Wednesday, December 22, 2010

"Little Saint Nick" by The Beach Boys.

OK, a little Christmas cheer (easy!): This B. Wilson/M. Love "modern" Christmas classic was released in December 1963 - a bit of cheer for a nation mourning President Kennedy's recent assassination. #3 on Billboard's Christmas chart and #69 on Cashbox. Very similar in structure and rhythm to "Little Deuce Coupe", released earlier that year - also uses car analogies, "candy apple red", "...with a 4-speed stick". Covered by John Denver and The Muppets in '79 and by Hanson in '97. Used during a recent Coke commercial with polar bears and penguins. Group? Song?

Yesterday's answer: "Yes It Is" by The Beatles. John's vocals are probably some of his best ever. George taught my generation how to play the guitar - with this song he showed us how to use 6th chords.

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