bio:  An extremely popular ballad singer and light comedian with a relaxed and easy style, who developed into an accomplished dramatic actor. After leaving school in the tenth grade, he worked as a shoe-shine boy and a gas station attendant before becoming an ‘amateur’ welterweight boxer, ‘Kid Crochet’, earning 10 dollars a fight. When he retired from the boxing arena, he became a croupier at a local...

Debbie Gibson


  Born August 31, 1970

Bio: This pop singer generated massive sales in the late 80s, particularly in her homeland. Following training in piano and early songwriting ventures, Gibson was signed to the management of Doug Breithart by the time she was 13 years old. The following three years saw her apprenticeship in recording studios as she produced and wrote over 100 original compositions, mostly in her own multi-track home studio. Before leaving school, she had signed to...

The Drifters


Born
Clyde McPhatter b. November 15, 1932 d. June 13, 1972
Gerhart Thrasher
Andrew Thrasher
Bill Pinkney b. August 15, 1925 d. July 4, 2007

Bio: Formed in 1953 in New York, USA, at the behest of Atlantic Records, this influential R&B vocal group was initially envisaged as a vehicle for ex-Dominoes singer Clyde McPhatter (b. Clyde Lensley McPhatter, 15 November 1932, Durham, North Carolina, USA, d. 13 June 1972, New York City, New York, USA)....


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