Christmas songwriter dies

Songwriter Donald Yetter Gardner, who wrote the international children's favorite All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth, died Wednesday. He was 91. Gardner died of complications from an operation after falling at his Needham home, said his son, Richard Yoder Gardner.
Gardner wrote the song in 1947 while teaching music at the Smithtown, N.Y. public schools. He was filling in for his wife, teaching a class of grade-schoolers, during the holiday season. He asked the class what they wanted for Christmas, and when they hissed and lisped their answers, he noticed that almost all of them had at least one front tooth missing, his son said.
The song has been recorded dozens of times by artists that cut across musical genres, including Spike Jones, George Strait and Mariah Carey. Gardner's favorite version was recorded by Nat King Cole, said another son, Jerry Yoder Gardner.
Gardner embraced the fame that the song brought him, but his talents went beyond one tune. He played many instruments, wrote church music, directed church choirs, and produced several community choruses and community musical events. He was a member of the Kiwanis and Exchange clubs and was elected into the American Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers.

(USA Today)

Saturday 18 September 2004
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Critical lambs (47,512) by Max from United Kingdom

I don't know what the fuss is about. if you love Mariah, this is the time you should be garning for her most as it is the memento she needs us most. I think the Elusive was written whilst she was going through a difficult time, It's A Wrap with Mary J says it all. I think she told Mary J about Nick. I love it.
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I am upset that her team released this video on Facebook of her doing whistle notes. No one doubted that MC could still do whistle notes. In fact, that's the one note I am pretty sure she can hit live, even if the rest of the performance is a backing track and she's lip syncing. Early in her career, MC said she didn't want the whistle register to b... read more
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MC should sing new songs in concerts, ot old songs (47,510) by jaker20 from US

New songs as in (1) songs on her current album, (2) songs that she can actually sing. She can't sing songs from the 90s anymore. It's a different time, different vocal abilities. I would rather hear her sing songs she can sing, than lip old "hits". During the concerts, people seem to dig her new songs too. And the reason is because they know it's l... read more
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