A smaller Christmas, Day 1

If AM, Then FM is known for nothing else, it may be for Christmas music at Christmas time. So it is again this year.

That said, a confession: My passion for Christmas music has waned since the “Three Under The Tree” series debuted five years ago.

There’s just so much Christmas music now. It starts so early, too.

So this year, here, less Christmas is more.

Starting today, you’ll find one Christmas song here every day until Christmas. We’ll take requests, as we always have. Perhaps we can fulfill your Christmas wish for that certain song. That would be nice.

At this time of year in 1970, I was 13 and digging all kinds of sounds on WOKY, the Mighty 92, out of Milwaukee. I eagerly waited for these tunes to pop up roughly once every three hours: the Guess Who’s “Share The Land,” Canned Heat’s “Let’s Work Together,” the Fifth Dimension’s “One Less Bell To Answer,” Sugarloaf’s “Green-Eyed Lady” and 100 Proof (Aged In Soul)’s “Somebody’s Been Sleeping.”

Then the WOKY jocks dropped an absolute bomb.

One night, there was “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” by the Jackson 5.

I had no idea there was that kind of Christmas music — pop, rock, R&B and soul versions of Christmas songs, all played only at a certain time of year.

So that’s how we’re playing it this year. Amid the cacaphony of the season, we’re dropping one song here each day. It may not be as electrifying as a young Michael Jackson was in 1970, but we hope you dig it anyway.


Originally found on “The Jackson 5 Christmas Album,” 1970. It’s out of print as such but was reissued on CD in 2009 as “Jackson 5 Ultimate Christmas Collection” with extra tracks. I have it on “A Motown Christmas,” a tremendous 1973 compilation that I’ve had since the late ’70s.

Your Christmas music requests in the comments, please.

Please visit our other blog, The Midnight Tracker, for more vintage vinyl, one side at a time.


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