The 12 Days of Local Christmas: “Christmas on the Block” by Larry Saklad

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It’s time once again for WXPN’s annual 12 Days Of Local Christmas, our holiday gift of song from artists in the local music scene. XPN mid-day and Philly Local host Helen Leicht reached out to a number of local musicians to write original holiday songs. Each weekday through Christmas we’ll be offering these songs to you for free, compliments of the bands to download. We’ll play them on WXPN for our My Morning Download feature with XPN’s Morning Show host Michaela Majoun in the 9AM ET hour and on Helen’s Philly Local pick of the day in the 1PM ET hour. Some of this year’s artists include Amos Lee, Creem Circus, Dana Alexandra and Lily Mae.

Today, we start the 12 Days with 1980s Philly scene vet Larry Saklad doing a rendition of “Christmas on the Block,” a 1983 single from Alan Mann and the Free Arts Band. Saklad was Mann’s piano player, and is involved in a 30th anniversary tribute to the single happening at The Legendary Dobbs on December 22nd. Download the song and watch the original 1983 music video below.