The Classic Christmas Album series, launched in 2011 with THE CLASSIC CHRISTMAS ALBUM by Tony Bennett, rings in the holiday season with new editions by Luther Vandross, John Denver, Kenny G, Willie Nelson, and Elvis Presley. The titles will be available everywhere October 2nd through Legacy Recordings, a division of SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT.
Each new collection gathers 14 or more remastered tracks spanning the career of each artist, all of whom recorded multiple holiday albums through the years, as well as occasional Christmas tunes on other albums.
THE CLASSIC CHRISTMAS ALBUM by Kenny G, for example, presents selections from his five holiday releases: Miracles: The Holiday Album (Arista, 1994), Faith: A Holiday Album (Arista, 1999), Wishes: A Holiday Album (Arista, 2002), the Greatest Holiday Classics (Arista, 2005), and The Holiday Collection (Sony 2006).
With many of their holiday albums either out-of-print, or never issued on CD, or highly collectible rarities, each new title in the Classic Christmas Albumseries is a welcome cross-section of those hard-to-find classics. Each Classic Christmas Album gathers a career’s worth of precious memories, often spanning decades, while creating new memories at the same time.
The five new Classic Christmas Albumentries comprise the following:
THE CLASSIC CHRISTMAS ALBUM by LUTHER VANDROSS (Epic/ Legacy 88691 96832 2 6) Selections: 1. The Christmas Song • 2. My Favorite Things • 3. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas • 4. The Mistletoe Jam (Everybody Kiss Somebody) • 5. With A Christmas Heart • 6. I Listen To The Bells (Duet with Darlene Love) • 7. A Kiss For Christmas • 8. Every Year, Every Christmas • 9. This Is Christmas • 10. Please Come Home For Christmas • 11. O’ Come All Ye Faithful • 12. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Live) • 13. May Christmas Bring You Happiness • 14. At Christmas Time.
THE CLASSIC CHRISTMAS ALBUM by JOHN DENVER (RCA/Legacy 88725 43775 2 8) Selections: 1. A Baby Just Like You • 2. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) • 3. White Christmas • 4. Christmas For Cowboys • 5. Please, Daddy (Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas) • 6. Blue Christmas • 7. Noel: Christmas Eve 1913 • 8. Medley: Alfie, The Christmas Tree/Carol For A Christmas Tree/It’s In Everyone Of Us • 9. Coventry Carol • 10. What Child Is This? • 11. Christmas Like A Lullaby • 12. The Marvelous Toy • 13. Oh Holy Night • 14. Aspenglow • 15. Jingle Bells • 16. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.
THE CLASSIC CHRISTMAS ALBUM by KENNY G (Arista/Legacy 88725 41311 2 0) Selections: 1. Winter Wonderland • 2. White Christmas • 3. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas • 4. Silent Night • 5. Silver Bells • 6. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! • 7. The First Noel • 8. I’ll Be Home For Christmas • 9. Sleigh Ride • 10. The Christmas Song • 11. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town • 12. Joy To The World • 13. Do You Hear What I Hear? • 14. My Favorite Things • 15. Jingle Bells • 16. Auld Lang Syne.
THE CLASSIC CHRISTMAS ALBUM by WILLIE NELSON (Columbia/ Legacy 88725 44531 2 3) Selections: 1. A Dreamer’s Holiday • 2. White Christmas • 3. Here Comes Santa Claus • 4. Jingle Bells • 5. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer • 6. Winter Wonderland • 7. Frosty The Snowman • 8. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town • 9. Pretty Paper • 10. Blue Christmas • 11. Christmas Blues • 12. O Little Town Of Bethlehem • 13. Away In A Manger • 14. Joy To The World • 15. What A Wonderful World • 16. Silent Night, Holy Night.
THE CLASSIC CHRISTMAS ALBUM by ELVIS PRESLEY (RCA/Legacy 88725 45538 2 3) Selections: 1. I’ll Be Home For Christmas (with Carrie Underwood) • 2. Blue Christmas (with Martina McBride) • 3. Winter Wonderland • 4. The First Noel • 5. The Wonderful World Of Christmas • 6. Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees • 7. O Come, All Ye Faithful • 8. Merry Christmas Baby • 9. I’ll Be Home On Christmas Day • 10. If Everyday Was Like Christmas • 11. White Christmas • 12. Silent Night • 13. Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) • 14. O Little Town Of Bethlehem • 15. Santa Claus Is Back In Town • 16. Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me) • 17. Blue Christmas.
Renowned bassist, producer and songwriter Marcus Miller was interviewed recently by EBONY magazine, and spoke about Luther Vandross. Here is an excerpt:
EBONY: You mentioned working with Luther and Miles [Davis]. On the surface, it would seem that they have nothing in common. But Miles played trumpet with a lyrical, vocal quality, and Luther’s voice was as supple as a trumpet. Did you notice any similarities in how they made music?
