5 Classic Houston Christmas Records

1. Willie Nelson, Pretty Paper
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We saved the best for last. Willie made more than one full-length studio Christmas album, but for our Christmas money, Pretty Paper remains the gold standard by which all Christmas albums must be judged. (Apologies to the original Alabama Christmas album.)

Most of the album is classic/standard Christmas songs sung in Willie's tender, spare style with minimal instrumentation, but the title track is a Willie original which he wrote for Roy Orbison in 1963. Roy's version reached No. 15 on the charts back then, and when it was released in 1979, Willie's album was a No. 11 hit on the country charts back when being No. 11 on the country charts meant something.

Jumping into Willie Nelson's discography of 66 studio albums (and counting) can be daunting, but Pretty Paper is typical of his best tendencies and a great way to get into his music.

One last reminder that Nelson plays tonight and tomorrow night at the Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston -- ed.

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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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