Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Christmas In July-The Sixth Day

Day six already?  This month is flying by.  Another hodge-podge of stuff for you tonight.  Let's begin with the first of three tracks from old pal Hal Mooney And His Orchestra.  Couple years ago I brought you some really great stuff from another of his Mercury LPs, and this year I found another one.  Woodwinds And Percussion (Mercury PPS 6013, Stereo, 1961) is the name of it, and tonight's track from it is Baby, It's Cold Outside.  I think you'll dig this almost as much as the ones from 2008.  Next up is something else from The Bellwethers who you first heard back on the third day of my Christmas bonanza.  This is also from their LP The Bells Of Crystal Cathedral (The I.T. Verdin Company/UA Recording UAS-989-9297, Stereo).  This time it's Good King Wenceslas.  Third on the list today is Ice And Snow by The Swiss Band Organ from the LP Folk Songs Of The Alps (Tradition (Everest) TR 2081, Stereo, 1968).  You heard another track from this LP back on the third also, but by a different group.  Fourth up is a medley of tracks from Greenwillow, the Frank Loesser musical that includes the track Greenwillow Christmas.  I first heard this song in a version by The Browns featuring Jim Ed Brown, and I've always liked it.  I'm sure you'll like this version as performed by Arthur Fiedler And The Boston Pops Orchestra.  This is from their LP Music Of Frank Loesser (RCA Victor LSC-2486, Stereo, 1961).  Last up is our first second version of Snowfall for the year, in a short (and narrated!) version by The Steel Pier Big Band, Directed by Frankie Lester.  This is from the LP The World Famous Steel Pier Big Band (Steel Pier Records SP-1, Stereo, 1973).  This appears to have been released just a couple of years before the Steel Pier in Atlantic City went under for what many believed was the last time.  But it's evidently recently seen a rebirth and is now a tourist trap once again.  Good to know that there's something to do in Atlantic City besides gamble.  That concludes tonight's list.  I hope there's something in there that interests you.  If not, try back tomorrow and I'll hopefully find something that's more to your liking.  Here's the download link, have a good one!


Badgercat said...

Ernie, thanks for the continued effort this year! I know with your computer issues last year you've lost a TON of music. You need to know that we appreciate this place and what you do for those of us who enjoy new Christmas music.

FWIW, you had a version of Snowfall yesterday - so we now have two versions month to date.

Keep 'em coming!

Ernie said...

Uh-oh. You're right, I've already shared Snowfall. I'll edit that. Thanks for the encouragement. It's a labor of love, I guess. Or maybe it's a labor of hate. Not sure...