MM: Absolutely. There are a lot of trumpeters who play with a lot technique. And there are a lot of singers who can riff all over the place. But Luther and Miles; they could play all the notes, but they just played the right notes. They found the notes that would affect you, emotionally… Roberta Flack, too! I mention her because, I was in her band, and that’s where Luther and I met; he was singing background for her.
Read more at EBONY.com.
Seven years ago this Sunday, July 1st, Luther Vandross passed away at the age of 54. While we may be missing Luther’s smile and laugh, his voice is always nearby. Please feel free to share your warmest and most memorable Luther moments at our new website, fan forums and Luther’s official Facebook.
You can register or use your Facebook or Twitter account to post messages at LutherVandross.com.
The musical legacy of Luther Vandross is still going strong — Luther is being recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2013, and a collection of Luther’s “Hidden Gems” was released earlier this year! If you want to participate in all things Luther, please register and join us at our brand new fan forums. You also can sign in using Facebook and Twitter. We’d love to have you share your stories and meet other Luther fans.
We’ll keep all of Luther’s fans informed as to when the ceremony will happen in 2013, and we hope to see you there!
WALK OF FAMER MARG HELGENBERGER AND THE HOLLYWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNOUNCE NEW WALK OF FAME HONOREES FOR 2013
HOLLYWOOD, CA. June 22, 2012 —For the first time in the history of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce held a live press announcement in order to proclaim the 2013 Hollywood Walk of Famers. This elite group of entertainment professionals is skilled in the categories of Motion Pictures, Television, Radio, Recording and Live Theatre/Live Performance. Actress and recent Walk of Fame recipient Marg Helgenberger will announce the new selections to the media on Friday, June 22, at noon in the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel’s Oscar Room at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard.
These individuals were chosen from among hundreds of nominations at a meeting held on June 15, 2012 and ratified by the Hollywood Chamber’s Board of Directors. Leron Gubler, President and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce hosted the event and David Green, Chairman of the Walk of Fame selection committee, who participated in this historic event stated, “The Walk of Fame committee is proud to announce next year’s honorees whose additions to the world famous Hollywood Walk of Fame will bring everlasting memories of their star power, talent, and popularity to the millions who visit Hollywood each year and which will shine even more light on the entertainment capital of the world.”
Helgenberger went on to read the names of the 24 newly selected Walk of Famers:
The Walk of Fame recipients for the year 2013 are:
MOTION PICTURES: Rick Baker, Javier Bardem, Viola Davis, James Franco, Ron Howard and Helen Mirren
TELEVISION: Simon Baker, Bryan Cranston, Ellen DeGeneres, Jane Lynch, Katey Sagal and Matthew Perry
RECORDING: The Backstreet Boys, Jennifer Hudson, Jane’s Addiction, Janis Joplin (Posthumous), New Kids on the Block, Usher Raymond IV, Thalia and Luther Vandross (Posthumous)
LIVE THEATRE/PERFORMANCE: Olympia Dukakis and Penn & Teller
RADIO: Steve Harvey and “Shot Gun” Tom Kelly
ABOUT THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME – www.WalkOfFame.com
The Hollywood Walk of Fame is an internationally-recognized Hollywood icon. With approximately 24 star ceremonies annually broadcast around the world, the constant reinforcement provided to the public has made the Walk of Fame a top visitor attraction. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce continues to administer the Walk of Fame as the representative of the City of Los Angeles. In 2010, the Walk of Fame marked its 50thanniversary. The Walk of Fame is a tribute to all of those who worked diligently to develop the concept and to maintain this world-class tourist attraction. The Walk of Fame is open to the public.
For more information and to view who shares a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, visit www.walkoffame.com
The Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Hollywood Sign are registered trademarks of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
Thanks to his understated elegance, impeccable phrasing and sophisticated style of delivering soul music, it’s hard to believe that anyone can say they’ve never heard, or heard of, Luther Vandross. Before he passed in 2005, the 54-year-old singer/songwriter/producer, who once scraped by singing commercial jingles and background vocals, had amassed a quarter century’s worth of hits, so titling anything by the superstar as a Hidden Gems may sound erroneous. However, due to the multiple smashes Mr. Vandross released over the years, other worthy numbers were overlooked or unrecognized, hence the reason for considering these selections as such.
Read more at SoulTracks.com.
Luther Vandross’ friend and collaborator, Fonzi Thornton, recently spoke with The Wall Street Journal about Luther and the new album Hidden Gems. Watch the interview in the video below.
Freddie Jackson shared a friendship and friendly rivalry with Luther Vandross, and he shares some of his memories of Luther in the video below.
Read more at TheUrbanDaily.com.
Today would have been Luther Vandross’ 61st birthday. In his honor, here is a special message from Luther’s best friend and music collaborator, Fonzi Thornton. Please share your birthday messages below and on Luther’s Facebook page!