5 Classic Houston Christmas Records

3. Mickey Gilley, Christmas at Gilley's
Mickey Gilley will probably always be known best for Gilley's in Pasadena, the world's largest honky-tonk bar (which happened to bear his name). Locals still remember the night John Travolta arrived at Gilley's Club by helicopter to shoot scenes for Urban Cowboy. But much more than just a honky-tonk proprietor, Gilley was also once one of the biggest country stars in the world.

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.

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2. Kenny Rogers, Once Upon a Christmas

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.

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my fave is "Blue Lights" by Carolyn Wonderland...

Jeff Hill
Jeff Hill

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose... The Christmas Song!

WestSideBob topcommenter

My personal fave is a compilation LP released by Maurice "Crash" Collins in the mid-80s.  Now I'll have to dig thru the stacks-o-wax and find the disc.

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