Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Great Songs For Christmas: "Sleigh Ride"

I think "Sleigh Ride" is one of my all-time favorite Christmas songs.  Many, MANY versions of this song have been recorded during the years and many, MANY versions of this song will blow your socks off.  Memorable covers include artists as varied as Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops, The Ventures (of "Hawaii Five-0" theme song fame) and Amy Grant.

But this version by Ella Fitzgerald, a gorgeous woman IMHO and one of the true giants of the jazz world, remains my favorite.  Her smooth voice and the be-boppin' orchestral accompaniment combine to make this a very catchy holiday tune.

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