The Most Useful Book in this section was Christmas Songs Made in America: Favorite Holiday Melodies and the Stories of Their Origins, written by Albert and Shirley Menendez.
Another excellent source was Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Christmas Collection. And I must admit that my own work appears in that volume. Under my real name (Kalambakal) I wrote several articles–on Boxing Day, Gifts of the 70s and 80s, etc–so I know that the Uncle John’s staff actually does some pretty rigorous fact-checking.
I also used Brenda Lee’s autobiography,Little Miss Dynamite: The Life and Times of Brenda Lee.
I consulted other books, but will not list them here because, quite frankly, their information was not well-researched and did not stand up well to other sources. Hmpf!
Articles in Newspapers, Magazine, and Online
All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth: Donald Gardner obituary, Los Angeles Times ,Sept. 26, 2004
Caroling, Caroling: “Burt Family History,” Burt Carols Website
Chipmunk Song: “History,” The Chipmunks.com (a great site put up and maintained by David Seville’s sons)
Do You Hear What I Hear: Noel Regney’s obituary, Los Angeles Times ,Nov. 30, 2002
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus: Jimmy Boyd’s obituary, Los Angeles Times, Sept. 3, 2012
Nuttin’ for Christmas: Barry Gordon 2005 YouTube interview (8+ minutes)
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Johnny Marx:
Barbara Rowes, “Money” People Magazine, Dec. 22, 1980, pg. 111 (About Marx)
Robin Abcarian “Still they ring…” Los Angeles Times, Dec 25, 2004, pg. E1
“What’s in a Song?” Western Folklife Center, NPR Music. Dec. 25, 2005. Interview with Ray Evans
Yogi Yorgisson: “Biography,” Yogi Yorgesson biography.