Way Out Wednesday: Zero Mostel Reads “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”

Written by Music, Way Out Wednesday

This week I have a special holiday treat for you. It’s the 1975 album “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, performed by Zero Mostel. Even though Karloff’s version of The Grinch remains a sentimental favorite for me (aided in no small part by Chuck Jones’s direction), Mostel definitely makes the part his own. While Karloff’s Grinch was sinister (and Jim Carrey’s Grinch was annoying), Mostel’s sounds downright crazy! So take a listen to Zero Mostel’s retelling of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and see what I mean.

Zero Mostel – How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Also included on this album are some Christmas songs sung by Alan Mills, and if you’d like these as well, you can get the entire album here. This ends my first year of reporting (more or less weekly) on Popdose, and I plan to keep doing it as long as they’ll have me. (Good luck getting out of this place alive –Ed.) So until next time, I’d like to wish you all a Merry Christmas, Chappy Chanukah, Kooky Kwanzaa, Rockin’ Ramadan, Wacky Winter Solstice, and if you don’t celebrate any of these, enjoy the after-holiday sales!