unknown song comments

Date Added: 6/14/2003
Added By: Mike Sadavoy
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From Mike, 6/14/2003 9:11:34 PM:

Not sure... But I have complete faith in the many specialists on this site... many of whom seem to know the songs better than the artists who originally recorded them. I leave it in your capable hands...

Probably early eighties... maybe Canadian...

Yes, you can't get more precise than that. Your help would be great in getting this GREAT song solved.


From michael, 6/29/2003 10:38:35 PM:

vocal sounds a lot like Chris DeBurgh doesn't it?

From Yet another Mike, 6/30/2003 2:36:13 PM:

That's "Computer One" by Dear Enemy (circa 1984) ... reminds me a lot of Strange Advance. This song was actually my song of the week a few months ago at the New Wave Outpost. Dear Enemy is from Australia. Here's the Oz Rock Encyclopedia entry on them:


From The first Mike, 6/30/2003 3:00:38 PM:

Mike, I owe you big. Thank you for finding the song for me. On a side note, I quickly checked out your site, and was really impressed. Keep up the great job, I have included it in my bookmarks.

Thanks again,

From Sue, 12/5/2003 2:14:24 PM:

I am trying to find a christmas song i don't know the name of it or the singer i know some of the lyrics they are church bells ringaling angels singaling happy birthday jesus another part is mama's song of christmas goes on and on.

From Mike Sadavoy, 12/5/2003 8:57:52 PM:

Hi Sue,

The song you are seeking is called "Happy Birthday, Jesus", by Etelle Levitt and Lee Pockriss. Here are the lyrics:

Katy got a dolly that cries and blinks its eyes;
Jimmy got an automatic plane that really flies.
But we were poor that Christmas, so
Momma stayed up all night long,
Sitting in the kitchen making us a present; it was this one:

Church bells ring-a-ling; angels sing-a-ling;
"Happy Birthday, Jesus."
Snowflakes ting-a-ling, sleigh bells jing-a-ling;
"Happy Birthday, Jesus."
All year long we wait just to celebrate this Christmas morn,
'Cause we want You to know we're so glad You were born.
Oh, have a merry, very Happy Birthday, Jesus.

Teddy bears get broken, and trains will rust away;
All the fancy playthings seem to fall apart one day.
But I was very lucky, when ev'rybody's gift was gone,
I still had my present; Momma's song of Christmas lived on and on;

Church bells ring-a-ling; angels sing-a-ling;
"Happy Birthday, Jesus."
Snowflakes tin

From Karl, 12/19/2003 8:43:55 AM:

Would really appreciate if you could point me in the right direction to download the whole song "computer one" by dear enemy as it doesn't appear to be available at any retail outlet

From Mike Sadavoy, 12/20/2003 6:42:29 PM:

Send me your email... I can send it over you

From Karl, 12/27/2003 10:04:26 AM:

Mike,please send "Computer one" to radford@hwy54.com.au

Many thanks

From berha ewing, 7/31/2004 10:15:44 AM:

i would like to know if i could get permission to use any of the christmas song for a cd that i want to make and please let me know

From Jeff Schlade, 10/4/2004 7:13:40 PM:

"Happy Birthday Jesus" is the name, and the lyrics are widely available on line, but can anyone point me in the direction of the recorded version of this song that was popular on WJR 760AM in Detroit in the 1980s? Who recorded it?

From Janice K, 12/4/2004 6:47:57 AM:

Good question Jeff. I'm looking for the same thing. I can find the lyrics, but would like to find a recording. This was a favorite of my late father-in-law. My mother-in-law brought it up recently - we had completely forgotten about it. Maybe a contact with WJR might prove successful. I recall JP McCarthy playing it!

From Chris A, 12/9/2004 5:52:31 PM:

Has anyone had any luck finding the recording of "Happy Birthday Jesus"?

From Jeremy, 12/10/2004 5:24:18 PM:

I am looking for a Christmas song as well......some of the Lyrics are.......men will live for ever more because of Christmas Day......Its a pretty upbeat song.....please help.

From Jessica, 12/22/2004 1:58:45 AM:

i too am looking for a recording of happy birthday jesus. my 4th grade teacher taught it to my entire elementary a long time ago. for some reason that song and the movie the best christmas pageant ever popped into my head this past week. i found the movie now if only i could find a recordidng of that song.

From Jolanta, 1/5/2005 11:23:44 PM:

If anyone has been able to find this recording, please let me know - I have been trying to find it for years. We sang the song in my 5th grade Christmas program at St.Cunegunda's in Detroit.

From Bob, 10/20/2005 8:03:15 PM:

I would appreciate if you could e-mail a copy of happy birthday jesus also address is

From Victoria, 11/3/2005 1:24:22 PM:

I am still trying to find a cd with happy birthday jesus. Can anyone help?

From Bob, 11/4/2005 9:01:42 AM:

I found the song that was played on WJR Radio In the 70s & 80s Happy Birthday Jesus by Etelle Levitt and Lee Pockriss It is sung by Mike Douglas I located it and downloaded from Lycos Rhapsody this is the song that the lyrics are posted above

From klaaka, 12/8/2005 6:34:51 PM:

For Jeremy - "Men will live for ever more because of Christmas Day" is from Mary's Boy Child, Boney M and Harry Belafonte have excellent versions available.

From Eddie, 12/10/2005 10:58:43 AM:

RE: Happy Birthday Jesus: So I went to Lycos rhapsody and I guess they no longer have it cause I could not find it. Can someone please tell me where I can buy this song, or download it?


From Bridget, 12/14/2005 1:44:57 PM:

Hey Folks, I spent the majority of the morning looking for this song. It is on Lycos Rhapsody, however, you have to download their player, sign up and all that jazz. BUT, just knowing that it is sung by Mike Douglas opened up many opportunites to purchase the CD (Amazon is on example). It's on his Christmas CD or sold as a single CD with The Man in My Little Girl's life. Good Luck!

From Jeff, 12/14/2005 8:53:39 PM:

You can also find the song on the website from it's label and it is the least expensive there to actually buy the CD. The label is GNP Crescendo

Also, for those that might want another classic they used to play on Christmas Eve on WJR, you can find the "Letter from Michael" free to download from am580. Also posted are the words that years ago I transcribed to put in a church bulletin. (I have corrected versions of the transcript available as the version posted at this time is incorrect.)

If you've never heard it before, check it out as it's a true story about a young marine on a Korean battlefield and the appearance of the Archangel Michael.

The site is
www.am580radio.com/music/index.htm and you can find it at the bottom of the page.

From Kimber, 12/4/2008 7:29:12 PM:

You can download it here, too:

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