Music: Christmas with Spikes On

Along with Silent Night, Holy Night and 0 Little Town of Bethlehem, the U.S. last week was hearing a new kind of Christmas carol—the daffy, bell-ringing, horn-honking, falsetto-voiced Spike Jones kind. Out only six weeks, a new record by Spike Jones & his City Slickers (recorded in 1947, before the Petrillo ban) was already sixth on the hit parade. Its title: All I Want for Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth).

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