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   ASCAP Top 25 Christmas Songs


The Top 25 most performed ASCAP holiday songs are listed below. Each song includes songwriter credits, and cites the most popular artist version played on radio.

The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
Written by: Mel Tormé, Robert Wells
Performed by: Nat "King" Cole

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Written by: Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin
Performed by: The Pretenders

Winter Wonderland
Written by: Felix Bernard, Richard B. Smith
Performed by: Eurythmics

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Written by: Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie
Performed by: Bruce Springsteen

White Christmas
Written by: Irving Berlin
Performed by: Bing Crosby

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
Written by: Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne
Performed by: Andy Williams

Jingle Bell Rock
Written by: Joseph Carleton Beal, James Ross Boothe
Performed by: Bobby Helms

Little Drummer Boy
Written by: Katherine K. Davis, Henry V. Onorati, Harry Simeone
Performed by: The Harry Simeone Chorale & Orchestra

Sleigh Ride
Written by: Leroy Anderson, Mitchell Parish
Performed by: The Ronettes

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
Written by: Johnny Marks
Performed by: Gene Autry

It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
Written by: Edward Pola, George Wyle
Performed by: Andy Williams

I'll Be Home For Christmas
Written by: Walter Kent, Kim Gannon, Buck Ram
Performed by: Vanessa Williams

Silver Bells
Written by: Jay Livingston, Ray Evans
Performed by: Kenny G

Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
Written by: Johnny Marks
Performed by: Brenda Lee

Feliz Navidad
Written by: José Feliciano
Performed by: José Feliciano

Blue Christmas
Written by: Billy Hayes, Jay W. Johnson
Performed by: Elvis Presley

Frosty The Snowman
Written by: Steve Nelson, Walter E. Rollins
Performed by: The Ronettes

A Holly Jolly Christmas
Written by: Johnny Marks
Performed by: Burl Ives

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
Written by: Meredith Willson
Performed by: Johnny Mathis

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
Written by: Tommie Connor (PRS)
Performed by: John Mellencamp

Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)
Written by: Gene Autry, Oakley Haldeman
Performed by: Elvis Presley

Carol Of The Bells
Written by: Peter J. Wilhousky, Mykola Leontovich
Performed by: John Tesh and the Christmas Symphony Orchestra

Do They Know It's Christmas? (Feed The World)
Written by: Midge Ure (PRS), Bob Geldof (PRS)
Performed by: Band Aid

(There's No Place Like) Home For The Holidays
Written by: Bob Allen, Al Stillman
Performed by: The Carpenters

Santa Baby
Written by: Joan Ellen Javits, Philip Springer, Tony Springer
Performed by: Madonna

Some facts about the Top 25 ASCAP Holiday Songs:

Oldest Songs:
"Santa Claus Is Coming To Town","Winter Wonderland" (1934)

Newest Song:
"Do They Know It's Christmas? (Feed The World)" (1984)

Most Recorded Holiday Song:
"White Christmas" (Well Over 500 Versions In Dozens Of Languages)

Songs Introduced In Film And Television:
"White Christmas" In Holiday Inn (1942)
"Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" In Meet Me In St. Louis (1944)
"Silver Bells" In The Lemon Drop Kid (1950)
"A Holly Jolly Christmas" In TV Special Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer (1962)

Writer With Most Top Holiday Songs:
Johnny Marks With Three - "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer," "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree," "A Holly Jolly Christmas"

"Sleigh Ride" is the only Holiday song written originally as an instrumental piece for a symphony orchestra. The Boston Pops Orchestra gave the first performance in a concert conducted by Arthur Fiedler at Symphony Hall in Boston, May 4, 1948. Mills Music published it that same year. The Boston Pops Orchestra recorded it in June of 1949. Mitchell Parish added lyrics in 1949.





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   History Of Halloween


Sunday is Halloween, and the frightfest has trick-or-treaters checking the Web for the history of the haunted holiday.

Turns out, the modern-day tradition of outfitting yourself in a costume and going door to door for candy has some really ancient roots.

Originally, the festival came from the Celtic holiday Samhain, which means summer's end, and celebrated the end of fall and the beginning of winter. This day also marked the Celts' version of the new year — and the time, they believed, when the dead came back to roam the earth. (Insert spooky music here.)

Ancestors were honored, but evil spirits were warded off by lighting bonfires and wearing costumes to hide from them. Turnips carved with faces got placed in windows to scare off the unwelcome undead. People would go "a-souling," and in exchange for food and drink, pray for a household's dead relatives. In Scotland, spirits were impersonated by men wearing all white with veiled faces. Sound familiar?

The holiday is actually a mash of Catholic and Celtic beliefs. Oh, and Roman. Their version of the Celtic holiday was called Feralia, which honored their dead. The Catholics — who were beginning to influence the area by the 800s — contributed All Saints' Day, also known as All Hallows or Hallowmas. The name "Halloween" comes from the Scottish "All-Hallows-Even," meaning "the night before All Hallows Day."

By the mid-19th century, Irish immigrants brought Halloween to America. By the 1950s, candy makers began promoting their sweet stuff as the currency to give out to trick-or-treaters, and this year it's estimated to be a $2 billion candy bonanza. The religious ideas have been dropped, and the day as we know it — dressing up, carving pumpkins, and getting a good scare ... and goodies — became the holiday it is now.



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   KDSJ Receives Honor From The Deadwood Volunteer Fire Department


KDSJ was honored by the Deadwood Volunteer Fire Department at their annual banquet on Saturday, February 9, 2008 with a Friends Of The Deadwood Firefighters plaque for giving away free tee-shirts at, and helping to promote, their Fire Prevention Day in the fall of 2007. Fire Prevention Day featured free smoke detectors and a free chili feed. The staff at KDSJ would like to sincerely thank the Deadwood Volunteer Fire Department and the Deadwood Firefighters for selecting us to receive this outstanding honor.



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