What are you doing New Year’s Eve?

That’s the question posed by the great songwriter Frank Loesser, who also wrote another holiday classic — “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”

We’ve seen plenty of New Year’s Eves, and we long ago left the crazy parties behind. We’ll leave Amateur Night to the amateurs.

The only time it’ll get anywhere close to wild for us is at midnight, when we’ll stick the fireworks in the snow and fire them off.

Just three questions for you, then.

Do you like your sexy, sophisticated New Year’s tune as a solo by one of America’s great female pop singers, served up in vintage nightclub style?

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“What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve,” Eydie Gorme, from “That Holiday Feeling!” Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, 1964. (Sorry, Steve sits this one out.)

Or as a sexy husband-and-wife duet, paying homage to that style?

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“What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve,” Brian Setzer and Julie Reiten, from “Dig That Crazy Christmas,” the Brian Setzer Orchestra, 2004.

Or as a sizzling, sax-driven instrumental with a style all its own?

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“What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve,” King Curtis, from “Soul Christmas,” 1968. (Recorded on Oct. 23, 1968, at Atlantic Studios in New York. That’s Duane Allman on guitar.)

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Filed under December 2008, Sounds

3 responses to “What are you doing New Year’s Eve?

  1. Nice stuff . . . I’d never heard the King Curtis version, not being one to purchase Christmas albums. I may have to go out and dig that one up . . . Thanks, and Happy New Year!

  2. My answer to all three questions has to be “yes”. :) If I *had* to choose a favourite. . . well, I’m just not sure I could. :) Thanks for the trio. Ooh, and happy new year!

  3. Jeff

    I know I’m a year late, but I would absolutely LOVE it if I could get these songs… Could you reup these songs again this year?

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