Saturday, July 14, 2012

Christmas In July 2012-Part 14

Another day, another post.  I finally got busy tonight and recorded a few more tracks for this thing, getting my total up to a little over 400.  I'd been getting lazy about this for a bit, but I'm back on track now.  Let's see what we've got for tonight, shall we?

1. Baby, It's Cold Outside by Sacha Distel-Arranged And Conducted By Ray Ellis (the female vocalist isn't mentioned on the LP) from the album From Paris With Love (RCA Victor LPM-2611, Mono, 1962).  Nice version of this classic duet.  The accent helps.

2. Brazilian Sleigh Bells from George Wright and his album George Wright Encores At The Mighty Wurlitzer Pipe Organ (HiFi R-702, Mono, 1956).  A nice version of the Percy Faith classic.  Pretty sure I've shared this one with you before.

3. Doll Dance by Jan Garber And His Orchestra from Music, Sweet! With A Beat (Dot SLP 3014, Mono, 1956).  I didn't even know the Dot label went back this far.  Live and learn, I guess.

4. June In January by Gordon MacRae-Orchestra Conducted By Van Alexander from Seasons Of Love (Capitol T 1146, Mono, 1959).  Another repeat.

5. Quem Pastores Laudavere (He, Whom Shepherds Praised) from our friends The Trapp Family Singers-Dr. Franz Wasner, Conductor, from The Best Of The Trapp Family Singers (MCA 2xLP MCA2-4048, Mono, 1973).  It's the gift that just keeps giving!

6. We Need A Little Christmas by Bobby Hackett & Ronnie David-Musical Direction By Frank Hunter from the album Sweet Charity & Mame-The Swingin'est Gals In Town (Epic Footlight Series FLM 13107, Mono, 1966).  Everybody needs a little Christmas!

7. Baked Alaska by Joe "Fingers" Carr from his LP The World's Greatest Ragtime Piano Player (Warner Bros WS 1386, Stereo, 1986).  What does Alaska have to do with Christmas?  Not much.  It's cold, I guess.

8. Hallelujah Chorus by USMC Drum & Bugle Corps, Truman W. Crawford-Director, pulled from the album The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps 1976 "The Commandant's Own" (USMC 11476, Stereo, 1976).  Interesting version.

9. Oh Come All Ye Faithful by Funtastic 25 from the LP Funtastic 25 Children's Songs Volume 2 (ERA BU 4952, Stereo, 1982).  Another oddity from a children's record.

10. Skaters' Waltz from George Feyer At The Piano With Orchestra Conducted By Dick Jacobs and the album Golden Waltzes Everybody Knows (Decca DL74455, Stereo, 1963).  I think I shared this one with you many moons ago in mono.  Here's a nice stereo version.

11. Sleigh Ride as performed by Marco Rizo, His Piano & Orchestra from his album Leroy Anderson In Latin America (Forum SF 9039, Stereo, 1960).  Something else I think I've shared out before.

12. Snowfall from The Guitars, Inc. and their LP Soft And Subtle (Warner Bros BS 1246, Stereo, 1959).  Still looking for the Christmas album from these guys on the original vinyl...

13. Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite from old favorites Jerry Murad's Harmonicats and the LP Harmonica Rhapsody (Columbia CS 9141, Stereo, 1965).  Very nice...

14. Warm by The Lettermen, from Warm (Capitol ST 2633, Stereo, 1967).  Another share from long ago, in shiny new sound.

That's it, 14 tracks for day 14.  Try to stay cool out there, it's hot!



Is it just me, or are the archives at Billboard now impossible to search through Google Books?  Perhaps it's just this crummy Chrome browser...  I'm having a hard time putting dates on things without it.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Christmas In July 2012-Part 13

Welcome to a special Friday the 13th version of Christmas in July!  What's so special about it?  Well, it's on Friday the 13th, that's what, and you get 13 tracks.  Which is pretty much the average so far, so perhaps that's not as special as I'd hoped.  Anyhow, here's some Christmas music.

1. The Orchestra In A Nutcracker Shell by Robert Russell Bennett Conducting Members Of The NBC Symphony Orchestra from An Adventure In High Fidelity (RCA Victor Red Seal LM 1802, Mono, 1954).  This is a rerun for me, but if you missed it the first time, I think you'll really enjoy this take on the Tchaikovsky classic, and it's really a workout for your new hi-fi system, too.

2. Sleigh Ride by Ethel Smith from Galloping Fingers (Decca 10" 33 RPM DL 5327, Mono, 1951).  I've been looking for this one for a while, I knew it was out there, but had never seen it.  You never know what's going to turn up or when.

3. Under The Stars, another song by Children's Choir Under The Direction Of Mabel Stewart Boyter from their LP A Joyful Sound-Songs For Children (Word W-3137-LP, Mono, 1961).

