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Christmas Crooners

Department stores start playing these classic crooners’ holiday tunes right around Thanksgiving. You know their voices, but do you know their names?

Reminisce 12 Days of Trivia: Christmas Crooners

Name each of these Christmas crooners based on the clues given in the quiz below.

1. This musician and his trio first recorded “The Christmas Song” in 1946. He got his start playing jazz piano in clubs and later became one of the first African-Americans to host his own variety show.

2. Although “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” was first sung by Judy Garland in Meet Me in St. Louis, this blue-eyed crooner altered the lyrics for his 1957 version of the song. “Up until then we’ll have to muddle through somehow” became “Hang a shining star upon the highest bough” to lighten the song’s mood.

3. Though “Winter Wonderland” has been recorded by more than 100 artists over the years, it was also the first song on this singer’s 1958 Christmas album. These days, this prolific singer is also an avid golfer.

4. In 1968, this musician, World War II veteran and part-time painter, sang about Santa making a list and checking it twice in his cover of the Christmas staple “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.”

5. This crooner was all about Christmas, devoting whole albums and TV specials to the holiday. For part of his 1964 Kraft Music Hall Christmas show, he even sang with the Sistine Chapel Choir, but in 1951 he was singing about the start of the holiday season with “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.”

6. Even though this song was written on a hot California day when the weather outside was hardly frightful at all, which member of the “Rat Pack” and variety show host sang “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!” in 1959?

7. A tale of unrequited love, “Blue Christmas” was originally recorded by Dove O’Dell in the late 1940s, but this rock and roll king made the song his own in 1957 with his trademark rockabilly style.

8. One of America’s most beloved singers and with three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, he dreamed of a “White Christmas” in 1942 and made it one of the best-selling singles of all time.

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Sue December 12, 2013 at 7:36 pm

That was fun!! I love these singers! My sister and I were doing this trivia quiz together.
But, what about the “King of Christmas”? (a.k.a. Andy Williams)
He’s one of my favorites!
Keep up the good work! From: Sue


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