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Archive for the month “December, 2012”


Ben KwellerBEN KWELLER (photo swiped from Google Search)

#3 — Jealous Girl by Ben Kweller


Bebe_Buell_by_David_ShankboneBEBE BUELL (photo swiped from Google search)

#2 — DEVIL YOU KNOW by Bebe Buell Band



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Happy New Year From Maryanne’s Jukebox!

Here are some of my favorite songs that were the back drop for ringing in the new year, over the years!

David Bowie – 1984

Prince 1999

Rock Around the Clock – Sex Pistols, Ten Pole Tudor on vocal

U-2 – New Year’s Day

Mairi Campbell and Dave Francis – Auld Lang Syne

Ella Fitzgerald “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve”

Merry Christmas From Maryanne’s Jukebox

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta (photo by Darlene Foster)

Photo of me by Darlene Foster

Last week before Christmas, I posted a bunch of songs meant for this Jukebox blog page, but accidentally posted it on my regular blog.

So if you’re not burnt on holiday music yet, please enjoy:

Happy Birthday Rick Nielsen, Cheap Trick

Rick_NielsenRick Nielson (photo swiped from Google Search)

Happy Birthday to Rick Nielson of Cheap Trick who turns 66 today!

I always loved Cheap Trick and was thrilled that I got to see them a few times, and have a great Cheap Trick story to tell!

The last time I saw them was at a night club in New Jersey in the 1990s. I was a lot younger, single and wearing an incredibly sexy purple rubber dress (any girl knows that rubber dresses really do justice to your figure!) In fact, when I went to the bathroom, another woman approached my date and asked him where I got my dress.

I was right in front of the stage and never realized how sexy Rick Nielson was until I saw him that close up. This particular night he had a super long goatee, braided, with a price tag on it! Weird, but sexy in a “who the fuck cares” sort of way.

Rick started throwing his guitar picks into the audience and then spotted me and tried to throw a pick down my cleavage. Needless to say, he succeeded and I still have that pick!

Here is one of my favorite Cheap Trick songs, the Christmas version:

Come On Christmas

Happy Birthday Keith Richards

Keith Richards

Good ‘ol Keith Richards was born on this day in 1943.

He’s always been my favorite Stone.

I saw the Stones in the late 1980s, but loved it even more when I saw Keith perform solo in the early 1990s at the Beacon Theater in NYC.

At the end of the show as I was leaving, I saw a bunch of young people hurdled together in the audience, near the back. Turned out, legendary Joe Strummer was there chatting with fans and signing autographs — in the back, like one of the boys — no VIP seat, no front row! I was thrilled to briefly meet the rock legend and get his autograph, which I still have.

See, this is why I love Keith so much — the type of people, even rock legends, he attracts are so down to earth!

And since Keith was born during the holiday season, here’s a fun Christmas tune by Keith:

Run Rudolph Run

In Memory of the Lives Lost in Connecticut, 12/14/12

ChildAngel.68172618RIP, little angels

Dedicating this beautiful song by Elvis Presley to the lives lost in yesterday’s tragedy, both children and teachers

I’ll Remember You

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

Jim MorrisonJim Morrison, born, Dec. 8, 1943 (died July 3, 1971)

John LennonJohn Lennon, died, Dec. 8, 1980 (born Oct. 9, 1940)

Today is a bittersweet coincidence in musical history. We celebrate the birthday of the late Jim Morrison; and reflect on the death of John Lennon. Two amazing artists who contributed so much greatness to the world of music.

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O Holy Night

Oh Holy Night

I remember the first time I heard O Holy Night as a little girl, on the Sonny & Cher Christmas special and it became one of my favorite Christmas songs. (And there are oh so many!)

I always love the dramatic “FALL ON YOUR KNEES” climax — I get such chills and tears fall from my eyes; a feeling shared with millions, I’m sure.

Here is Cher’s version:


And here are some other amazing versions of the song:

Lou Christie

Transiberian Orchestra

Mahalia Jackson

Johnny Mathis

Brian Setzer Orchestra

Christmas Wrapping

Christmas wrapping

Another one of my FAVORITE Christmas songs is Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses.

I remember the first time I heard it was in a nightclub called Aldo’s in New Jersey. It was the last song played and then the lights went on. Everyone was in a festive mood and some of us were still singing, “Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas” long after the lights went on and the music (and drinks) stopped.

Hooray for the Waitresses for creating some stellar Christmas magic for us new wave fans on the onset of rap music in 1981, hence the clever name “Christmas Wrapping” (rapping).


Christmas Wrapping

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