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I'll Be Home For Christmas
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White Christmas
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Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
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I Love The Winter Weather
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The First Noel
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All I Want For Christmas Is You
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Christmas Time Is Here
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Christmasland
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O Christmas Tree
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Silver Bells
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The Christmas Waltz
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Angels We Have Heard On High
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I Love the Winter Weather / I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
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My Favorite Things
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Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
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Snowfall
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The Christmas Song
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We Wish You a Merry Christmas / Silent Night / O Come All You Faithful / Jingle Bells / Where Is Love?
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Tony Bennett, Bill Evans - A Child Is Born
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Tony Bennett, Antonia Bennett - I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
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Winter Wonderland
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Vanessa Williams, Plácido Domingo, Tony Bennett - Our Favorite Things
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The Christmas Song
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Tony Bennett, Vanessa Williams - White Christmas
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Factfile - Tony Bennett
  • Snowfall: The Tony Bennett Christmas Album peaked at #10 on the US Albums chart on its release in 1968.
  • His 1998 childrens album Playground had a hidden track: It's Christmas In Herald Square.
  • In 2001 he performed with Vanessa Williams, Plácido Domingo and Charlotte Church at a Chirstmas concert in Vienna, released as Our Favorite Things.
  • In 2002 he recorded an album with the London Symphony Orchestra: Christmas With Tony Bennett which had a limited released through Hallmark shops.
  • A Christmas Love Song first appeared on a limited edition cd of The Art Of Romance in 2004, it would reappear 4 years later on A Swingin' Christmas as All I Want for Christmas Is You.
  • A Swingin' Christmas (2008) featured The Count Basie Big Band and also a duet (I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm) with his daughter Antonia. The album topped the Jazz Album chart of the year in the US and received a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.

For a performer who had been scoring hits in the charts since the early 1950’s it comes as some surprise to discover that much of Tony Bennett's Christmas repertoire was recorded and released in the new century. That said his 1968 album ‘Snowfall: The Tony Bennett Christmas Album’ is as classic as they come. Recorded with the help of arranger Robert Farnon this was a gift for the aural senses. For the most part ‘Snowfall’ moves along expected lines with Bennett’s smooth vocals making light work of such standards as ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’, ‘White Christmas’ and ‘Winter Wonderland’. The arrangements are bright and inventive and add a certain dash to Bennett’s already cool delivery. So while ‘The Christmas Song’ was never going to eclipse the original it is still a sumptuous foray into the season. ‘Snowfall’ also pulls a few Christmas surprises amongst the usual fare. The title track is a relatively unknown 1941 song by Claude Thornhall and despite little in the lyrical department it effortlessly recreates the sense of falling snow. The real surprise is Robert Farnon’s composition ‘Christmasland’ however, which provides a moment of cherubic joy amongst the glitter and bluster of the bigger numbers.

Apart from a hidden track, ‘It's Christmas In Herald Square’, on his 1998 children’s album ‘The Playground’ and a cover of Billy Holiday’s ‘God Bless This Child’ in 1997 that would be it in the festive stakes for Tony Bennett in the 20th century. But the crooner would return to Christmas action with a bang in the noughties and he proved he had lost none of his charm when he was joined by Charlotte Church, Placido Domingo and Vanessa Williams for a collective live effort known as ‘Our Favourite Things’ in 2001 (also known as ‘Christmas In Vienna VII’). Although there were ensembles aplenty Bennett went solo on ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’ and ‘The Christmas’ with typical soothing results.

Don’t let the fact that Hallmark’s 2002 ‘Christmas with Tony Bennett and the London Symphony Orchestra’ was a limited release put you off as it can be picked up online with four of its best tracks would also later appear on the 2011 compilation ‘Tony Bennett – The Classic Christmas Album’. Emblazoned as you’d expect with glorious arrangements and classic soulful singing this is one album that recalls the great Christmas albums of yore. With 12 mature renditions of well-known Christmas songs such as ‘Good King Wenceslas’, ‘Deck the Halls’ and ‘O Christmas Tree’ it would make the perfect stocking filler.

Tony Bennett proved in 2008 that it was still possible to have ‘A Swingin’ Christmas’ 48 years after Ella Fitzgerald had promised the same thing on her own Christmas album. And although Bennett was an octogenarian he showed no signs of flagging with that indomitable Christmas spirit of his. This time he was joined by the legendary Count Basie Big Band to give the album the feel of an old time favourite. There were no surprises on the song choices but Bennett forever brings subtle nuances to his renditions of the standards. So ‘Silver Bells’ has an undeniable swing which when in other hands can be a tad slowcore. With plenty of piano touches it was perhaps inevitable that the great Vince Guaraldi number ‘Christmas Time Is Here’ would be rolled out one more time. And the quieter moments have their crowning achievement on a most minimalist of sign-offs on ‘O Christmas Tree’. It is tender, wholeheartedly without overegged production and a summation of the continued burning talent of Tony Bennett.

Snowflakes whisper
'Neath my window
Cov'ring trees misty white
Velvet breeze round my door step
Gently softly
Silent snowfall
Claude Thornhill, Snowfall
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Tony Bennett Christmas Album & Single Covers

Christmas In Vienna VII
Christmas With Tony Bennett
Snowfall The Tony Bennett Christmas Album
Tony Bennett A Christmas Love Song
Tony Bennett A Swingin Christmas
Tony Bennett The Classic Christmas Album
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