Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee 
Monday, 3 December, 2012, 12:17 - Singles Released Before 1960, Christmas Crackers
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rockin round the xmas treeContinuin' with the Christmas theme, this time it is the turn of that Holiday classic, Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree. Though many versions of the song have been recorded over the years, this particular artwork is taken from the 1957 version sung by Brenda Lee, which many consider to be the original. In this cover, we see Ms Lee herself in a green dress set against a green background - not particularly inventive as color schemes go. It is fair to say that she doesn't look as if she is particularly full of seasonal spirit. But perhaps in Georgia from where Ms Lee originates, wearing a pretty dress is as much as anyone can afford to do and the idea of Santa hats or elf outfits is beyond folks' everyday means.

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rockin round the xxmas treeIn the revised single cover we see two ladies who are most definitely filled with the spirit of the season. This is evident as they appear to be sat in front of a Christmas tree in only their bikinis, playing in the snow. Without a bit of seasonal spirit to help keep them warm, one would expect them to seek somewhere less chilly to have their photos taken. Red bikinis with white fur are often popular in December, especially in Canada where they are obligatory for all women who are both under the age of 25 and under 125 pounds in weight. This law was enacted in 1925 and is known locally as the 25-25-125 rule. Although now somewhat outmoded, it is still popular and has defied attempts by the modern day legislature to nullify it.

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(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - Elvis Presley 
Saturday, 1 December, 2012, 12:29 - Singles Released Before 1960
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teddy bear elvis presley 1(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear was a hit for Mr Elvis Presley in 1957 where it remained in the number 1 chart position for 7 weeks. The cover for the single features a happy and smiling Mr Presley holding up a teddy bear, with the clear intimation that Mr Presley himself is to be cuddled in the same fashion. Or perhaps it is meant to insinuate that Mr Presley is small and furry. Or that when he gets older he will become big and angry and attack tourists in the forests of Canada. As to the latter, we shall never know as sadly Mr Presley sadly passed away before he had a chance to move to Canada to live in the forest.

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teddy bear elvis presley 2Mr Presley would surely approve of the revised version. Be honest now, how many hot blooded males who live in Memphis, would not like to be this particular girl's teddy bear? Although, having said that, the way she seems to be dragging it along behind her perhaps indicates a little disrespect for her furry friend. Or perhaps she is is just very tired, and is on her way to bed and hasn't got the strength to carry him properly. It is clear that she is heading to the bedroom, as her outfit (or lack of it) would clearly be unsuitable for any other room of the house, or outdoors for that matter.

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Frosty The Snowman - Various Artists 
Monday, 19 November, 2012, 14:49 - Singles Released Before 1960, Christmas Crackers
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frosty the showmanNothing too rude to get us kicked off on the in the whole festive vibe, but in time for Christmas, here is an alternative remix of cover artwork for the single, Frosty The Snowman. The picture of the lady sitting on Frosty's knee used here was taken from the front cover of a magazine called 'Flirt' and is by the famous 50's pinup artist Peter Driben. There are several artists who have released Frosty The Snowman as a song but this album cover is aimed fairly and squarely at those pre-1960s versions such those belonging to Gene Autry (1950), Perry Como (1957) or Danny Kaye, in the days when pinups were as sexy as it got.

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