Holiday Standard Time with Michael Feinstein

Airs December 24 at 8PM on 93.9 FM, December 25 at 4PM on 93.9FM and at 8PM on AM 820
Produced by New York Public Radio

Thursday, December 16, 2010

This hour-long celebration of the American holiday songbook features nearly 30 rare and unusual tracks culled from Michael Feinstein’s personal collection of 20,000 recordings, including rare performances by Peggy Lee, Rosemary Clooney, Louis Prima, and Donny Hathaway.

You’ll enjoy a medley of swinging Christmas songs of the post-WWII era, including “Little Jack Frost, Get Lost,” a delightful Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee duet, as well as jazz legend Louis Armstrong’s seldom-heard early '50s Christmas tune, “’Zat You, Santa Claus?” The show also delves briefly into an even more unusual category—the urban blues Christmas song—with recordings by blues great Bessie Smith, the African-American vaudeville team Butterbeans and Susie, and Patti Page, best known as a country singer.

Michael has also searched through his catalog for some of the worst, least-memorable holiday songs. You’ll hear a briefly painful medley tunes by a diverse roster of artists, including Connie Francis, Mel Blanc (best known as the voice of Bugs Bunny), Liberace, and the long-forgotten early '20s crooner Arthur Tracy.

Best of all, you’ll enjoy three performances from Michael himself, including comedian Tom Lehrer’s classic “Hanukkah in Santa Monica.” 

Listen to a bonus track from Michael Feinstein.


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Comments [3]


Thanks, both of you, for listening and taking the time to post comments. We have no plans to offer the show for purchase, but we will leave this page up, so you'll be able to listen anytime and share the link with friends. Thanks again!

Dec. 27 2010 05:06 PM
George Singletary

I love listening to the radio, I missed some
of the program while driving in the car
earlier on Christmas day, so I re heard
the show on the web, how wonderful was
that, a very nice Christmas gift, thank you.... Merry Christmas......

Dec. 26 2010 12:17 AM
ms. dimple shah from jersey city, nj

Any plans to offer this program for purchase. It was wonderful to hear the snippets that I managed to catch.

Dec. 25 2010 05:29 PM

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