Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Wally In Winter

Another request, and a good one.  But you can't judge a book by it's cover appearance.  This one looks horrid in the scan, but that's because it's a lovely reflective foil cover that doesn't react to the scanner very well.  Someday I need to go back and revisit this one, I recorded the music back in 2010, and I'm sure I can do a better job with both the audio and the imagery today.  This is good listening music, so don't pass it by.  Please lend an ear to Wally Stott, His Orchestra And Chorus-Happy Holiday-Christmas In Stereo (Warner Bros WS 1341, Stereo, 1959).

1. Happy Holiday
2. Wassail Song
3. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
4. Christmas Sleigh Bells
5. Shepherd's Chorus
6. The Holly And The Ivy
7. The Christmas Waltz
8. Away In A Manger
9. Good King Wenceslas
10. Snowfall
11. Silent Night! Holy Night!
12. White Christmas


Live From Dartmouth

One of those records that pops up in my random play every once in a while and I have to look to see who it is.  And one of the things that I someday hope to find a stereo copy of, though it's so far proven fairly elusive.  Maybe Santa will bring me one this year!  (Or maybe he'll bring me these Japanese powerpop Christmas CDs I stumbled across last night!)  Anyhow, this is good stuff, first shared here back in 2008, then remastered (which also eliminated a skip I couldn't get out of the original copy) in 2010, here is Dartmouth Glee Club-Paul R. Zeller, Director-White Christmas On The Campus (United Artists UAL 3102, Mono, 1961).

1. Happy Holiday
2. O Come All Ye Faithful
3. White Christmas
4. Angels We Have Heard On High
5. The Secret Of Christmas
6. What Child Is This?
7. The Christmas Song
8. Lo How A Rose E'er Blooming
9. Sleigh Ride
10. The First Noel
11. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
12. Mid Ox And Ass
13. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
14. Here A Torch Jeanette Isabella
15. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
16. Jingle Bells


Tuesday, December 06, 2016

The World's Most Famous Sock Puppet

Very special share tonight, something I was completely surprised by when it turned up in an otherwise uninteresting thrift shop a couple months ago.  Take a quick look at the cover above and you might think it's just another run-of-the-mill religious label Christmas album, but look a little closer and you'll see that it's not.  This one features Pat Boone and Shari Lewis!  And Shari Lewis brings her little friends Lambchop, Hushpuppy & Charleyhorse!  How can you go wrong?  And these songs don't seem to be available elsewhere.  Shari released a single on Musicor, I think, and this ain't that. (I need to add that one to the want list...)  And the Pat Boone song doesn't appear to turn up elsewhere in a quick search either.  The liner notes tell me this is the soundtrack, or at least some of the songs from, a TV special of the same name screened in the US & Canada.  I came up empty on a link to the special, but at least you get to hear the music.  Please download and enjoy The Magic Of Christmas (Impact HWS 3061, Stereo).  I couldn't even find a year for this one.  Anybody able to track this down?

1. The Max Davey Singers And Orchestra-It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
2. Don Murray-Some Children See Him
3. The Little People-Away In The Manger
4. Shari Lewis-The Best Gift
5. The Max Davey Singers-Silent Night
6. The Max Davey Singers And Orchestra-Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne
7. The Max Davey Singers And Orchestra-We Wish You The Merriest
8. Shari Lewis-Jingle Bells
9. Pat Boone-Always Christmas
10. Don Murray-The Night Before Christmas


A Nashing of Teeth

If this record is new to you, go ahead and download it now.  Don't read what I have to write, don't go back and read what I wrote with my original share in 2008, just download it.  And if you have heard it, leave me a comment about how great it is!  This guy had a real way with the written word, and the spoken word as well, and when you mix that with Christmas, well, it's just great in my book.  This is Ogden Nash-Christmas With Ogden Nash (Caedmon TC 1323, Stereo, 1970).  I like this guy's wordplay so much that I've tracked down a few of his non-Christmas albums, and they're just as great.

