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Holly Jolly X'masu

Nov 24, 2022

Welcome to episode 66 of Holly Jolly X'masu! In this episode, I’ll be wrapping up my “Big In Japan” month with a selection of records from a variety of artists who found their biggest or initial success in Japan.

Paul Anka - Christmas In Japan - 1958

This is easily one of the episodes I’ve been most excited to record. While the nostalgia invoked by...

Nov 18, 2022

Welcome to episode 65 of Holly Jolly X'masu! For my second “Big In Japan” episode, I’ll be talking about the Ventures and their 1965 album, “The Ventures’ Christmas Album.”

The Ventures' Christmas Album - 1970

I was on the fence about covering this album since it was originally a US release, but considering how big the Ventures have been in...

Nov 11, 2022

Welcome to episode 64 of Holly Jolly X'masu! In the first of my “Big In Japan” episodes, I’ll be discussing American figure skater Janet Lynn’s 1973 album, “A Joyful Christmas With Janet.”

A Joyful Christmas With Janet - 1973

I’ve always been intrigued by the “Big In Japan” phenomenon. It wasn’t something I gave a lot of thought to...

Nov 1, 2022

Welcome to episode 63 of Holly Jolly X'masu! For Christmas Podcast Day, I’ve remastered one of my earliest episodes, where I discussed Jackey Yoshikawa’s 1966 album, “Christmas With Blue Comets.”

Christmas With Blue Comets - 1966

November 1st is Christmas Podcast Day. It kicks off the peak season for Christmas podcasters, and a lot of us try to...