12/25/14

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 1 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 in addition to the more popular charted versions.  As a countdown extra, Casey played Bing Crosby's first Christmas hit, his version of "Silent Night" from 1935.

#titleartistyear1973
20I'll Be Home For ChristmasBing Crosby194320
19You're All I Want For ChristmasFrankie Laine194819
18Nuttin' For ChristmasBarry Gordon195518
17Rockin' Around The Christmas TreeBrenda Lee195816
16Please Come Home For ChristmasCharles Brown196013
15I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa ClausJimmy Boyd195217
14Here Comes Santa ClausGene Autry194715
13Sleigh RideLeroy Anderson194814
12Frosty The SnowmanGene Autry195012
11Jingle BellsBing Crosby19439
10The Chipmunk SongAlvin & the Chipmunks195811
9Blue ChristmasElvis Presely19578
8Santa Claus Is Coming To TownBing Crosby194210
7Winter WonderlandRay Coniff19597
6Silver BellsJimmy Wakely and Margaret Whiting19506
5Jingle Bell RockBobby Helms19575
4The Christmas SongNat "King" Cole19464
3The Little Drummer BoyHarry Simeone Chorale19583
2Rudolph The Red-Nosed RendeerGene Autry19492
1White ChristmasBing Crosby19421
Silent NightBing Crosby1935-

Alternate versions also heard on the countdown:

  • Ricky Zahnd with #18
  • Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans with #14
  • The Ronettes with #13
  • The Four Seasons with #8
  • Darlene Love with #7
  • Diana Ross and the Supremes with #6



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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