(Monday, January 13, 1958) — “Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms peaked at #6 on today’s Billboard Top 100 Sides chart for one week. Continue reading ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ by Bobby Helms peaks at #6 in USA 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 13 1958)
(Saturday, December 27, 1997) — “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” by Elmo & Patsy peaked at #87 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for one week. Continue reading ‘Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer’ by Elmo & Patsy peaks at #87 in USA 20 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 27 1997)
Video: 'Frankie Lymon - Goody Goody HD (The Ed Sullivan Show (December 22, 1957)'
(Sunday, December 22, 1957, 8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT) — Frankie Lymon performed “Goody Goody” and “It’s Christmas Time Once Again” on tonight’s edition of the CBS-TV variety show The Ed Sullivan Show live from CBS Studio No. 50 in New York City. Continue reading Frankie Lymon performs on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 22 1957)
Video: 'The Beatles - Christmas Time Is Here Again (1967)'
(Friday, December 15, 1967) — “Christmas Time Is Here Again!,” a holiday musical/spoken flexi-disc by The Beatles, was sent to members of rock band’s UK fan club today. Continue reading The Beatles release ‘Christmas Time Is Here Again!’ 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 15 1967)
Video: 'The Gathering 1977'
(Sunday, December 4, 1977, 9 p.m. EST) — The Gathering, an American made-for-television drama film about a crusty businessman who, facing his last Christmas, makes an eleventh hour attempt to pull together the family which he shattered, premiered tonight on ABC. Continue reading ‘The Gathering’ film premieres on ABC-TV 40 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 4 1977)
Video: 'Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas (Full)'
(Wednesday, November 30, 1977, 9 p.m. EST) — Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas, Bing Crosby’s final Christmas special, recorded just five weeks before his death on Oct. 14, 1977, aired tonight on CBS, featuring the unusual pairing of Crosby and David Bowie on “Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy” (taped Sept. 11, 1977). Continue reading Crosby, Bowie Christmas duet airs on CBS 40 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 30 1977)
Video: 'The Door Into Summer (2007 Remastered Alternate Mix)'
(Tuesday, October 3, 1967) — The Monkees completed an early version of “The Door into Summer” and an official studio version (vs. the TV version recorded on Aug. 21, 1967) of “Riu Chiu” today at RCA Victor Studios in Hollywood, the former for their fourth studio album Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. Continue reading The Monkees work on two tracks 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 3 1967)
Video: 'Miracle on 34th Street' trailer
(Wednesday, June 4, 1947, doors opened at 10:30 a.m. EDT) — Miracle on 34th Street, a Christmas comedy-drama film about a department store Santa who claims to be the real thing, opened this morning at the Roxy Theatre at 153 West 50th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues, just off Times Square in New York City. Continue reading ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ opens in New York City 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jun 4 1947)
(Saturday, January 5, 1957) — “Mary’s Boy Child” by Harry Belafonte peaked at #12 on today’s Billboard Best Sellers in Stores chart for one week.
Video: '"Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas!" - Full TV Special Cartoon (Aired December 18, 1966)'
(Sunday, December 18, 1966, 7:00 p.m. EST) — Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, a Christmas animated musical comedy television special based on the eponymous children’s book by Dr. Seuss, premiered tonight on CBS. Continue reading ‘Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!’ debuts on CBS-TV 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 18 1966)