Harlem Nocturne by Earle Hagen

Harlem Nocturne by Earle Hagen (1919-2008)

Earle Harry Hagen was an American composer who created music for movies and television. He is remembered for co-writing and whistling “The Fishin’ Hole”, the melody of the main theme to The Andy Griffith Show, the instrumental classic “Harlem Nocturne” used as the theme to television’s Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer, and co-wrote the theme song to Tim Conway’s Western comedy Rango.
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Fly Me To The Moon by Bart Howard

Fly Me To The Moon by Bart Howard (1915-2004)

Bart Howard was the composer and writer of the famous jazz standard “Fly Me To The Moon”, which has been performed by singers (among others) Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson, Della Reese, Diana Krall, June Christy and Astrud Gilberto. It is also played frequently by jazz and popular musicians around the world.
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Blue Skies by Irving Berlin

Blue Skies by Irving Berlin (1888-1989)

Irving Berlin was an American composer and lyricist of Jewish heritage, widely considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history. The song was composed in 1926 as a last minute addition to the Rodgers and Hart musical, Betsy. Although the show only ran for 39 performances, “Blue Skies” was an instant success, with audiences on opening night demanding 24 encores of the piece from star, Belle Baker. During the final repetition, Ms. Baker forgot her lyrics, prompting Berlin to sing them from his seat in the front row.
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Little Saint Nick by Brian Wilson Mike Love

Little Saint Nick by Brian Wilson Mike Loveby Brian Wilson (1942-) Mike Love (1941-)

“Little Saint Nick” is a Christmas song written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love and originally performed by their group The Beach Boys. It was first released as a single in December 1963, reaching number three on the Billboard Christmas charts and peaking at #69 on the regular weekly sales chart surveyed by Cash Box. Despite a media-hushed Christmas in mourning for recently assassinated President John F. Kennedy, the single went into the Top Tens of Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento, Milwaukee, Vancouver and Washington DC, and the Top Twenties of San Francisco, Seattle, Minneapolis, Houston, Miami, and Springfield, MA. Eventually, over several more Christmases, it was credited as an unofficial (non-RIAA audited) million-seller.
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Grown Up Christmas List by David Foster

Grown Up Christmas List by David Foster (1949-)

“Grown-Up Christmas List” (sometimes titled “My Grown-Up Christmas List”) is a Christmas song composed by David Foster (music) and Linda Thompson-Jenner (lyrics),[1] and originally recorded by Foster (with singer Natalie Cole on vocals) for his 1990 non-holiday album River of Love. Though it was also released as a single, the song was not a hit upon its first appearance. In 1992, however, Amy Grant recorded a version for her second holiday album, Home for Christmas. Grant’s version featured altered lyrics and an additional verse that Grant penned herself. Her record label at the time, A&M Records, promoted the song as the second single from the album, and it received substantially more radio airplay than the original version by Foster.
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Its Beginning to Look Like Christmas by Meredith Willson

Its Beginning to Look Like Christmas by Meredith Willson (1902-1984)

Robert Meredith Willson was an American composer, songwriter, conductor and playwright, best known for writing the book, music and lyrics for the hit Broadway musical The Music Man. He wrote three other Broadway musicals, composed symphonies and popular songs, and his film scores were twice nominated for Academy Awards.
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Hard Candy Christmas by Carol Hall

Hard Candy Christmas by Carol Hall (1936-)

Carol Hall is an American composer and lyricist, born in Abilene, Texas. Hall is best known for composing the music and lyrics for the Broadway stage musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1978, adapted as a film in 1982). Her other major works include the unsuccessful Broadway sequel The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public (1994), as well as the stage play To Whom It May Concern.
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Nuttin For Christmas by Roy Bennett and Sid Tepper

Nuttin For Christmasby Roy Bennett and Sid Tepper

“Nuttin’ for Christmas” is a novelty Christmas song written by Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett. It became a hit during the 1955 Christmas season when the song showed up on Billboard’s pop charts by a total of five different artists. The highest-charting of the five recordings was released by Art Mooney and His Orchestra, with seven-year-old Barry Gordon as lead vocalist; this version peaked at #6 and became a million-seller. Another notable version was performed by Stan Freberg (with Daws Butler appearing as a burglar helped by the kid at the end). Other charting versions were recorded by The Fontane Sisters, Joe Ward, and Ricky Zahnd and the Blue Jeaners.
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Happy Xmas (War is Over) by John Lennon Yoko Ono

Happy Xmas (War is Over) by John Lennon Yoko Ono

“Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” is a song written by John Lennon and Yoko Ono and released in 1971 as a single by John & Yoko/Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir.
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Caroling Caroling by Alfred Burt

Caroling Caroling by Alfred Burt (1920-1954)

Alfred Shaddick Burt was an American jazz musician who is best known for composing the music for fifteen Christmas carols between 1942 and 1954. Only one of the carols was performed in public outside his immediate family circle during his lifetime.
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