Christmas is here – Videos to help us celebrate (Dylan, Cash, Cohen, Lennon, Tom Waits, and more..)

Let us have music for Christmas…
Sound the trumpet of joy and rebirth;
Let each of us try, with a song in our hearts,
To bring peace to men on earth.
–> Mildred L. Jarrell

“So this is Christmas…” Here are collection of Videos that hopefully will set you in nice Christmas mood.

Bob Dylan recites the Clement Clarke Moore poem “Twas The Night Before Christmas”


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Ian Fraser Kilmister (Lemmy) Birthday – 5 fascinating cover songs by Motorhead/Lemmy

A kid once said to me “Do you get hangovers?” I said, To get hangovers you have to stop drinking.
— Lemmy Kilmister

Ian Fraser Kilmister (24 December 1945 – 28 December 2015), better known as Lemmy, was an English singer, songwriter, and musician. He is best known as the founder, lead singer, bassist, primary songwriter and only continuous member of the British rock band Motörhead.
Lemmy’s music was one of the foundations of the heavy metal genre.

Big River

Johnny Cash

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Tim Hardin Birthday – Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Rod Stewart, Bob Seger, Neil Young and more cover Tim Hardin

James Timothy Hardin (December 23, 1941 – December 29, 1980) was an American folk musician and composer. He wrote the Top 40 hit “If I Were a Carpenter”, “Reason to Believe”, “The Lady Came from Baltimore”, and more..

Lady Came From Baltimore

Bob Dylan

Palais Des Sports
Besançon, France
4 July 1994

  • Bob Dylan (vocal, guitar & harmonica)
  • Bucky Baxter (pedal steel guitar & electric slide guitar)
  • John Jackson (guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • Winston Watson (drums & percussion)

I was there to steal her money
Take her rings and run
Then I fell in love with the lady
Got away with none



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December 19: Blue Suede Shoes – cover versions by John Lennon, Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley and more..

Well it’s one for the money, two for the show
Three to get ready, now go cat go
But don’t you, step on my blue suede shoes

Wikipedia:

Recorded December 19, 1955
Studio Memphis Recording Service, Memphis, Tennessee
Genre Rockabilly, rock and roll
Length 2:14
Label Sun
Songwriter(s) Carl Perkins
Producer(s) Sam Phillips

 

Blue Suede Shoes” is a rock-and-roll standard written and first recorded by Carl Perkins in 1955. It is considered one of the first rockabilly records, incorporating elements of blues, country and pop music of the time. Perkins’ original version of the song was on the Cashbox Best Selling Singles list for 16 weeks and spent two weeks at the number two position.

Carl Perkins

1956

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December 5: Johnny Cash played MSG, New York City in 1969

Johnny Cash at Madison Square Garden is an album by Johnny Cash that was recorded in December 1969 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, but which was not released until 2002 (making it his 86th album overall).

The album was recorded just 4 months after Cash’s seminal At San Quentin was released, which is probably why it was not released soon after its recording. As with all Cash live shows of this period, he was backed up by the Tennessee Three, which consisted of W.S. Holland, Marshall Grant and Bob Wooton. After the first 11 songs, Johnny Cash took a short break and the guests stepped up to the plate with their current hits. As if Johnny wasn’t enough, we get Carl Perkins and The Statler Brothers in tremendous form. The Carter Family was a standard part of the Johnny Cash Show, and it is a real treat hearing Mother Maybelle with her daughters. They also performs back up vocals on many of the songs.

As with most Cash shows, the genres covered ran the gamut from country music to rockabilly to even some folk rock. Similarly to “Johnny Cash At San Quentin”, Johnny Cash at Madison Square Garden includes numbers performed by Perkins, the Statlers and the Carters while Johnny was offstage.

It is an absolute must have for any Johnny Cash fan! I still wonder why Sony took 33 years to release this gem.

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The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash (Official Documentary)

“Redemption,” observes an off-camera Springsteen. “For Johnny, that was an enormous part of his whole career.” With “The Gift,” Cash’s 71-year reckoning with the wages of sin and salvation is put in eloquently humbling, myth-busting perspective.
– Los Angeles Times

YouTube Originals presents The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash. Johnny Cash stands among the giants of 20th century American life. But his story remains tangled in mystery and myth. This documentary, created with the full cooperation of the Cash estate and rich in recently discovered archival materials, brings Cash the man out from behind the legend.

Taking the remarkable Folsom Prison recording as a central motif and featuring interviews with family and celebrated collaborators, the film explores the artistic victories, the personal tragedies, the struggles with addiction, and the spiritual pursuits that colored Johnny Cash’s life.

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