In the sweltering summer heat of 1960, legendary singer Patsy Cline’s thoughts were turned toward much cooler days. The country diva was in a holiday mood and wanted to record a Christmas song to add to her growing repertoire.
She felt the best songwriters for the job were Lawton Jiles and Buster Beam, who had written her Top-10 hit “Let The Teardrops Fall.” The team went to work immediately and penned “Christmas Without You.”
Patsy Cline’s Lost Christmas Classic Released On Star Creek Records Patsy Cline’s Lost Christmas Classic Released On Star Creek Records
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Patsy went crazy for it and took it to her record label representatives. They loved it too, but had other ideas for the catchy tune. At the time, they were looking for Patsy’s next single. They thought the melody of the Jiles-Beam creation had hit potential. So they asked the writers if they would pen new lyrics for the song with a non-holiday theme.
Jiles and Beam quickly came up with new words and the title “How Can I Face Tomorrow?” The song was released within a few weeks, but despite heavy television and radio promotion, it only made a modest showing on the Cashbox Country Charts.
“I’ve always believed if Patsy would have recorded ‘Christmas Without You’ it would have become a holiday standard,” said Jiles. “It’s the kind of Christmas song you hear once and want to sing along. It’s very simple, but the simple songs are usually the ones people love the most.”
Jiles said he and Patsy were extremely disappointed “Christmas Without You” wasn’t recorded in its original form. He hoped another artist would record it someday.
Over fifty years later, Jiles finally got his wish. Patsy’s lost Christmas classic has been recorded and released for the world to enjoy, courtesy of award-winning, Grammy-balloted Star Creek Records’ recording artist Luanne Hunt. Hunt’s rendition of “Christmas Without You” will bring a tear to the eye of every Patsy Cline fan, reminding them of how much she wanted to give them a musical gift for the holidays.
“I’ll never forget the day I recorded it,” said Hunt. “I was standing there at the studio mic hoping that Patsy was smiling down on me. I know her version would have been phenomenal, but I hope her fans will accept my recording and see it mostly as a tribute to one of the greatest country artists there ever was or ever will be.”
“Christmas Without You” was produced by Eric Uglum (Alison Krauss, Ron Block, Ralph Stanley, Cherryholmes and Nickel Creek). It features an impressive twin-fiddle performance by 18-year-old sensation Christian Ward, who has shared the stage with Ricky Skaggs and tours with Rounder Records artist Sierra Hull. Also on the single are Austin Ward (upright bass), Roger Gillespie (drums), Hal Ratliff (keyboards) and Uglum (guitar, mandolin and harmony vocals).
“I got a rush when I first heard Luanne’s recording of ‘Christmas Without You,’” said Jiles. “The song’s been in my head for years and to hear it done the way I always envisioned it is very exciting. It’s a perfect blend of the traditional and the contemporary.”
“Christmas Without You” is included on Hunt’s six-song holiday EP, “How Christmas Feels To Me.” To hear more tracks from the EP or to purchase your copy, go to http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/luannehunt12 or www.luannehunt.com.
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Already for 53 years, the Eurovision Song Contest is Europe’s favorite TV show. After more than five decades featuring some 1,100 songs, the contest has become a modern classic, strongly embedded into Europe’s collective mind. Read on to find out how it all started over half a century ago…
After 53 years, the database with Eurovision Song Contest facts and figures, stories and anecdotes is huge! A true, die-hard fan knows how many points Luxembourg got in 1980 (56), who came last in 1972 (Malta, with 48 points) and how many times the Netherlands got 12 points in 1996 (once, from Austria). Because no one can expect you to become a living Eurovision Song Contest encyclopedia, Eurovision.tv takes you through the contest’s history in fast forward. It’s all you need to know before you dive into the rich history of the Eurovision Song Contest…
How it all begun
Did you know that not only stars like ABBA, Celine Dion, Cliff Richard and Julio Iglesias took part, but also dance act Riverdance thanks its fame to the Eurovision Song Contest? The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) was formed on 12th February 1950 by 23 broadcasting organisations from Europe and the Mediterranean at a conference in Devon, United Kingdom. It was on the 6th of June, 1954, that Montreux became the venue for the first transmission by the EBU’s Eurovision Network of the Narcissus Festival and its flower-bedecked procession floats. The first Eurovision viewers eagerly watched on four million television sets in homes, bars, and shop windows in Germany, Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland.
In 1955, the EBU came up with the idea of an international song contest whereby countries, represeted by their respective public broadcasters, would participate in one television show, to be transmitted simultaneously in all represented nations. This was conceived during a meeting in Monaco in 1955 by Marcel Bezençon, a Frenchman working for the EBU. The competition was based upon the Italian Festival di Sanremo, held for the first time in 1951, and was also seen as a technological experiment in live television: In those days, it was a very ambitious project to join many countries together in a wide-area international network. Satellite television did not exist yet at that time, and the Eurovision Network comprised a terrestrial microwave network. Le Grand-Prix Eurovision de la Chanson Européenne was born!
Without interruption, the Eurovision Song Contest has been broadcast every year since 1956, which makes it one of the longest-running television programmes in the world. In 2003, the first ever Junior Eurovision Song Contest took place, while the Eurovision Song Contest celebrated her 50th anniversity 2005. Viewers picked ABBA’s Waterloo as best ever Eurovision Song Contest song. In 2007, Europe could see the first ever Eurovision Dance Contest.
The 2008 running saw a record of 43 represented countries, as Azerbaijan and San Marino joined the family. The competition has been broadcast throughout Europe, but also in Australia, Canada, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Jordan, Korea, New Zealand and the United States, even though these countries do not participate. In 2009, an Asian version of the Eurovision Song Contest is expected to be launched.