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Burl Ives was a very successful stage and screen actor as well as a folk singer. He acted in the film Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, among others, and his list of songs include "A Little Bitty Tear" and "A Funny Way Of Laughin'." (thanks, Jeff - Boston, MA)
This was written by songwriter Johnny Marks, who had already written the Christmas classic "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
," a song that proved so popular the stop-motion animators at Rankin-Bass created a half-hour TV special to expand on the song. Ives was brought in for star power, to play the narrator, Sam the Snowman, and take over several songs originally slated for the character of Yukon Cornelius. One was "Silver And Gold," and this was the other. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
A version by Lady Antebellum was released as a single from their 2012 Christmas album On A Winter's Night. The trio recorded a video in Nashville, which was directed by TK McKamy. The clip follows a little boy's attempt to get his festive wish. "'A Holly Jolly Christmas' just has something kind of flirty about it," said L A's Hillary Scott. "So, when it came time to make the video, we really wanted it to feel lighthearted and fun with a sense of humor…something that just makes you smile."
Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum
Dave explains how the video appropriated the meaning of "Runaway Train," and what he thought of getting parodied by Weird Al.
Charlie Benante of Anthrax
The drummer for Anthrax is also a key songwriter. He explains how the group puts their songs together and tells the stories behind some of their classics.
Joe talks about the challenges of of making a Duke Ellington tribute album, and tells the stories behind some of his hits.