1. The Christmas That Almost Wasn't
2. An Untold Adventure Of Santa Claus
3. The Boy Who Laughed At Santa Claus
4. A Carol For Children
5. I'm A Pleasure To Shop For
6. I Remember Yule
7. The Miraculous Countdown
8. Nutcracker Suite
9. Sugarplum Dance
10. Russian Dance
11. Arabian Dance
12. Chinese Dance
13. The Flutes
14. The Waltz Of The Flowers



A little bit of jazzy Christmas for your Tuesday afternoon.  This seems to be put out by a radio station in Stamford, CT, so it's unlikely to show up on your top 40 radio anytime soon.  But stranger things have happened.  I first shared this out in 2011, and I think once more since then, but it's hard to tell anymore and I can't remember what I meant to do and what I actually did.  So just be happy that I'm bringing back Glenn Zottola And His Allstars Featuring Maxine Sullivan-Christmas In Jazztime (Dreamstreet DR-110, for WYRS 96.7 FM, Stamford, CT, Stereo, 1986).  1986 is a little late for me, but good music knows no season, especially Christmas music!

1. Let It Snow
2. Jolly Old St. Nick (with Maxine)
3. Winter Wonderland
4. White Christmas (with Maxine)
5. Silent Night
6. Jingle Bells (with Maxine)
7. Christmas Song
8. Greensleeves
9. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town


Tammy & Heidi

One type of record I like to share is music made for kids, and I see a lot of them.  They are usually beat up, and unplayable, and most of them are yard sale staples.  But the two you see here were in relatively good shape, and were both things I had never seen before. (I think the similarities run deeper than that, since they seem to share a label address... )  I first brought you Tammy in 2010 and Heidi in 2008, but they're back for an encore tonight.  First up, here's Tammy-Merry Christmas With Tammy (Little World Records (Ideal Toy Corp., Midnight Music) LW-906, Mono, 1965).

1. Intro
2. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
3. O Christmas Tree
4. Deck The Halls
5. Silent Night
6. Winter Wonderland
7. Joy To The World
8. Greensleeves
9. Hark The Herald Angels Sing
10. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
11. O Come All Ye Faithful
12. Jingle Bells
13. The Story Of The Night Before Christmas-With Pepper!
14. We Wish You A Merry Christmas

And here is Heidi-The Night Before Christmas (Majorette M-304, Mono, 1965).  Funny, I just got a request to reshare out one of these last night, but I had it in the bank already.  I love it when I plan comes together.

1. Introduction
2. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
3. Silent Night
4. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
5. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
6. O Christmas Tree
7. Deck The Halls
8. Frosty The Snowman
9. Joy To The World
10. The First Noel
11. We Wish You A Merry Christmas
12. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
13. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
14. And The Night Before Christmas Story


Monday, December 05, 2016


Here's a 78 for you real quick.  I'm too tired to post very much tonight, so I hope this holds you over for the evening.  Sam Ulano was a drummer who became famous for teaching others to drum and left very little in the way of recorded work, at least under his own name.  This 78 (which was also available on 45, but I found the 78) came out in 1955 and is quite the hoot!  I think the sound is just fine, so please download and give a listen to Sam Ulano (and Santa Claus!)-Santa And The Doodle-Li-Boop b/w The Story Of Santa Claus (MGM 10" 78 RPM 11898, Mono, 1955).  If it sounds familiar, you've probably heard Art Carney (Norton!) perform the same song.


Five Nights At Billy Bob's

You've got to take the good with the bad.  For every lost Christmas classic I give you, I feel like I have to give you a Christmas, umm, klunker.  First shared out in 2010, and brought back this year for your disco dancing pleasure, this is The Rock-Afire Explosion-Disco Christmas (Showbiz Pizza Place-Creative Records VI 7" 33 RPM, Stereo, 1982).

