A Hometown Holiday

WLTL 88.1 FM brought back a holiday tradition. First aired on AM 1530 WJJG “A Hometown Christmas” was heard between 1995-2010, playing the Christmas hits from the golden age of top 40. After a one-year hiatus, “A Hometown Holiday” continued the tradition from sunrise to sunset on WLTL Christmas Day 2012. Hosted by Mike Baker And The Forgotten 45s, the holiday special included forgotten hits of the season and one hit wonders of Christmas (see the list below).

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A Hometown Holiday with Mike Baker And The Forgotten 45s

Christmas one hit wonders
Artists and/or groups who’s only hit single is of the Christmas genre (1948-1989)

Art Carney, “Santa and the Doodle-Le-Boop” (1954)
Augie Rios, “Donde Esta Santa Claus?” (1958)
Band Aid, “Do They Know It’s Christmas” (1984)
Becky Lamb, “Little Becky’s Christmas Wish” (1967)
Cary Grant, “Christmas Lullaby” (1967)
Dancer, Prancer and Nervous, “The Happy Reindeer” (1959)
Derrik Roberts, “There Won’t Be Any Snow (Christmas in the Jungle)” (1965)
Elmo & Patsy, “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” (1983)
Felix Gross and His Orchestra, “Love for Christmas” (1949)
Four Coachmen, “Wintertime” (1959)
Harry Harrison, “May You Always” (1965)
Harvie June Van, “Natividad” (1967)
Jack Halloran Singers, “The Little Drummer Boy” (1962)
Joe Ward, “Nuttin’ for Xmas” (1955)
Johnny Kaye, “A Christmas Love” (1963)
Lise Miller, “Love Is” (1967)
Melodeers, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” (1960)
Michael Holm, “When a Child Is Born” (1974)
Milton Cross, “The Night Before Christmas” (1948)
Moonlion, “The Little Drummer Boy” (1976)
Ricky Zahnd and the Blue Jeaners, “(I’m Gettin’) Nuttin’ for Christmas” (1955)
Sister Janet Mead, “The Lord’s Prayer” (1974)
Vonnair Sisters, “Goodbye to Toyland” (1962)
Yogi Yorgesson, “I Yust Go Nuts at Christmas” b/w “Yingle Bells” (1949)

Harry Harrison was born in Chicago.
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer was born in Chicago (1939)/Montgomery Ward
Yogi Yorgesson charted both sides of his Capitol F781 45rpm single





  • “Holidays chock-full of one-hit wonders” by Jerry Osborne/Chicago Sun-Times
  • Joel Whitburn Presents Billboard Christmas in the Charts (1920-2004) [Record Research]
  • Joel Whitburn’s Pop Memories 1890-1954 [Record Research]
  • Joel Whitburn’s Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 [Record Research]



One hit wonders of the Christmas holiday season



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