Great Christmas songs (Part 1)


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This info below from Wikipedia:

Band Aid was a charity supergroup featuring British and Irish musicians and recording artists.[1][2] It was founded in 1984 by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise money for famine relief inEthiopia by releasing the song “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” for the Christmas market that year. The single surpassed the hopes of the producers to become the Christmas number one on that release. Two subsequent re-recordings of the song to raise further money for charity also topped the charts. The original was produced by Midge Ure. The 12″ version was mixed by Trevor Horn.

The name ‘Band Aid’ was chosen as a pun on the name of a well known brand of adhesive bandage, also referring to musicians working as a band to provide aid and alluding to the fact that any help stemming from their efforts is likened to a band-aid on a very serious wound.

The group has formed on three occasions, each time from the most successful British and Irish pop music performers of the time, to record the same song at the same time of year.

[edit]Original Band-Aid

[edit]Chronology (1984)

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The original 1984 Feed The World logo was based on a pencil sketch by Bob Geldof after watching a BBC television news report by Michael Buerk from famine-stricken Ethiopia. Geldof was so moved by the plight of starving children that he decided to try to raise money using his contacts in pop music. Geldof enlisted the help of Midge Ure, from the group Ultravox, to help produce a charity record. Ure took Geldof’s lyrics, and created the melody and backing track for the record. Geldof called many of the most popular British and Irish performers of the time (Kool & The Gang and Jody Watley were the only Americans present at the original recording), persuading them to give their time free. His one criterion for selection was how famous they were, in order to maximise sales of the record. He then kept an appointment to appear on a show on BBC Radio 1, with Richard Skinner, but instead of promoting the newBoomtown Rats material as planned, he announced the plan for Band Aid. The recording studio gave Band Aid no more than 24 free hours to record and mix the record, on 25 November 1984. The recording took place at SARM Studios in Notting Hill between 11am and 7pm, and was filmed by director Nigel Dick to be released as the pop video though some basic tracks had been recorded the day before at Midge Ure’s home studio. The first tracks to be recorded were the group / choir choruses which were filmed by the international press. The footage was rushed to newsrooms where it aired while the remainder of the recording process continued. Later, drums by Phil Collins were recorded. The introduction of the song features a slowed down sample from a Tears for Fears‘ track called “The Hurting”, released in 1983. Tony Hadley, of Spandau Ballet, was the first to record his vocal, while a section sung by Status Quo was deemed unusable, and replaced with section comprising Paul WellerSting, and Glenn GregorySimon Le Bon from Duran Duran sang between contributions from George Michael and Sting. Paul Young has since admitted, in a documentary, that he knew his opening lines were written for David Bowie, who was not able to make the recording but made a contribution to the B-side (Bowie performed his lines at the Live Aid concert the following year). Boy George arrived last at 6pm, after Geldof woke him up by ‘phone to have him flown over from New York on Concorde to record his solo part. (At the time, Culture Club was in the middle of a US tour.)

The following morning, Geldof appeared on the Radio 1 breakfast show with Mike Read, to promote the record further and promise that every penny would go to the cause. This led to a stand-off with the British Government, who refused to waive the VAT on the sales of the single. Geldof made the headlines by publicly standing up to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcherand, sensing the strength of public feeling, the government backed down and donated the tax back to the charity.

The record was released on November 29, 1984, and went straight to No. 1 in the UK singles chart, outselling all the other records in the chart put together. It became the fastest- selling single of all time in the UK, selling a million copies in the first week alone. It stayed at No. 1 for five weeks, selling over three million copies and becoming easily the biggest-selling single of all time in the UK, thus beating the seven-year record held by Mull of Kintyre. It has since been surpassed by Elton John‘s “Candle in the Wind 1997” (his tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales) but it is likely to keep selling in different versions for many years to come.

After Live Aid, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” was re-released in late 1985 in a set that included a special-edition ‘picture disc’ version, modelled after the Live Aid logo with ‘Band’ in place of ‘Live’. An added bonus, “One Year On” (a statement from Geldof and Ure on the telephone) was available as a b-side. “One Year On” can also be found in transcript form in a booklet which was included in the DVD set of Live Aid, the first disc of which features the BBC news report, as well as the Band Aid video.

[edit]Participants

The original Band Aid ensemble consisted of (in sleeve order):

The sleeve artist, Peter Blake, was also credited on the sleeve.

