The voice of The Smithereens is an audiophile with a special love for vintage pop. No wonder the Riviera’s “Confessions of a Rock Star” singer remembers his older cousin handing down a 7-inch single of “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)” when he was 10.
“It was kind of new at the time, but it became an evergreen, a perennial like right away,” he notes. “It was just delightful for a child to hear that. I would listen to it all year round.”
Years later, when Capitol asked The Smithereens to record a Christmas track, he remembered the Cadillacs’ rollicking party take on “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer.” “I dug out the old single. We did our version but we stayed faithful to the Cadillacs’ original arrangement.”
Las Vegas performers share their favorite holiday songs
By Mike Weatherford, Las Vegas Review-Journal
December 16, 2011