Snaffled from the net a Christmas or two ago, I had fully intended to post this - the second instalment in our countdown to Christmas - last year.
Its hard to know how to describe it: traditional Xmas schlock interspersed with fake news reports, off-key whining kids and a you-can-see-it-coming-for-miles payoff. One thing is sure; it truly is horrible.
Put out by Mercury Records in time for Christmas 1975, the song was produced and co-written by Paul Vance, an extremely successful songwriter/producer whose credits include Brian Hyland's 'Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini', Perry Como's 'Catch A Falling Star', plus hits for the Cuff-Links and Johnny Mathis amongst a string of others. The singer, one Linda Bennett, was no stranger to the recording studio either, with albums, TV (including and appearance with Ricky Nelson on Ozzie and Harriet) and film credits to her name.
I find it inconceivable that someone at Mercury could have listened to this garbage and though 'mmm...Christmas number one', but I'm sure glad that they did.