1. Disco Christmas
2. In December
3. If Every Day Were Like Christmas-Featuring Billy Bob


Jack Halloran & Jack Halloran

Another oldie around here, dating back to 2007, this features a familiar version of The Little Drummer Boy that actually predates the hit by Harry Simeone.  There's a long, long story in there that I encourage you to investigate, but I'm not going to go into it here.  Just trust me when I say that there's some really good music here.  And if you don't like the cover above, feel free to choose one of the ones below, they've all been associated with this same music over the years. But before you pick a favorite, please download The Jack Halloran Singers-The Little Drummer Boy (Dot DLP 25233, Stereo, 1959). Or is it The Jack Halloran Singers-Christmas Is A Comin' (Dot DLP 3078, Mono, 1959)?  I'm not sure...

1. Christmas Is A-Comin'
2. Carol Of The Drum
3. I Wonder As I Wander
4. While Shepherds Watched Their Sheep
5. Lullaby For The Infant Jesus
6. The Holly And The Ivy
7. Deck The Halls
8. Adeste Fideles-Joy To The World-O Little Town Of Bethlehem
9. Pat-A-Pan
10. Mary's Little Boy Child
11. Go Tell It On The Mountain
12. The Prince Of Peace
13. Angels We Have Heard On High
14. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear-The First Noel-Silent Night
15. We Wish You A Merry Christmas

Zippyshare or Zippyshare

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Blending Bells

One of the rarest Christmas LPs related to bandleader Lawrence Welk, this little goody turned up at a Goodwill store sometime last year, and I almost flipped by it.  I'd never seen a copy in the wild, and only the occasional mention of it in Welk discographies I'd scanned.  But I grabbed it, brought it home, and ripped it pretty quick.  It sounds really, really good, whoever owned it probably never played it.  It's got a lot of the hallmarks of Welk's other productions, features many of the same songs as his Christmas LPs (and The Lennon Sisters, too), and some of the same producers.  If it's working for you I guess you don't have any incentive to change it.  All of which is just a way of saying it sounds familiar, yet different.  There're some songs on here I'd never heard, and that's probably going to be true for you as well.  Please help yourself to a copy of The Blenders-Ring The Christmas Bells (Dot DLP 25671, Stereo, 1965).  Not sure if these guys ever recorded again. the back of the LP mentions they're headed into the Air Force, and that probably meant Vietnam.

1. Ring The Christmas Bells
2. Blue Christmas
3. Little Lady Make Believe
4. Dancing Snowmen
5. Merry Christmas From Our House To Your House
6. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
7. Thanks For Christmas
8. White Christmas
9. Hawaiian Christmas
10. Christmas Village
11. Marching Home For Christmas
12. Silent Night


Re-Waring Re-Mastered

I'm a little hesitant to put this one out there because I can't believe that it's not available somewhere in some format, be it CD or download.  But I can't find it if it is.  This is probably one of the most popular Christmas records in the US (and certainly the second-most requested one here at the blog), as evidenced by it's presence in pretty much every thrift store I duck into, and usually in a rough shape that indicates a long and much used life.  I first shared this out in 2005 and I've brought it back several times since in both that original rip and a remaster, but I went ahead and ripped another copy last night just for fun, so I think it sounds pretty good.  If you don't have it already, please go ahead and grab a copy of Fred Waring And The Pennsylvanians-'Twas The Night Before Christmas (Decca DL 8171, Mono, 1955)

1. Jingle Bells
2. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
3. Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
4. 'Twas The Night Before Christmas
5. Adeste Fideles (O, Come All Ye Faithful)
6. Beautiful Savior
7. The First Nowell; O, Little Town Of Bethlehem; Carol Of The Bells
8. Cantique De Noel (O Holy Night)
9. Oh Gathering Clouds
10. Silent Night


When Singers Meet-Joy To The World

This is a unique record that I first shared with you back in 2010. I try to share a lot of different types of music, from good to bad, from Country to Western, but Gospel isn't something I've spent a lot of time on.  This record goes a long ways towards filling in that gap.  After all these years, I still can't seem to put a date on it, though I'm leaning towards late sixties.  It seems to have been the first album in a short-lived Gospel series from Jubilee, thought that doesn't help me date it.  Anyhow, just give it a listen and I'm sure you'll enjoy When Singers Meet, Inc. Mass Choir-Joy To The World (Jubilee Gospel 6000, Stereo).