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Another one of my favorite Christmas songs is below:

“COME ON RING THOSE BELLS” ~ featuring Evie Tornquist-Karlsson

Evie Tornquist Karlsson and her husband Pelle sing “United We Stand” On Billy Graham Crusade

Uploaded by on Apr 26, 2011

Evie Tornquist-Karlsson was Christian Music’s greatest sweetheart , she took the world by storm with her sweet angelic face & voice that touched everyone’s heart with her love for Jesus. She will forever be known as the girl who sang her songs for Jesus Christ. She was born 1957 in Rahway, New Jersey, professionally known as Evie, is a Contemporary Christian music singer who was known in the late 1970s and early 1980s for songs such as “Say I Do”, “My Tribute”, “Live For Jesus”, “Pass It On”, “Never The Same”, “Mirror”, “Born Again”, “Come On Ring Those Bells”, “Step Into The Sunshine” and “Four Feet Eleven”.

Born in the United States to Norwegian immigrants, Evie began her singing career as a young teenager while visiting her parents’ homeland. She released her English language debut album at the age of 16 in 1974, and went on to release more than 30 albums, including several in various Scandinavian languages. Evie was recognized as the Dove Award recipient of Female Vocalist of the Year for 1977 and 1978. She married Swedish pastor and musician Pelle Karlsson in 1979 and retired from performing music in 1981 to pursue other avenues of ministry, such as Sky Angel.

In the early 1980s Pelle and Evie Karlsson felt the Lord’s leading to join the “SKY ANGEL DOMINION NETWORK”. The Lord used them both in a might way for the Lord’s glory. While there, they recorded a few other albums. Evie and her husband has since left the SKY ANGEL NETWORK a number of years ago. Although Evie is “officially” retired from performing and doing concerts all the time on a regular basis since 1981 – she is still pursuing her music ministry with White Field Music, (owned by Pelle and Evie Karlsson) in Florida and very much involved in missions work with Back to Jerusalem. A vital, encouraging work. They also produce a wonderful outstanding 30 minute weekly series for Back To Jerusalem which can be viewed online. The weekly broadcast can be viewed her which is hosted by Pelle & Evie – http://www.backtojerusalem.com/video/latestBroadcast.html
All of the past episodes of the broadcast can be featured for downloading / viewing here –
http://www.backtojerusalem.com/btjPages/broadcast.html

Evie still does some concerts in Churches and in other venues and is also still on tour. She also tours to different venues with Rebecca St. James in a Mother and Daughter outreach series of programs they put on called, the “SHE” events. The SHE event tour with Evie for dates, and locations and more info please visit the SHE event tour dates – http://www.sheevent.com/events.html

Evie currently resides with her husband Pelle in Florida. Their two children, Kris and Jenny Karlsson are now out of high school. Jenny is already now very recently married and is a school teacher. Evie and her music is still loved today more then ever, and Evie albums are still being hunted down and collected by her fans. I had the wonderful privilege of having a very special invitation to a Concert that Evie was able to take part of, in September of 2005. Earlier, that year in February Evie was officially inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame on February 22, 2005. Some of Evie’s best selling LP’S include:

2008 – Jul med Evie (Nyutgivning på CD av LP-skivorna “Jul med Evie” från -74 “Julens
klockor ring” från -78)
— Christmas with Evie (republication of CDs of LPs “Christmas with Evie” from -74 and “Christmas bells ring” from -78)
2006 – Evie På Svenska – 15 Önskesånger
2006 – Evie In Swedish – 15 Wishful Songs
1998 Day by Day (Word UK)
1996 Songs for his family
1993*Exact date unknown- Evie’s Special Christmas Delivery Album
1989 Spirit Song (as Evie Karlsson – Cedited)
Maranatha! Singers, The – Praise 3 Album
1987 Christmas Memories
1986 When all is said and done
1985 Loving Promises – 2 LP Set
1984 Christmas a happy time
1983 Restoration
1983 Evie – Hymns
1982 Evie – PA SVENSKA VOL II
1981 – The Very Best Of Evie (WORD – Release Through Word Austerila with Endeavour)
1981 – Unfailing Love
1980 Teach us your way
1980 – Evie Favourites Vol 1
1979 Never the Same
1978 A little song for my little friends
1977 Come on ring those bells
1977 JULENS KLOCKOR, RING! (Come on ring those bells SWEDISH VERSION)
1977 – Mirror
1977 TILL MINA SMA VANNER (SWEDISH VERSION Little Song Of Joy For My Little Friends
1976 Gentle Moments
1975 FAVORITTER (1971-73) (ENGLISH/NORWEGIAN MIX)
1975 Evie Again (2 Release album covers) WORD
1975 Du skulle vara med i sången (1975 You would be part of the song)
1974 – Evie (1st American Release)
1973 – Jag kommer till dig (1973 – I come to you)
1972 – Evie på svenska (1972 – Evie in Swedish)
1971 Evie Sings Gospel
1971 Evie Synger
1970s Everything Is Beautiful
1970 A song for Everyone (First Album)

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