I have decided to end PBJ after 14 years. A big thank you to all of the people who contributed over the years and to our readers. I’ll leave the archives up if you’d like to look around in the future, and you can follow me at my site.
I don’t know why The Brian Setzer Orchestra decided to turn the theme from The Flintstones into a Christmas song, but I’m glad they did.
Robert Vaughn passed away last month, and while surfing around I came across this Christmas promo pic for The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
OK, this is a quite different than the song in the previous post. From the 1956 album Ski Trails, it’s Jo Stafford with Paul Weston and His Orchestra doing “Sleigh Ride.”
I’m old school when it comes to Christmas songs – Dean Martin, Rosemary Clooney, Perry Como – and there are only a handful of modern holiday tunes I like. This is one. It was written by Carol Hall (for The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas) and Dolly Parton does a great version. I really like this one too, by Leigh Nash.
This month I’m going to post all Christmas-related things. First up, from the ’80’s, something I’ve posted before: one of my favorite Christmas commercials:
On his TV show in 1954, Liberace celebrated Thanksgiving by playing some tunes and killing a turkey. If you’ve never seen the episode (and why would you have?) here it is.
[via Dinner is Served 1972]
What a great voice she had, on songs like “Wheel of Fortune” (used in L.A. Confidential) and “So Tired.” She died in Bel Air, CA at the age of 94 last week.
Since we’re just about in the holiday season, here’s one of my favorite songs: