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Christmas Songs: Sources

Books Consulted

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 CollectionAnd 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 obituaryLos 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 obituaryLos 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:

Nate Bloom, “Shining a Light…” Interfaith Family.com, Dec. 20, 2011

Barbara Rowes, “Money” People Magazine, Dec. 22, 1980, pg. 111 (About Marx)

Silver Bells:

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.