1. In The City Of David
2. We Three Kings
3. Silent Night
4. Away In A Manger
5. Joy To The World
6. He's A Wonder
7. Jesus A Wonderful Child
8. Hark The Herald Angels
9. If He Gives Me Strength


Saturday, December 03, 2016

50% Of The Jazz

I shared this out of in the forums at, but I thought I should go ahead and share it out here as well.  If you're not a regular member over there, let me encourage you to join up.  It's a great community of Christmas music aficionados that's fairly active year-round, though it certainly slows down in the non-holiday season.  That's where I first heard about the 10" version of this record.  It's really hard to find, and I counted myself lucky to be able to find this 7" version that features half of the full LP.  If you're a fan of jazz, then this is the record for you.  This is Urbie Green And His All-Stars-A Cool Yuletide Volume II (X (RCA) 7" 45 RPM EP EXA-51, Mono, 1954).

1. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
2. Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
3. The Christmas Song
4. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer


And Breath...

And as many of you may have suspected, here's the third entry into my little Christmas Seals marathon.  Many of the same celebrities rejoin is to remind listeners to send in their contributions.  Go dig that letter out from that giant pile of bills in the kitchen and send us some money!  Or something like that.  These could be good to wrap up your Christmas CD, just a little reminder to listeners.  Or maybe you could cut them up into unexpected ways, I don't know.  I notice that these three records are labelled Style C, D & E.  I wonder what style A and B are?  Anyone know?  Oh, duh, it's listed on the flipside of the record sleeve.  Style A is a collection of eight favorite Christmas songs, Style B is Eight favorite country songs.  Now I know.  For your consideration, this is Christmas Seal Campaign 1972-Celebrity Reminder Spot Announcements-Style E (Christmas Seals 203.313/314, Stereo, 1972).

1. Peter Breck
2. Ernie Ford
3. Edward Asner
4. David Clayton Thonas
5. Martin Milner
6. Lynn Anderson
7. Robert Reed
8. Mclean Stevenson
9. Kim Novak
10. Martha Raye
11. Tommy Leonetti
12. Jerry Reed
13. Leif Erickson
14. Forrest Ticker
15. Pat Carroll
16. Mary Tyler Moore
17. Billy Dee Williams
18. Mel Blanc
19. Michael Landon
20. Ernest Borgnine


Caroling Carols

Another reshare request for something I had completely forgotten about.  At least this time it's from way back in 2008.  What were you doing in December of 2008?  Not easy to remember, is it?  Well, I've got a written record here at the blog of exactly what I was doing back then, and occasionally people go back and read the old stuff.  Lots of what I shared back then has finally seen to the light of day in this digital age, but many things have not, especially privately pressed items from groups that may have been very ephemeral, like this record produced by a small church.  Well, I say small, I really don't know.  All I know is they put this record out way back in the day before I was born, and now I'm putting it up here for you to listen to.  Please enjoy The Cardinal's Cathedral Choristers, Conductor: Very Reverend Monsignor Charles N. Meter-Carols Of The Nations (Pressed But Not Recorded By Columbia Records XCTV-9512/3, Mono). Not your usual song list here, lots of uncommon stuff on this one.

