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Holly Jolly X'masu

May 25, 2022

Welcome to episode 51 of Holly Jolly X'masu! In this episode, I’ll be discussing Goro “Smiley” Asahina’s 1967 album, “Dancing Through Blue Christmas.”

"Dancing Through Blue Christmas" - 1967

Just speaking as a collector, this is the sort of album I live for. Not only is it virtually unknown, both here and in Japan, but it contains an original song that can only be found here. Finding songs and albums like this are a huge thrill. As a result, the episodes where I cover music that can truly only be heard here are even more enjoyable.

I hope you’ve enjoyed listening to “Dancing Through Blue Christmas,” and learning at least a little about Goro “Smiley” Asahina. He’s a unique figure, at least among the musicians I’ve researched, in that he was so closely tied not just to the US military, but to one base in particular.

Be sure to join me back here in June as I kick off the summer months with a pair of truly enjoyable albums. Up first is “Xmas Home Party” by Naozumi Yamamoto. He’s joined by the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and famed pianist Norio Maeda. Then join me on the 25th for Naomi Sagara’s 1975 album, “White Christmas.” She was an extremely popular singer throughout the 1970s with an outstanding voice. They’re both great albums, and you’re sure to enjoy them.

As always, any feedback on this episode would be appreciated. If have any suggestions, or if you’d like to recommend a song or album for a future episode, drop me a line and let me know.

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