One of the most popular Philly Christmas songs is singer-songwriter Alan Mann’s “Christmas On The Block.” Written in 1982, Mann’s song became a staple on WMMR when it was first recorded and was the first independent video to be shown on MTV. Continue reading →
Nothing depicts a community’s holiday spirit like a massive sing-along to a local favorite. In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Philadelphians from all over town will gather to sing along to Alan Mann’s 1983 holiday song “Christmas On The Block” which was the first independent music video to air on MTV.
Organized by longtime local rocker Kenn Kweder, as well as George Manney, and Mann’s former pianist Larry Saklad, the event will take place at The Legendary Dobbs on South Street. In addition, a camera crew from Attention Films will be at the show to film the performance and interviews for a documentary, and the band will performed backed by projections of archival Alan Mann footage.
Get more details here, and look for a download of the song next week when Helen Leicht’s 12 Days of Philly Local Christmas begins.
Local musician Alan Mann was a part of the local scene from the mid-Seventies until his death in October 1987. Along with The Hooters, Tommy Conwell, Robert Hazard, Kenn Kweeder and others, Mann was a staple of the scene and in the mid-Eighties released the single “Christmas On The Block” which received a lot of airplay on WMMR. The video for the song (watch below) was also aired on MTV. Larry Saklad was a member of Mann’s Free Arts Band and recently re-recorded the song with Kweeder and Kim De Meo to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of the song. Download it below.