1. Roman Martyrology (Latin)
2. Stille Nacht (Austrian)
3. Angels We Have Heard (French)
4. A La Nanita Nana (Spanish)
5. Ihr Kinderlein Kommet (German)
6. Nenie Pastorale (Italian)
7. Wsrod Nocnej Ciszy (Polish)
8. O Sanctissima (Latin-Sicilian)
9. The Christ-Child's Visit (Traditional)
10. Il Est Ne, Le Divin Enfant (French)
11. Es Ist Ein Ros Entsprungen (German)
12. Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle (Italian)
13. Lulajze Jezuniu (Polish)
14. Stars Of Glory (Irish)
15. Tyliaja Natki (Lithuanian)
16. Dormi Non Piangere (Italian)
17. Carol Of The Bells


Christmas Greetings

Here's a massive collection of old shares that feature Christmas greetings.  Lots of golden oldies in here, so enjoy. The first one goes back to 2011 around these parts, but first came out in 1987.  Some big names on there, but also some people you've probably never heard of.  Krystol? Lion?  Who knows.  But some of these folks are still well known today, so drop their festive greetings into your mix and you'll be cooler than all your friends.  You don't have to tell anybody where you got 'em.  This is Holiday Greetings From The Epic, Portrait And CBS Associated Families (Epic Portrait Associated/CBS EAS 2864, Stereo, 1987).

01: Greg Allman
02: Ana
03: Big Trouble
04: Bill Carter
05: Robin Zander of Cheap Trick
06: Rick Neilsen of Cheap Trick
07: Cherrelle #1
08: Cherrelle #2
09: Angela Clemmons
10: Charlie Daniels
11: Mary Davis
12: Gloria Estefan And Miami Sound Machine
13: Fabulous Thunderbirds
14: David Hallyday
15: Hiroshima
16: Insiders #1
17: Insiders #2
18: Tuesday Knight
19: Krystol
20: Lion
21: Aimee Mann of 'Til Tuesday
22: Teena Marie #1
23: Teena Marie #2
24: Kathy Mathis
25: Ozzy Osbourne #1
26: Ozzy Osbourne #2
27: Ozzy Osbourne #3
28: Quiet Riot #1
29: Quiet Riot #2
30: The Radiators
31: REO Speedwagon
32: S.O.S. Band #1
33: S.O.S. Band #2
34: Dan Siegel
35: Charlie Singleton
36: Survivor
37: Robert Tepper
38: Wa Wa Nee #1
39: Wa Wa Nee #2
40: Weird Al Yankovic #1
41: Weird Al Yankovic #2
42: Weird Al Yankovic #3
43: Weird Al Yankovic #4
44: Weird Al Yankovic #5
45: Pia Zadora

Up next is another batch for the same family of labels, but one year later.  Again a mixed bag of superstars and Johnny-Come-Lately's, but I think the hits to miss ratio here is a little higher.  First shared in 2010, though I have vague memories of buying it many, many years earlier, this is Holiday Greetings From The Epic, Portrait and CBS Associated Family (CBS Records EAS 1393 12" Same On Both Sides, 1988, Stereo).  Dig it!

1. Gregg Allman of The Gregg Allman Band
2. Billy Always
3. Basia
4. Robin Zandar of Cheap Trick
5. Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick
6. Cherrelle
7. Alice Cooper (2x)
8. Gloria Estefan (3x)
9. Europe (2x)
10. The Fabulous Thunderbirds
11. The Godfathers
12. Peter Coyne of The Godfathers
13. Gregory Hines
14. Insiders
15. Living Colour
16. Alexander O'Neal
17. Ozzy Osbourne (2x)
18. Quiet Riot (2x)
19. The Rave-Ups
20. Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon
21. Rhythm Cords
22. Dan Siegel
23. Slammin' Watusis (2x)
24. Henry Lee Summer (2x)
25. Jim Peterik of Survivor
26. Tony Terry
27. 'Til Tuesday
28. Luther Vandross (2x)
29. Gino Vanelli
30. Stevie Ray Vaughan (2x)
31. Weird Al Yankovic (3x)

Whoa, they just keep coming.  Another year later, and this time Capitol Records gets in on the act.  Again it's a mixture of the ridiculous and the sublime, though I don't think Sublime was around yet.  Again shared by me for the first time in 2010, please enjoy The Best For '89 From The Entire Capitol Family (Capitol 12" 33 RPM SPRO-79471 (Same on both sides), 1989, Stereo).

