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BARRY LEVINE: What's your favorite Christmas song?

THE OLD ROCKER: Learn the story behind some of the youletide classic sounds

“Do You Hear What I Hear” by Ed Ames, formerly of the Ames Brothers, was written in October 1962, with lyrics by Noël Regney and music by Gloria Shayne Baker. They wrote it as a plea for peace during the Cuban Missile Crisis. It has sold tens of millions of copies and has been covered by hundreds of artists.

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BARRY LEVINE: Female singers don't quite get their due

THE OLD ROCKER: From 1955 through 1962, female solo singers enjoyed limited success

Only Connie Francis, Brenda Lee and Aretha Franklin, who had their first Top 40 hits during that span, had long, distinguished careers.

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BARRY LEVINE: Reflecting on holiday favorites

THE OLD ROCKER: It doesn't get much better than Bing and Nat at the holidays

Here is a list of my holiday favorites certain to be heard during this Christmas season.


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