5 Classic Houston Christmas Records
3. Mickey Gilley, Christmas at Gilley's
We weren't old enough to have visited the original Gilley's, but listening to our favorite track from this album, "Honky Tonk Christmas," we like to hit ourselves over the head with a beer bottle and pretend we're there.
Kenny Rogers has the most full-length Christmas albums of any of these artists, which got us to thinking. He's certainly a jolly chap, with white hair, white beard and a curious preoccupation with Christmas. Could it be? Is he? Santa Claus?
Our favorite of his many Christmas albums is Once Upon a Christmas, his 1984 duet album with Dolly Parton. The album includes Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas," but sadly the cover art, in which Dolly seems to be dressed as Mrs. Claus, is the only unnatractive photo we've ever seen of her.