12/24/14

In somewhat of a countdown fashion, HERC will be featuring a different Casey Kasem Christmas show or countdown each day from now until December 25th, in reverse chronological order, starting with the most recent and ending with the very first American Top 40 Christmas countdown from 1971.
"Hi. Merry Christmas everybody and welcome to American Top 40. I'm Casey Kasem and we'd like to welcome you in fact to a very special AT40 countdown."
Day 2 of the 12 Days Of Casey is an episode of American Top 40, featuring the first half of Casey's very first "All-Time Christmas Countdown" of the Top 40 Christmas Songs.  This holiday countdown originally aired on Christmas Day 1971 but thanks to Premiere Networks, HERC has heard a replay of that show.  On the original broadcast, Casey gave listeners the details on a mail-in offer to get the Special Christmas Top 40 countdown list, as well as the 1971 Year End Countdown list (which he would count down the following week, the first week of 1972) and a groovy American Top 40 poster for their walls.  Another interesting thing about this particular show is the producers chose to play alternate versions of the charted songs instead of the more popular charted versions.  Other than that, as the Hideaway's unofficial AT40 Archivist and Guru noted:
Only three songs from the 1971 countdown failed to make the cut in 1973: “If Everyday Was Like Christmas” by Elvis, “Santo Natale” by David Whitfield, and “Christmas Dragnet” by Stan Freberg. They were replaced by “Lonesome Christmas” by Lowell Fulson, “Marshmallow World” by Bing Crosby, and “Merry Christmas Darling” by the Carpenters. (David Whitfield was a British singer with an operatic tenor voice, and “Santo Natale” was a hit at Christmas 1954. Lowell Fulson’s “Lonesome Christmas,” which dates back to 1950, is as far opposite “Santo Natale” as you can get on this planet.)
So it's Christmas Deja Vu all over again.
(1973 chart positions are listed in red on chart below.  Green still means unavailable via Spotify.)  

#titleartistyear1973
40If Every Day Was Like ChristmasElvis Presley1966-
39Merry Christmas PolkaAndrews Sisters195035
38Santa Claus Is Watching YouRay Stevens196238
37The Happy ReindeerDancer, Prancer and Nervous195940
36Little Altar BoyVic Dana196136
35Santa and the Satellite (Parts I and II)Buchanan and Goodman195737
34Santo NataleDavid Whitfield1954-
33Baby's First ChristmasConnie Francis196134
32Little Saint NickBeach Boys196333
31Snoopy's ChristmasThe Royal Guardsmen196731
30Pretty PaperRoy Orbison196330
29Christmas DragnetStan Freberg1953-
28Mary's Boy ChildHarry Belafonte195628
27Santa BabyEartha Kitt195329
26I Yust Go Nuts At ChristmasYogi Yorgesson194927
25It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like ChristmasPerry Como195126
24Home For The HolidaysPerry Como195425
23Christmas In KilarneyDennis Day195024
22Merry Christmas BabyCharles Brown194821
21All I Want For Chirtsmas Is My Two Front TeethSpike Jones194822

The pinch-hitters heard on the air were: 

Tune in tomorrow for Day 1 (the final day) of the 12 Days Of Casey for the second half of today's episode.  With HERC SR, HERC's Mom and all them visiting, The Hideaway will be dark until Friday, January 2nd, when we return with (what else but) an episode of America's Top 10.

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