Dec 31, 2022
Welcome to episode 71 of Holly Jolly X'masu! For my special New Year’s Eve episode, I’ll be talking about the 1960 album, “The Blue Diamonds’ Christmas.”
Growing up, when we weren’t listening to Christmas music, my mom almost always had the Oldies station playing. I was always partial to the Everly Brothers and their wonderful harmonizing. When I first heard the Blue Diamonds, the Everlys were the first thing I thought of. It was no surprise that Ruud and Riem got their start emulating Don and Phil. The more I listened to it, the more I started thinking of it as the Christmas album the Everlys should have recorded. Yeah, they have a Christmas album, but it doesn’t compare to the de Wolff brothers’ album. I’d rank “The Blue Diamonds’ Christmas” right up there with Bobby Vee’s “Merry Christmas.”
Thanks for listening in over the past year. I hope you’ll join me in 2023 as I continue to cover the best in Japanese Christmas music. I have some great episodes lined up, featuring fantastic albums you literally can’t hear anywhere else. Join me in January as I cover a pair of great instrumental albums. Up first is “Christmas In Hawaii” by the Royal Hawaiian Boys. Then tune in on the 25th as I talk about Riichi Maki’s “Now Sound Christmas.” Both albums are loaded with wonderful music you’re sure to enjoy!
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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