Songwriter Hugh Martin, who co-wrote the classic song "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" for Judy Garland's 1944 movie, Meet Me in St. Louis died on Friday. He was 96. Fresh Air remembers Martin with highlights from a 1989 interview.
Every holiday season brings a new batch of seasonal pop music, some of it from unlikely or obscure sources. Rock critic Ken Tucker has listened to most of the new holiday collections released this year, and has chosen three albums that ought to make your season a bit more festive.
Two kinds of people consume Christmas music: those who actually like the stuff, and folks who need something listenable on hand in case seasonal visitors insist on some ornamental mood music. For both groups, two new jazz brass albums should do the trick. Critic Kevin Whitehead reviews.
The news that Bob Dylan was making a Christmas album came as a surprise. Now that Christmas In The Heart has been released, with the announcement that all profits will go to charity, it's caused even more consternation, with commentators divided as to whether it's an earnest effort or one big put-down. Rock critic Ken Tucker offers his opinion.
Comedian and talk show host Stephen Colbert talks about A Colbert Christmas: the Greatest Gift of All. It's a take-off on all the old Christmas TV specials of yore hosted by the likes of Bing Crosby and Andy Williams. On the show, Colbert welcomes special guests Feist, Toby Keith, John Legend, Willie Nelson and Jon Stewart.
Self-proclaimed "broadcasting legend" Stephen Colbert talks about his upcoming Christmas special on Comedy Central. According to Colbert, it will include goats dressed as reindeer and his own original Christmas songs.
Songwriter Hugh Martin, now 95, collaborated with Ralph Blaine on a holiday classic: "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." The song was made famous by Judy Garland in the 1944 film Meet Me in St. Louis. Since then, many different versions have been recorded with changes in lyrics. This interview first aired on Dec. 22, 2006.
With 13 days still to go, some listeners might be crying "Enough!" (already) when the carols play. For them, Fresh Air's resident rock critic offers up two Christmas albums that might help make the holiday chestnuts seem fresh again: It's Christmas, Of Course, from Darlene Love, and Raul Malo's Marshmallow World and Other Holiday Favorites.