Smorgasbord Christmas Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Music to get you into the festive spirit

Welcome to the Christmas Breakfast Show which we hope you will enjoy. William Price King has selected three of his favourite festive tracks, and I have chosen three of mine.

Thank you for joining us today and I hope your preparations are going well for Christmas Day.. here are three festive songs I hope you will enjoy.

Jingle bells  –  Ella Fitzgerald 

“Jingle bells” was written by James Lord Pierpont and published under the title “The one horse open sleigh” in the autumn of 1857. Supposedly, it was originally written to be sung by a Sunday school choir, or as a drinking song but became associated with Christmas music in the 1860s and 1870s. It was initially featured in a variety of parlor song and college anthologies in the 1880s and was first recorded in 1889 on an Edison cylinder.

Carol of the bells  –  The Mormon Tabernacle Choir

This Carol was written in 1914 by the Ukrainian composer Mykola Leontovych with lyrics by Peter J. Wilhousky, and is based on the Ukrainian folk chant “Shchedryk.” It has been performed in many genres: classical, jazz, country, metal, rock, pop, and rap, and has been featured in films, television shows, and parodies

Nat King Cole  –  The Christmas Song 

“The Christmas Song” (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire as it is commonly called, or Merry Christmas to You, as it was originally subtitled) was penned by Mel Tormé and Robert Wells in 1945. According to Tormé, the song was written in July during a blistering hot summer in an effort to “stay cool by thinking cool.” The Nat King Cole Trio first recorded the song in June 1946, and this version was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1974

Now time for my selection and I hope you will be dancing and singing along to the songs.

Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You

“All I Want for Christmas Is You” is a Christmas song by American singer Mariah Carey. She co-wrote and co-produced it with Walter Afanasieff for her fourth studio album and first holiday album, Merry Christmas (1994). Columbia Records released it as the lead single from the album on October 29, 1994.

It is Carey’s biggest international success, topping the charts in twenty-six countries including Australia, Canada, France and Germany. In 2019, it topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time, 25 years after its original release, thus breaking several records, including the longest trip to number one. The following year, it also topped the charts in the United Kingdom for the first time, spending a record 69 weeks in its top 40 prior to reaching number one. Mariah Carey 

Leona Lewis – Just One More Sleep

“One More Sleep” is a song recorded by British singer Leona Lewis for her first Christmas album and fourth studio album, Christmas, with Love (2013). It was written by Lewis in collaboration with Richard “Biff” Stannard, Iain James, Jez Ashurst and Bradford Ellis, and produced by Richard “Biff” Stannard. It was released in the United States on 5 November, in Ireland and the United Kingdom on 29 November and many parts of Europe on 2 December. “One More Sleep” is recognised as one of the biggest recent Christmas songs in the UK according to the Official Charts Company. leonalewis 

Johnny Mathis – It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

“It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” is a Christmas song written in 1951 by Meredith Willson. The song was originally titled “It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas”. The song has been recorded by many artists, but was a hit for Perry Como and The Fontane Sisters with Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra and Bing Crosby recorded a version on October 1, 1951, which was also widely played. This version by Johnny Mathis is one of my favourites.

Additional sources: Wikipedia 

Your Hosts for The Breakfast Show

William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.

His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.

While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.

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Sally Cronin is an author, blogger and broadcaster who enjoyed four years as part of the team on Onda Cero International’s English speaking morning show in Marbella and then for two years as a presenter on Expressfm the local radio station in Portsmouth. She co-presented two ‘Drive Time’ shows a week with Adrian Knight, hosted the live Thursday Afternoon Show and The Sunday Morning Show guests including musicians and authors. Following this she became Station Director for a local internet television station for two years, producing and presenting the daily news segment, outside broadcasts and co-presenting the Adrian and Sally chat show live on Friday evenings.

She and her husband David have now returned to Ireland where they live on the Wexford Coast where she blogs and continues to write books.

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We hope you will tune in next Tuesday for the first part of hits from 1985 as always we love to hear from you.. thanks William and Sally.

Sally’s Drive Time Playlist #Music to get your weekend started – Rhydian Roberts and Leona Lewis

Another week coming to a close and Friday’s seem to come around so quickly.. this week I thought I would share a couple of tracks that are very personal to me.

It is not often that David, my husband gets the visibility he deserves. He is a rock and when I thought that life was pretty dreadful in my late 20s, he came along and quietly showed me that it wasn’t.

I am not part of any organised religion, but I do think I am spiritual, with a belief that there is far more to this world than we, as mere humans, understand. We often talk about guardian angels, but sometimes fail to recognise those who walk beside us every day, being a rock, a friend and who continue to love us through good times and bad, deserve to carry that title too.

These two tracks are on my slower playlist and I will listen to these songs when I am strolling in sunshine (or even on a grey day) by the sea… just taking it all in, or simply sitting quietly away from the bustle of the Internet. They both reflect the love and support I have been so blessed to receive by meeting and marrying David 38 years ago.

Bridge over Troubled Water” by Simon &Garfunkel became their biggest hit single and probably the one out of so many iconic songs, to be their signature song. It was first released on the album of the same name in 1970 and was #1 on the Top 100 chart for six weeks. It is ranked as one of the most performed songs in the 20th Century and has been covered by over 50 other artists. Winner of five Grammy Awards in 1971 including for Record and Song of the Year… as well as overall selling more than six million copies worldwide.

This version of the song is by Rhydian Roberts who wowed audiences during the 2007 X-Factor in the UK. He has an incredible voice and ranks up there for me with the top tenors.

“Rhydian Roberts is a classically trained singer whose eponymous debut album went double platinum. His second, ‘O Fortuna’, was nominated for a Classic BRIT Award and his fifth album, ‘One Day Like This’ was No 1 in the Official Classical Charts for 10 consecutive weeks, becoming one of the highest selling classical albums of 2014!

Such is his versatility that his repertoire draws on every genre and style. He has become known for the power and sensitivity of his voice, for his passion which captivates and for performances so entrancing that he regularly leaves his audiences on their feet wanting more.

Rhydian has carved out a successful career both as a recording artist and in Musical Theatre. Today he continues to make appearances across the country demonstrating just what it was that captured the hearts of a nation in 2007 when he appeared on the X Factor”.

Rhydian is beginning a UK tour beginning on 28th May and if you can find if he will be at a venue close to you here:

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The second song is also by an X-Factor favourite and winner Leona Lewis – “Footprints in the Sand”…written for her debut album Spirit in 2007 by Simon Cowell, David Kreuger, Per Magnusson and Richard Page.

Leona Lewis stood out from the crowd from her very first audition for the X-Factor UK in 2006 and went on to win the series. She was born and raised in London and attended the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology. She won a recording contract with Syco Music and following her #1 hit, the cover of Kelly Clarkson’s “A Moment Like This” went on to  sign a 5 album contract in the US with J Records Label.

Her 2007 album Spirit went 10x Platinum in the UK and became the 4th best selling album of the 2000s. The lead single “Bleeding Love” spent 7 weeks and #1. Since then she has become the second best-selling act behind One Direction to have graduated from the X-Factor stable of winners and has sold 20 million records worldwide and won numerous awards. In 2016, she made her Broadway debut in the revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats”.


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Thank you for dropping in today and I would love you to share that ‘special’ song that is a tribute to someone you love. Thanks Sally