From the Wayback Machine

Here are The Andrews Sisters singing “Sleigh Ride.” . It’s not clear when this was first recorded, but it appeared on the 2004 compilation “Songs for Christmas”. The sisters had an incredible career. It began in the 1930s in the Midwest, first in vaudeville and then touring with big bands. They recorded hundreds of songs …

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Fugue for a Tinhorn President

We all know “Guys and Dolls,” right? Well, here’s a little switch. When Frank Sinatra formed Reprise Records in 1960 Sinatra recruited several artists for the fledgling label, such as fellow Rat Pack members Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. The original roster from 1961 to 1963 included Bing Crosby, Jo Stafford, Rosemary Clooney, Nancy …

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Mele Kalikimaka

The version of “Mele Kalikimaka” most people know was sung by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters in 1950. It’s been covered by many folks since then, of course, but I’ve never heard one that captures the feel of it quite like this one by Kacey Musgraves, performed here on the Country Music Association’s Country …

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Blue

From the 1946 movie of the same name, here’s Bing Crosby singing “Blue Skies.” 26 years later, here are The Allman Brothers performing “Blue Sky.” Five years after that, Linda Ronstadt sang “Blue Bayou.” Ten years earlier, Paul Mauriat recorded an orchestral version of a Eurovision 4th-place finisher called “Love is Blue.” It hit the …

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