Proud Mary Keep on Rollin’

President Biden has hit the road and he’s a rollin’.
Let’s keep the steam pumpin with not one, not two but three wonderful versions of a Fearsome favorite, Proud Mary.

Broken Peach – Proud Mary – 2017

Tina Turner – Proud Mary – 2009 (49 years after she first charted a tune in 1960 and 38 years after she & Ike made their cover of this tune famous, she is 70 years old in this performance.)

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Proud Mary – 1969

Keep on rollin’ Joe. You are doing a good man’s work and we support you.

Slay Bells

We here at Fearsome Beard love our Drag Queens, and Manila Luzon never lets us down. She simply outdoes herself with her sickening version of Slay Bells!

Manila Luzon – Slay Bells – 2015

Damn she’s beautiful!

That Hippo Song

Long time Fearsome Beard readers pretty much expect this one to pop up somewhere in the Fearsome holiday play list. It’s a tradition as well as a favorite!

Take it away Gayla!

Gayla Peevey – I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas – 1953

Freeze Tag!

Andy Williams was very much part of growing up for this 1960s era child. His first Christmas album was released in 1963 and featured his famous “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” which was written in 1963 by Edward Pola & George Wyle. It’s apparently written in triple time. Hearing it always brightens my day. May it brighten yours.

Andy Williams – It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year – 1963

As noted by the YouTuber who posted this video, this is the original album version dubbed over a later television performance. He did this as he wanted a video to go with the original recording as one did not exist. I commend him for his excellent creation.

Judy

What could be better than Judy Garland singing a Christmas tune? Judy & Liza singing one.

Jack Jones, Judy Garland & Liza Minnelli – Christmas Medley – Live on the Judy Garland Show 1963

Oh to be the whip cracker…

As a kid this tune, performed by the Boston Pops on dads stereo, meant Christmastime was fast approaching. Later in high school band practice, playing this tune meant it was only October as we had to prepare early. Both as a kid and a high schooler it was always a favorite. I do have to say that when actually performing in the high school band it was always a joy. It’s just plain fun.
Crack that whip!

The Boston Pops / John Williams – Sleigh Ride – Live

Upsot?

We’ve always adored Barbra Streisand’s incredible rendition of Jingle bells that she debuted on her 1967 Barbra Streisand | A Christmas Album. Over the years it’s been covered and lip synched by many. However we here at Fearsome Beard | The Blog Thingy, have decided that Babs Levine covers it the best of all with her fabulous lip synch re-creation.
Take it away Babs … and get us  …Upsot?

Babs Levine – (Barbra Streisand’s 1967) Jingle Bells – 2013

USAF Band WWII Holiday Flashback / Flashmob

The only surviving WWII vet that I know alive today is 95 years of age. His name is Harry and unfortunately he has recently been diagnosed with a terminal cancer. Very few of these veterans remain with us today. They truly remind us that good can and will overcome evil.

A few years ago the USAF band flash mobbed this fabulous holiday tribute to the heroes from that era commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of the war. I’ve posted it before and it’s worth another view. This year I dedicate it to Harry.

Harry thank you for being the inspiration you are to me and to many others. I’m blessed to have you in my life.

USAF Band – WWII Holiday Flashback – Live 2015