NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Saturday, December 19, 2015, 6:00 PM
John McEnroe and Patty Smyth arrive at a Vanity Fair Oscar party in Hollywood.
Scandal singer Patty Smyth says that her husband John McEnroe likes to sing Christmas songs, and that’s unfortunate.
“His singing isn’t the thing that really moves me,” Smyth tells [email protected] She is making the rounds to promote her first Christmas album “Come on December.”
“(But) he loves to sing, God bless him,” she says.
According to Smyth, who had massive 80s hits with “The Warrior” and “Hands Tied,” she loves when her tennis star hubby of 18-years plays guitar while she sings holiday songs. But that booming voice McEnroe famously used to yell at umpires doesn’t exactly lend itself to “Silent Night.”
“What happens is that he starts singing and he drowns everybody out because he’s got a big voice,” Smyth says. “You can tell from his speaking voice (that he’s loud), but he doesn’t sing very well. I tell him ‘just play, I’ll sing.’”
Smyth’s holiday album, which includes classics like “Do You Hear What I Hear,” and “Auld Lang Syne,” is her first recording in 16-years. It also has an original number called “Come on December,” for which she has high hopes.
“I’d love to have a Christmas classic under my belt,” said Smyth. “It’s hard to write a Christmas song.”
John McEnroe and Patty Smyth attend “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson’s”, to benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation last month.
Apparently recording a Christmas album isn’t easy either.
“I really wanted to do a Christmas record 20 years ago and just didn’t really get around to it, she says. “Isn’t that sad?”
Smyth, a New York native, also finds it sad that tourists flood New York City at this time of year and ruin it for locals.
“I hate all these people in my town,” she says. “I want them out. I really don’t understand. This is what all my friends talk about all day long. (Tourists) are on the Upper West Side, they’re in Central Park. They need to go home now. The traffic is so bad. It’s horrible.”
There is one thing that would really make Smyth happy this holiday season, but she doesn’t think she’ll get it.
“I saw a ring that I wanted that I told my husband about and it’d be awesome if he would remember and go get it because he knows where it is — but he won’t,” she says “He always does his Christmas shopping on Christmas Eve. I don’t think he’ll get it together.”