1. Paul Shaffer
2. Anne Murray
3. Peter Blakeley
4. Steve Miller
5. Heart
6. Shadowfax
7. Crowded House (2x)
8. Megadeth
9. Flesh For Lulu
10. Climie Fisher
11. Johnny Clegg & Savuka
12. View From The Hill
13. Sequal
14. The Reivers
15. Melba Moore
16. Hazell Dean
17. Pat McLaughlin
18. Aslan
19. Tracie Spencer
20. Suave
21. Poison
22. Pete Bardens
23. Willie Dixon
24. Chapter 8
25. 101 North
26. Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
27. Bert Robinson
28. MC Hammer & The Posse
29. Richard Thompson

Too new for you?  You want something older?  Here's one from way back in the day, though I'm afraid I don't know the exact year.  I do recall it took a lot of work to get halfway decent tracks from this pretty green record.  The grooves were pretty well trashed, so don't expect too high of a fidelity here.  But this is still Holiday Greetings Voice Tracks (Columbia 7" 45 RPM JZSP 111921/2 Green Vinyl Promo).  Oh yeah, 2010 was the first year for this one around here.

1. Jimmy Dean
2. Jerry Vale (2x)
3. Andy Williams
4. Patti Page (2x)
5. Percy Faith (3x)
6. Ray Conniff (4x)


Friday, December 02, 2016

Love The Leibert

Here's some really good organ stuff for your holiday enjoyment!  Yes, I said good organ, there is such a thing you know.  Dick Leibert does a great job of making the pipes play on this album and the next one down, not so much on the last one down there, but I'm a completist, so deal with it.  This first LP is from 1962, and I first shared it in 2005, but I have remastered it since then so it should sound good. This is Dick Leibert-Senior Organist At The Radio City Music Hall-The Sound Of Christmas On The Radio City Music Hall Organ (RCA Victor LSP-2558, Stereo, 1962).

1. Deck The Halls
2. Joy To The World
3. The First Noel
4. Silent Night
5. Hark The Herald Angels Sing
6. O Holy Night
7. Medley: We Wish You A Merry Christmas-O Tannenbaum
8. Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem
9. Angels We Have Heard On High
10. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
11. We Three Kings Of Orient Are
12. Adeste Fideles (O Come, All Ye Faithful)

Next up, from the following year, this LP is more of the same.  Again, I first did this one in 2005 with a remaster at some point along the way.  Welcome to Dick Leibert-Senior Organist At The Radio City Music Hall-The Happy Hits Of Christmas (Christmas Evergreens Played On The Radio City Music Hall Organ) (RCA Victor LSP-2771, Stereo, 1963)

1. Silver Bells
2. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
3. The Christmas Song
4. Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
5. Winter Wonderland
6. Under The Christmas Mistletoe
7. I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day
8. Sleigh Ride
9. White Christmas
10. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
11. It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
12. Jingle Bells
13. Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers

Last, and possibly least is this set of two 45s that came out 11 years prior to the earliest of the two LPs above.  This one is much more of what you expect when I say organ Christmas music, but I feel the need to throw it in here anyway due to my anal retentive tendencies.  Again from 2005, This is Sing And Rejoice! Christmas Carols Played by Dick Leibert At the Organ of the Radio City Music Hall New York City (RCA Victor EPB 3056, Mono, 1951). Hope you like medleys!

1. Joy To The World-Away In A Manger
2. It Came Upon The Midnight Clear-Oh, Holy Night (Cantique De Noel)
3. Hark The Herald Angels Sing-Silent Night
4. The First Noel-As With Gladness Men Of Old
5. O Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles)-Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem
6. Angels From The Realms Of Glory-While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
7. We Three Kings Of Orient Are-Good King Wenceslas
8. Deck The Halls With Boughs Of Holly-God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen


Of Life...

