Can you spot XPN’s Helen Leicht in this vintage 90s performance of “Christmas on the Block”?

Block1Yesterday we kicked off the XPN Local 12 Days of Christmas with a free download of “Christmas on the Block” by Larry Saklad, a new rendition of the 1983 seasonal pop song by the late Philadelphia songwriter Alan Mann. In 1995, a group of Mann’s old bandmates and friends – Kenn Kweder, Buzz Larkin, Joseph Parsons and George Manney – appeared in a televised special to raise awareness for local hunger organization Philabundance, and if you look quickly, you might be able to spot XPN’s Helen Leicht in the crowd. Watch the video below.


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.