Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Used Music-Track Twenty Two


You knew that sooner or later I had to pull a track from the greatest series of compilations ever made (maybe...). That's right, here's a track from Great Songs Of Christmas, the long-running series that many families would make a special trip each year to their Goodyear tire dealer to purchase. I've seen websites where folks actually sell copies of these records, often charging exorbitant amounts for copies of the entire series. Many of the tracks are actually available on CD now, so I'm afraid I can't share the series with you. But tonight you get one of my favorite tracks from Volume Five. Please download and enjoy Maurice Chevalier-Jolly Old St. Nicholas from Great Songs Of Christmas-Volume Five (Columbia Special Products For Goodyear CSP 238S, 1965).

Previous Tracks:
The Sanborn Singers-Jingle Bells
Les Baxter Orchestra And Chorus-Hang Your Wishes On The Tree
Sandler & Young-Mister Santa
Peggy Lee-Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
Danny Kaye-Deck The Halls (With Boughs Of Holly)
Debbie Reynolds-There's No Place Like Home
Claudine Longet-Snow
The Glad Singers-We Three Kings Of Orient Are
The Ed Sullivan Orchestra-I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
The Mills Brothers-You Don't Have To Be A Santa Claus
Patti Page-'Twas The Night Before Christmas
George Melachrino-Fairy On The Christmas Tree
The Beneficial Singers-Joyous Christmas
Marlene Dietrich-Little Drummer Boy
Dorothy Collins-Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Red Foley-Frosty The Snowman
Bing Crosby-Christmas Dinner Country Style
Fred Waring-White Christmas
Walter Carlos-Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring
Ed Kinney-The Twelve Days Of Christmas
Les Brown-We Wish You The Merriest

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

This track is great! Even better (and quite moving, I might add) is his cover of "Silent Night".

If you only thought Mssr. Maurice was only a comedian, you'll think again after hearing it.

eric said...

A lot of people unfairly dis this series of Christmas albums. But I've always had a particularly soft spot for this album, Album Five in the series, I believe. It is one of the earliest Christmas records I remember. For some reason, I always remembered Doris Day's and Maurice Chevalier's pictures as a little kid.
Definitely worth picking up if you see it at a thrift store (and there are many copies of this one out there).

Anonymous said...

Thanks for that. By the way - Sammy Davis's Jingle Bells from this album is as yet unreleased on CD.

(His second song (Xmas Time All Over The World) has been on CD, and so is a different recording of Jingle Bells).

I would LOVE to hear Sammy's recording if you get the chance...