Do you need some more celebrity sound bytes?  I thought so.  Here are 30 more from the same series as yesterday.  This time it's TV and movie stars, and some of them get a little more into character than the ones yesterday.  Mel Blanc is good, Arte Johnson spices things up a bit, and Billy Dee Williams is smoooooooth.  Some of these folks, I don't know who they are, I'm afraid, but hopefully there's somebody here for everyone!  Please help yourself to Christmas Seal Campaign 1972-Celebrity Spot Announcements-Style D (Christmas Seals 203.311/312, Stereo, 1972).

1. Steve Forrest
2. Peter Breck
3. Mary Tyler Moore
4. Joseph Campanella
5. Lynn Anderson
6. Pat Carroll
7. Ed Asner
8. Don Mitchell
9. Gregg Morris
10. Ernest Borgnine
11. Louis Nye
12. Gale Gordon
13. Robert Stack
14. Robert Reed
15. Maclean Stevenson
16. Kim Novak
17. Billy Dee Williams
18. Mel Blanc
19. Raymond St. Jacques
20. Bill Cosby
21. Andy Griffith
22. Michael Landon
23. Ray Bolger
24. Arte Johnson
25. Ann B. Davis
26. Gail Fisher
27. Martha Raye
28. Martin Milner
29. Edward G. Robinson
30. Leif Erickson


Austria, Not Australia

I figure any request for something I forgot that I posted is a good one, so here's something from 2012 that I have very little memory of.  I'm sure I was trying to get something else from the great Westminster label up, but it certainly didn't leave much of an impression on me.  Don't let that discourage you, though, everyone has a different taste in music.  Please give a listen to Vienna Akademie Kammerchor-Conducted By Günther Theuring-Christmas Carols From Austria (Westminster WP 6019, Mono, 1956).

1. Stille Nacht (Silent Night)
2. In Dulci Jubilo
3. Es Ist Ein Reis Entsprungen (Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming)
4. O Du Fröhliche (O Thou Joyful)
5. Joseph, Lieber Joseph Mein (Joseph, My Loving Joseph)
6. Der Engel Sprach (The Angel Spoke To The Shepherds)
7. Von Himmel Hoch (From Heaven Above)
8. Congratulamini Nunc Omnes (Now Let Us All Rejoice)
9. Es Blühen Die Maien (The Mayflowers Are Blooming)
10. Es Wird Scho Glei Dumpa (It Will Soon Be Dark)
11. Heissa Buama (Hey, Boys)
12. O Jesulein Zart (O Sweet Little Jesus)
13. Es Hat Sich Halt Eröffnet (The Heavenly Gate Has Opened)
14. Still, Still (Hush, Hush)
15. O Jubel, O Freud (O Joy, O Gladness)
16. Schlaf, Schlaf (Sleep, Sleep)
17. Kommts Her Ihr Hirten (Come Here, You Shpherds)
18. Andachtsjodler (Devotional Christmas Yodel)
19. Stacherl (Eustace)


Merv Shiner-Greatest Christmas Kiddie Hits

My favorite track from this LP just played at random on my computer, so I figured that meant I should go ahead and reshare this great surprise I discovered in 2012.  Merv Shiner was a big deal in the early fifties, hitting it big with a version of Here Comes Peter Cottontail.  Looks like he had one Christmas single back in the day, but this record didn't come out until the first year of my existence, 1970.  And even though the cover makes it look like a budget label throwaway, it's actually quite good.  So please, be my guest, download Merv Shiner-Greatest Christmas Kiddie Hits (Certron Corporation CS-7012, Stereo, 1970).

1. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
2. Little Drummer Boy
3. Oh, Little Town Of Bethlehem
4. Here Comes Santa Claus
5. Twas The Night Before Christmas
6. Frosty The Snowman
7. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
8. White Christmas
9. Pancho's Snowball
10. Jingle Bells
11. Away In A Manger
12. I Saw Mommie Kissing Santa Claus