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4 Days til Christmas Song ~ Louis Prima Recording of “What Will Santa Claus Say”

Louis Prima, “The King of Swing,” was a New Orleans born son of Sicilian immigrants. Primo’s career spanned five decades and he was a trumpeter, singer, songwriter, and actor. Prima was also the voice of the orangutan in Disney’s the Jungle Book, performing the song “I Wanna be Like You.”

I am curious to know if any GMG readers ever saw Louis Prima play during his long career.

Louis prima trumpet

I wish I could fly

I wish I could fly.  That’s the title of a gorgeous Christmas song by Fly Amero & Allen Estes (Fly gets top billing — it’s not called I wish I could Allen).

Fly Amero (L) with Allen Estes (R)

You can hear this song on Aurelia Nelson’s show Curtain Up on North Shore 104.9 FM Tomorrow (Sunday, Dec 23) at 9am.  You’ll also hear a beauty by Aaron Neville.  If you were lucky, you saw Aaron Neville at North Shore Music Theatre in August with Henri Smith opening.

And tonight you’ve got excellent live music choices in all four Cape Ann towns.  See the live music lineup here.

Love Christmas music or not, lots of great live music choices in Gloucester tonight

Those of you who like Christmas music are in luck tonight.  Fly Amero is signing Christmas songs with his brother J.B. and Allen Estes at the Rhumbline tonight starting at 8pm.

Then catch the Local Music Seen with Allen Estes 2011 Christmas Special at 11pm on Cape Ann TV Channel 12 (originally aired last year) featuring Dan King, Daisy Nell & Capt. Stan, Ann Marie, Bradley Royds, Inge Berge, Chelsea Berry, Dave Sag, Courtney Reid and Allen’s son Dylan Estes.  Here’s a video of many of the performers singing Santa Claus is Coming to Town. (see more air times here)

Of course, there’s lots of other excellent music in town (not necessarily Christmas — see full schedule here), including Dennis Monagle with Marina Evans, Joe Cardoza and Dave Brown at Minglewood Tavern starting at 9pm.

What is Your Favorite Christmas Song?

Are you the type of person who actually LOVES Christmas songs? I am, and find it really keeps my spirits lifted during the holiday season. I enjoy playing it throughout our home and when in the car (to the dismay of my husband) and adore Christmas music of all genres; traditional carols and standards, spirituals, and most especially, pop and rock and roll Christmas songs.  My list is quickly growing too long as I write this–The Pretender’s “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” U2’s “Baby Please Come Home,” Brenda Lee’s “I’m Gonna Lasso Santa Claus,” Eartha Kit’s “Santa Baby,” and a new favorite, Michael Buble’s version of “All I Want for Christmas is You,” to name only a very few. If you have a favorite Christmas song, or two, or three, or more, I would love to know yours.

Here’s of one of my all time favorites to keep your spirits up and to get you through the holiday madness, “Christmas All Over Again,” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. I think you’ll enjoy the funny and sweet lyrics.

Well, it’s Christmas time again

Decorations are all hung by the fire

Everybody’s singin’, all the bells are ringing out

And it’s Christmas all over again, yeah, again

Long distance relatives

Haven’t seen ‘em in a long, long time

Yeah, I kind of missed ‘em, I just don’t wanna kiss ‘em, no

It’s Christmas all over again, yeah, again

And all over town, little kids gonna get down

And Christmas is a rockin’ time, put your body next to mine

Underneath the mistletoe we go, we go

Everybody’s singin’, all the bells are ringin’ out

It’s Christmas all over again, yeah, again

And right down our block, little kids start to rock

And Christmas is a rockin’ time, put your body next to mine

Underneath the mistletoe we go, we go

Merry Christmas time come and find you happy

And there by your fire, I hope you have a good one

I hope momma gets her shoppin’ done

And it’s a Christmas all over again

Baby, it’s Christmas all over again

And it’s Christmas all over again

Now let’s see, I want a new Rickenbacker guitar

Two Fender bassmans

Chuck Berry songbooks, xylophone