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Holidays On Film

Afterglow gets into the seasonal spirit with holiday songs in the movies and on TV, featuring Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Fred Astaire and others.

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White Christmas

Photo: Movie still from HOLIDAY INN

Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" was introduced by Bing Crosby in the 1942 movie HOLIDAY INN.

“Holidays on Film” takes a look at seasonal song in the movies and on TV specials, with music from Meet Me in St. Louis, White Christmas, Holiday Inn, Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol, Scrooge, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Lemon Drop Kid and more, performed by Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Fred Astaire and others.

Music Heard On This Episode

Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
Fred Astaire — Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town and Frosty the Snowman (Rhino/WEA, 2002)
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Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
Fred Astaire — Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town and Frosty the Snowman (Rhino/WEA, 2002)
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Merry Christmas
Judy Garland — Summer Stock/In the Good Old Summertime (Rhino Handmade, 2001)
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Happy Holiday
Bing Crosby — The Voice of Christmas: the Complete Decca Christmas Songbook (MCA, 1998)
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White Christmas
Bing Crosby — The Voice of Christmas: the Complete Decca Christmas Songbook (MCA, 1998)
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Snow
Bing Crosby/Danny Kaye/Peggy Lee — The Voice of Christmas: the Complete Decca Christmas Songbook (MCA, 1998)
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Christmas
Doris Day/Gordon McRae — On Moonlight Bay (movie)
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Silver Bells
Bob Hope/Marilyn Maxwell — The Lemon Drop Kid (movie)
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My Little Drum
Vince Guaraldi — A Charlie Brown Christmas (Fantasy, 2006)
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Christmas Is Coming
Vince Guaraldi — A Charlie Brown Christmas (Fantasy, 2006)
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You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
Thurl Ravenscroft — How the Grinch Stole Christmas/Horton Hears a Who (Rhino/WEA, 1999)
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Thank You Very Much
Albert Finney/Anton Rodgers — Scrooge (movie)
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Winter Was Warm
Jane Kean — Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol (TV show)
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The Ballad of Barbara Allen
Cast — A Christmas Carol (movie)
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Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Judy Garland — Complete Decca Masters Plus (MCA, 1994)
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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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