"Indeed, the first patient chart is that of Fanny Bright, an 89-year-old woman from Major Manor Care, who has a history of vomiting blood. Fanny seems cheerful and a little confused."
- It's amazing what you can find on Google, and she's still not a real person.
Presenting my second Christmas Carol Playlist - namely, Jingle Bells. Thirty-six different versions. I've come up with just about every imaginable style (except for wobbleboard). I'll link to legally streamable sources wherever possible.
- We'll start with an orchestral version: The Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra
- The quintessentially American from Bing Crosby and Ella Fitzgerald
- Frank Sinatra
- Rosemary Clooney
- Nat King Cole
- and a choral rendition from the St Finian's Caroling Choir
- The Australian flag is flown by two iconic kids groups: Hi-5
- and The Wiggles
- A really wonderful jazz version from Houston Person and Etta Jones
- and a truly sultry rendition by Lisa Loeb
- Let's swing: Glenn Miller
- Benny Carter and His Swing Band
- Denver and the Mile High Orchestra
- a neat British blues version from Peter Green and the Men In Blue
- The Bombay Dub Orchestra
have given us a great mix based on some groovy Joe Williams vocals
- Down the country road with: Merle Haggard
- Donna Fargo
- Reverend Horton Heat
- and Southern Scratch
- a self-explanatory version from the Dixieland Ramblers
- a polka from Harry Fontenot off a compliation album called Merry Cajun Christmas (Volumes I And II)
- The animal version, or at least, the amphibian: Bermuda Tree Frogs
- The Jordanaires
- Elvis' backing group at one time, and sounding darn like His Pelvicness here
- An elevator music version by Jack Nitschke from the soundtrack of One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
- and the New-Age Japanese version from Kitaro
- It's worth noting that the original melody from Pierpoint's "One Horse Open Sleigh" days is slightly different from that we know and love now. Project Gutenberg has an automated rendition of that version in various formats (go straight to the MP3 link),
- while Wikipedia gives us (in ogg vorbis) a version that I could only describe as the Stephen Hawking Mix
- Spanish language versions from Navidades Antillanas
- and, under the title of "Cascabel", one from a compilation album entitled It's A Cuban Christmas
- The obligatory ringtone version:
- while the United States Navy Band gives us (I kid you not) "Duelling Jingle Bells"
- And on the more subversive level: Barenaked Ladies
- Crash Test Dummies
- and Mojo Nixon and the Toadliquors - which is not quite what you might think
- a glorious Yiddish version from The Klezmonauts (and more about them in a later playlist)
- Finally, from his five-CD box set of Christmas songs, the mercurial Sufjan Stevens
thumps the ivories for 36 seconds.
I have a few other versions in my possession that are just too bland or boring. If I get the chance before Christmas I'll refine this list down to ten or twenty.