How Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer went from a retailer’s marketing campaign to the lead character in one of the most iconic Christmas songs of all time.
Katie Melua and William Orbit, who produced Melua’s latest album, which is titled The House, did an excellent two-song live acoustic session for Absolute Radio last month.
The idea of releasing a record raising funds for African famine relief didn’t begin with the “We Are The World” single.
The year’s-end release of Five Live Yardbirds coincided with The Yardbirds’ most prestigious outing yet — a place on the bill for The Beatles’ Christmas concerts at the Hammersmith Odeon. Backstage, The Yardbirds came face to face with their immediate future, in the form of a quietly spoken young Mancunian named Graham Gouldman, who had written a song he thought they might like.
Despite the floundering economy, it’s still a busy Christmas for new music. Some of these will cheer you up, and others, well, won’t. So without further introduction, and with emphasis on “exclusive” versions, let’s plunge into some of 2008’s holiday releases.
Philip Norman is known to most Beatles fans as the author of “Shout!,” one of the best full-length Beatles biographies. Now he’s back with “John Lennon: The Life."
In central Wisconsin, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, even more so than usual. The first significant snowfall in this part of the state in years blanketed the ground on Nov. 15.