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The infamous 'Christmas Carol Bloodbath' of ... 2011
This week we pit musical legends against upstarts and imitators, in a duel to the death. You be the judge and jury.
Let’s start with the best selling single of all time, Christmas or not … 50 million copies of Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” have been sold. Here’s the crooner from the musical Holiday Inn from 1942:
Crosby was dismissive of his role in the song's success, saying later that "a jackdaw with a cleft palate could have sung it successfully."
Lady Gaga couldn’t resist the challenge. Here’s her “White Christmas”:
One of the most loved seasonal songs is this chestnut (sorry) from Nat King Cole, “The Christmas Song”:
Who but a teenage upstart would dare to challenge the supremacy of Nat Cole? Why none other than young human Justin Bieber:
To hear more shocking audio, listen to the episode through the above audio link. We pit Burl Ives against Michael Buble, The Harry Simeone Chorale against The 3 Tenors, and Frank Sinatra against Frankie Valli. No contest!
Every week on “Record bin Roulette,” KPLU’s John Kessler and John Maynard put an insightful and fun spin on a century's worth of discarded vinyl. The feature is published here and airs on KPLU 88.5 every Thursday during Morning Edition, All Things Considered and on Weekend Saturday Edition.