Hello, Vixens!!! Welcome back to the countdown.
Christmas trees made from stacks of books!!! (Original source unknown)
Today’s Christmas song is a duet first introduced to the world in the 1949 movie, “Neptune’s Daughter”. It starred Esther Williams, Ricardo Montalban (yes, Fantasy Island’s Mr. Rourke & Star Trek’s Khan), Betty Garrett (a/k/a Archie Bunker’s nemesis Irene Lorenzo, Laverne & Shirley’s landlady Edna Babish or Sarah a/k/a “Mrs. Caligula” on the Golden Girls Season 7 Episode 13 “Old Boyfriends”) and one of my favorite people in the world, Red Skelton. The four leads sang the version from the movie as two duets and it was magic.
After that, it was re-recorded over a dozen of times, and these are my top four faves:
Another 1949 version by Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Jordan: “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” (Just perfect!).
Louis Armstrong and Velma Middleton – “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” (This is from their nightclub act so the singing is peppered with jokes. It was recorded in the early to mid 1950’s & it is fabulous!).
Leon & Buddy in “Elf” (courtesy of New Line Cinema)
From 2003 – Will Ferrell & Zoey Daschanel (from “Elf”): “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” (This is a really nice version from the movie, but for the film’s soundtrack she sings this with Leon Redbone. In the movie he provides the voice of Leon The Snowman & as a bit of trivia, he sang the theme song to “Mr. Belverdere”).
From 2012 – Rufus Wainwright & Sharon Van Etten: “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” (This one has a nice easy piano bar kind of feel to it).
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What are some of your favorite Christmas songs?
Until next time, fellow Vixens, happy listening!!!