What makes a song last? Join host Philip Furia for an enduring body of holiday songs, performed generation after generation by musicians and singers in styles that range from jazz to blues, rock to country. Hear the stories behind the songs, and hear familiar artists singing them. The program shows how The Great American Songbook came into being during the first half of the 20th-century through the interplay of the sheet-music publishing industry known as "Tin Pan Alley," the Broadway musical, the emergence of radio in the 1920s, the advent of sound movies, the creation of a jazz repertoire, and developments in the recording industry.
Part One: We explore the beginnings of popular Christmas songs, including Winter Wonderland, The Christmas Song, and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Part Two: WWII Christmas songs, including "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", "I'll Be Home for Christmas", and "Let It Snow"
Part Three: Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" and Coots and Gillespie's "Santa Claus is Coming to Town"