Watch: Vince Vance sing "All I want for Christmas is you" for Scoot

December 16, 2018 - 2:58 pm

It is traditionally one of the hottest Christmas songs on radio stations and personal Christmas playlists all over America this time of year.  The song is “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” but not the Mariah Carey song by the same name, which hit a new level of popularity when it was used as the song in the closing scene in the holiday movie classic, “Love Actually.”  Mariah Carey’s song by that name was released in 1994, but the original song named “All I Want For Christmas Is You” was written by legendary singer-songwriter and performer Vince Vance from the popular New Orleans band named Vince Vance & The Valiants.  Vince Vance’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” was released in 1989.  Mariah Carey did not cover Vince Vances’ the song by that name - the songs are distinctively different.

“All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Vince Vance was originally released as a country Christmas ballad and over the years has consistently reached the playlists of country music radio station across the America and the popularity of the song has led to its inclusion to the playlists of many adult contemporary pop rock stations.

The message in “All I Want For Christmas Is You” is as direct as the title of the song.  Vince Vance performed the classic hit during a Christmas concert at the “Miracle on Fulton Street” holiday display across from Harrah’s Casino in downtown New Orleans Saturday night, December 15.

Never one to go unnoticed, Vince Vance literally dressed as a Christmas tree for his conversation with Scoot at the site of Saturday’s Christmas concert in New Orleans.  During the interview, Vince sang his Christmas tree song and at the end of the interview one of the Valiantettes performed part of “All I Want For Christmas Is You” for Scoot and the audience.

Vince Vance has performed all across the United States and in countries around the world.  Vince has released 20 albums, with a new album carrying a Mardi Gras theme to be released in February, 2019 during the Mardi Gras season in New Orleans.  He has also had three #1 hits. 

At one point in 1980 during the ongoing Iran Hostage Crisis that gripped America, Vince Vance & The Valiants wrote and released “Bomb Iran,” which was a novelty song to the tune of “Barbara Ann” by The Beach Boys. 

The idea of bombing Iran reflected the deep frustration of many Americans, who felt helpless as the rogue nation held fifty-two American diplomats and citizens hostage for 444 days.  At one point in 1980, Billboard Magazine declared that “Bomb Iran” was the “most requested song in America.”

When Vince Vance stepped into the shot at the beginning of the interview, Scoot gave Vince a hug and since he was dressed as a Christmas tree Vince noted that Scoot was a “tree hugger.”  Scoot said that wouldn’t surprise many people.

There is no limit to the colorful words that can be used to describe Vince Vance and many of those words will come to mind as you view the interview with Scoot and Vince Vance dressed as a Christmas tree!

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