I was wondering if I should feature a Christmas song. Because when you’re listening to the Spotify playlist “DJ Chrisbe’s Song of the Week” during the year, then you probably don’t want to listen to Christmas music.
But hey, it’s a nice swinging tune, there is some ukulele in it, so I decided to choose this one anyways:
Here is what I found about it on Wikipedia:
“Mele Kalikimaka” is a Hawaiian-themed Christmas song written in 1949 by Robert Alex Anderson. The song takes its title from the Hawaiian phrase, “Mele Kalikimaka,” meaning “Merry Christmas”.
The phrase is borrowed directly from English but since Hawaiian has a different phonological system – Hawaiian does not have the /r/ or /s/ of English and its phonotactic constraints do not permit consonants at the end of syllables or consonant clusters – “Merry Christmas” becomes “Mele Kalikimaka”.
One of the earliest recordings of this song was by Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters in 1950 on Decca 27228 (78 rpm) / 9-27228 (45 rpm) and it has been covered by many artists.
The Puppini Sisters
Inspired by the Andrews Sisters, who took the genre of singing in close harmony to the top (one hundred and thirteen songs in the American charts between 1938 and 1951), Marcella Puppini created a new Sisters group with Kate Mullins and original member Rosanna Shura (later replaced by Stephanie O’Brien and since July 2012 by Terrianne Passingham).
The idea was not to try and copy the enchantments of a historical songbook: rather to create an individual sound, which would encapsulate the trio’s eclectic influences.
As they write about themselves, the Puppini Sisters have long become synonym with the intoxicating mix of music and style they call Swing-Pop, and have won hearts all over the world.
On October 5, 2010, the Puppini Sisters released their third album Christmas With The Puppini Sisters and this week’s song is taken from that album.
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