Three under the tree, Vol. 17

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Sorry, I just couldn’t resist.

Tonight’s three under the tree are tunes from albums with covers that are, shall we say, easy on the eyes. In each case, the cover girl is not the singer.

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“The Little Drummer Boy,” the Salsoul Orchestra, from “Christmas Jollies,” 1976. Anything off this album will get your party moving. This tune comes complete with congas.

This lovely young lady’s holiday outfit clearly is airbrushed onto her frame. Hmmm. The group’s next Christmas album, “Christmas Jollies II,” had the same image twice. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, apparently.

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“Frosty the Snowman,” Shirley Alston, from “Christmas Soul Special,” 1987. Alston — known as Shirley Owens when she was the lead singer of the Shirelles — steals the show on an album that also counts ’60s legends Mary Wells and Martha Reeves among its female singers.

This is a nice cover, but I wonder why they didn’t go with the more casual, less posed shot shown above. Maybe the shape of the image didn’t work with the words they needed to put on the cover.

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“I Want a Casting Couch for Christmas,” Kay Martin and Her Body Guards, from “I Know What He Wants for Christmas (But I Don’t Know How to Wrap It),” 1962. Out of print.

Need we explain? Any wonder it’s much in demand among collectors? (If you somehow missed Vol. 10, circle back to it for more about Kay Martin and three more under the tree from this album.)

Enjoy. More to come.

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