Dean Martin

Song of the Season: Christmas Blues

by M.C. Antil on December 21, 2016

It remains, for my money, the greatest film noir ever made. I put it up against Laura, Out of the Past, Sunset Boulevard, Maltese Falcon, Double Indemnity, any of them. What’s particularly amazing is that it was made 40 years after noir’s heyday and shot, not in that genre’s traditional black-and-white, using ultra-dramatic shadows and light, but in […]

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As I was working on the segment below I began reflecting on the biggest pop stars and names of the 60s that, for whatever reason, failed to make the cut. And when I thought about it, made some notes and did some research, I was somewhat surprised to see I had excluded the following five […]

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Adam Sandler may have once rued the dearth of great Hanukkah songs, but the same can’t be said of great Christmas songs — especially Christmas songs penned by Jewish songwriters.  Here’s a list of twelve of the best, not to mention favorites of mine. I’ll Be Home for Christmas A song with something of an uncertain genealogy.  But […]

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Song of the Day — October 27, 2010 A daily snapshot of songs you might not know…but should. Most anyone with any semblance of musical history knows about Phil Spector’s “Wall of Sound” — that signature production technique that employed dozens of musicians to produce dense layers of sound and melody that could instill in […]

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