Friday, December 21, 2007

Merry Christmas from Bob Dylan's Coffee Table

"Jingle Bells", also known as "One Horse Open Sleigh", is one of the best known and commonly sung secular Christmas songs in the world. It was written by James Lord Pierpont (1822–1893) and copyrighted under the title 'One Horse Open Sleigh' on September 16, 1857. The song has been translated into many languages. The Singing Dogs version was originally created by Danish recording engineer Carl Weissmann. Awesome guitar solo added later.

Jingle Bells performed by the Singing Dogs
Words and Music by James Lord Pierpont

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Merle Travis, songwriter

Merle Robert Travis (November 29, 1917 – October 20, 1983) was an American country and western singer, songwriter, arranger, and musician born in Rosewood, Kentucky. "Travis picking", a style of guitar picking, is named after him. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970 and elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1977.

"Sixteen Tons" performed by Tennessee Ernie Ford
Words and Music by Merle Travis

"Dark as a Dungeon" performed by Jackie DeShannon
Words and Music by Merle Travis

"Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)" performed by Tex Williams
Words and Music by Merle Travis & Tex Williams

"Nine Pound Hammer" performed by Glen Campbell
Words and Music by Merle Travis