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December 22, 2012 8:46 AM Morning Christmas music

By Kathleen Geier

Some people profess to hate Christmas music. But while there’s certainly no lack of terrible seasonal music assaulting our eardrums from November to January (“Christmas Shoes,” anyone?*), there are also treasures among the dross. This, the hippest version of “White Christmas” you will ever hear, is one of them. It was recorded in 1954 by the pre-Ben E. King version of the Drifters, featuring tenor Clyde McPhatter. The minimalist cartoon is pretty sweet as well.

*Do be sure to check out the link; don’t worry, it’s not the “Christmas Shoes” song itself.

Kathleen Geier is a writer and public policy researcher who lives in Chicago. She blogs at Inequality Matters. Find her on Twitter: @Kathy_Gee


  • c u n d gulag on December 22, 2012 9:58 AM:

    Thanks, Kathleen,
    Though I don't like too many modern Christmal songs (and almost every R&R one), I've always loved this version of that song.
    It's hard to top Clyde McPhatter with the Drifters. Or Ben E. King, for that matter.

    And that minimalist animation adds to the pleasure.

    Now I wanna go 'n hear me some Nat King Cole.

  • Crissa on December 22, 2012 1:03 PM:

    I've never heard this one; awesome, thanks!

    I always worry about old, recorded music turning into a hegemony in which new - or like this, different - art never getting seen because we only get to see the same ones in rotation.

  • ChristianPinko on December 22, 2012 3:11 PM:

    I'm partial to this version, which I heard on Little Steven's Underground Garage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFhNzPA2IRM

  • Anonymous on December 22, 2012 8:01 PM:

    Thanks, Kathleen. That's a favorite from my youth.