4. Ave Maria (Schubert) by Larry Ferrari from his LP My Favorite Hymns "Especially For You" (Sure 704, Stereo, 1967).  I recorded this one twice before I realized I was doing so.  I'm only going to share it once, though, I hope that's OK.

5. Ching-A-Ring-Chaw (From Part 4 "Winter) by The Budapest Children's Choir-Valeria Botka And Dr. Laszlo Czanyi, Directors, from that old standby The Budapest Children's Choir At Carnegie Hall (RCA Victor Red Seal LSC-2861, Stereo, 1966).

6. The March Of Siamese Children (From The Film "The King And I") by The Band Of The Coldstream Guards-Conducted By Major Douglas A. Pope, A.R.C.M., P.S.M., from an LP I just found the other day Marching Down Broadway With The Band Of The Coldstream Guards (RCA Victor LSP-1944, Stereo, 1959).  Not really Christmas, but I like a good march.

7. My Favorite Things, by perhaps the group most entitled to sing it, Members Of The Trapp Family Singers And Chorus, Arranged And Conducted By Father Franz Wasner, from their LP The Sound Of Music (RCA Victor LSP-2277, Stereo, 1960).  Pretty sure I've shared this with you before, but here it is again.

8. Prelude To Christmas (Annunciation And Magnificat) by St. Olaf Lutheran Choir-Conducted By Olaf C. Christiansen, from the album Fifty Golden Years (Mercury SR 60728, Stereo, 1962).  Another rerun.

9. Satin Doll by Jack Weigand At The Organ from Stairway To The Stars (Cameo SC 1012, Stereo, 1961).  What more can I say?

10. Snow, a beautiful track by Claudine Longet from her LP Love Is Blue (A&M AP 4142, Stereo, 1968). This is a great track, I wish it were better known. Randy Newman wrote this, in case you were curious.  Did you notice I've put the songwriting credits in almost all my songs this year?  I've been trying to do that after a couple of requests from my fans.  Sometimes they aren't listed, so I can't put them in there, but I've tried to get them in there when I can.

11. Snowfall by George Shearing-String Choir Conducted By Billy May, from the LP The Shearing Touch (Capitol ST1472, Stereo, 1960).  A rerun, but a good track nonetheless.  I remember it took me a long time to find a stereo copy of this record.

12. The Toy Trumpet by Neal Hefti And The Band With The Sweet Beat from their LP A Salute To The Instruments (Coral CRL 757286, Stereo, 1960).  Not strictly Christmas, but any excuse to throw in a Raymond Scott composition is a good one.

13. Winter Wonderland from Eddie Layton With Rhythm Section and the LP Better Layton Than Ever (Mercury SR 60031, Stereo, 1959), something I shared out a long, long time ago.

That's it, another download full of Christmas music pulled from every wide corner of the musical spectrum I could find.  Hope you enjoy!


Thursday, July 12, 2012

Christmas In July 2012-Part 12

On the 12th Day of Christmas in July, Ernie (Not Bert) gave you another baker's dozen of great Christmas tracks.  I hope you're happy!

1. Pastores A Belen (Shepherds Of Bethlehem) by The Trapp Family Singers-Dr. Franz Wasner, Conductor, again from The Best Of The Trapp Family Singers (MCA 2xLP MCA2-4048, Mono, 1973).  Lots of tracks to share from this one...

2. The Skater's Yodel by Elton Britt from Yodel Songs (RCA Victor LPM-1288, Mono, 1956).  Slim Whitman, eat your heart out!  This one is headed for the 'Best Of' collection!

3. The Wedding Of The Painted Doll by Louis Bregoli and the LP Accordion A La Carte (Tiffany 1018, Mono, 1960).  Nice accordion track.

4. Winter Song performed by American Legion Chorus And The Holly Belles on the album Millville, NJ Centennial 1866-1966 (Millville Centennial Corp AB 1966M, Mono, 1966).  A little odd, but not bad.

5. Carol Of The Advent by The Choir Of The First Presbyterian Church Of Dearborn-Alexander J. Turco, Organist And Director, once more from the LP Carols And Anthems (Artie Fields Productions H-1496/1497, Stereo, 1967).  I take 'em where I find 'em.

6. The Cat In The Snow by Robert A. Choate, Richard C. Berg, Lee Kjelson, Eugene W. Troth & Children's Choir, from the album Music For Early Childhood (American Book Company, Record 1 I-0140-0016, Stereo).  Short, but sweet.

7. Farewell, My Love, one of the few remaining tracks by Chamber Singers-Robert Summer, Conductor, from that same old album, University Of South Florida Chamber Singers And University Singers (Suncoast Recording Service KM4471, Stereo, 1979).  I only recorded the one side, I swear...

8. The Frozen Logger by Cathie Taylor-Jack Fascinato Conducting, from her LP The Tree Near My House (Capitol ST1448, Stereo, 1960).  I wound up recording this track twice, once from this, the original LP, and once from a compilation of tracks under a generic Hootenanny theme.  That collection wasn't on Capitol, so I thought perhaps it was a different recording, but I was wrong.

9. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm by Poliakin, His Orchestra And Chorale, a rerun around here from the LP The Best Of Poliakin (Everest SDBR 2,003, Stereo, 1960).  They say it's the best of, but I don't think I've seen more than one other LP of his, and it had this track on it, too.

10. I Wonder As I Wander, a great song performed here by Mary Dulmage With Pierre Francalanza, Pianist, from the album Saturday Night And Sunday Morning (Vin Blanc Records WW001, Stereo, 1983).

11. Italian Christmas Song by Gaylord & Holiday from their self-titled album (The Gaylords Record Company, Stereo, 1977).  I found a handful of LPs by these guys in the back of a Habitat For Humanity thrift store recently, and with Holiday in their name, I figured I needed to at least look.  Sure enough, I found this.

12. Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring by Bach.  Well, written by Bach, performed here by Dean F. Robinson from his shared LP Bells Over Rochester-The World Famous City's Carillon (Tom Jones Recording Studio TJS-11975-A/B, Stereo, 1975).  I don't remember who he shared it with, but the other side didn't feature anything that would fit in here.  Wait, is that right?  No, I'm wrong, this was the only track on this side.  The other side had three Christmas titles!  Carillons were made for Christmas music I tell you!

13. My Favorite Things from Benny Goodman And His Orchestra and the LP The Sound Of Music (MGM SE 3810, Stereo, 1959).  Pretty late effort here from Benny, and certainly one of his earliest stereo outings.  I think I've shared a mono version of this with you before.

And that's it.  Another great collection that I think brings our total for the month past the 150 mark.  No end in sight, either, it just keeps going and going and going!  Here's the link, see you's tomorrow!


Slight Delay

Pardon the slight delay while I record select songs from this 1957 sampler of French pop music on Columbia.  Ballade de Davy Crockett, indeed!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Christmas In July 2012-Part 11

The problem with recording my shares too far in advance is that I forget where they came from.  I can't remember the cover of the LP or where I found the record.  Sometimes I'll pull the record down off the shelf where I put them after recording them and try to remember something interesting about it.  Like the Martin Denny track I shared the other day, I wanted to mention the fact that Ferde Grofe wrote the brief liner notes on that one.  But I forgot all about it when I was writing up the track listing.  I do at least try to listen to the tracks again while posting, that way I can remember which ones are good and which ones are, well, not so good.  Have I ever tossed one for not being very good?  No, not really.  Couple of times I've not finished recording one because I really couldn't by any stretch of the imagination relate it back to Christmas, but that's pretty rare.  Anyhow, I'm just blathering on here, and I'm sure you don't care.  Let's get on to the shares for this evening.

1. Skaters' Waltz by the Military Band Organ from the LP Merry Go Round Music For The Young In Heart (Golden Crest CR 3054, Mono, 1959).  Supposedly, there are a bunch of these old music machines at the old car museum right up the road, but I've never been.  I'm not even certain they still have them, but I know they used to because I've found recordings of them.

2. Waltz Of The Flowers From The Nutcracker Suite by The Grand Rapids Youth Symphony-Daniel Kovats, Music Director And Conductor, from the album In Concert-The Grand Rapids Youth Symphony (Abbott SS-18653-01, Mono, 1970).  Some days I don't even look at the back of these school-produced albums, because I think I really don't need another one.  But then I turn them over anyway and find yet another Christmas track I need.

3. Gloucestershire Wassail by Chamber Singers-Robert Summer, Conductor, from that same old LP I've shared tracks from with you so many times before, University Of South Florida Chamber Singers And University Singers (Suncoast Recording Service KM4471, Stereo, 1979).  At least they're pretty good songs, right?

4. Ice Run by Rick Wakeman from the soundtrack to the 1976 Winter Olympics, White Rock (A&M SP-4614, Stereo, 1977).  OK, maybe not the soundtrack to the Games themselves, but at least a soundtrack to the film they released showcasing the games.

5. March of The Dwarfs by Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra Conducted By Earl Bernard Murray from the compilation LP Pomp And Circumstance (Capitol SP 8620, Stereo, 1965).  I first discovered Grieg's March Of The Dwarfs last year, and thought it made an excellent Christmas track, I hope you agree. This is the second track I've found tonight where I made a typo in the MP3 tags.  I need an intern!

6.Put A Little Love In Your Heart by The Mike Curb Congregation and their album Come Together (CoBurt Records CO 1002, Stereo, 1970).  I think this got nudged towards being a Christmas song when Annie Lennox and Al Green covered it on the soundtrack to Scrooged!.  I know the video showed lots of fake snow...

7. Snow Is Falling (From Part 4 "Winter") by The Budapest Children's Choir-Valeria Botka And Dr. Laszlo Czanyi, Directors, from that other frequently excerpted LP, The Budapest Children's Choir At Carnegie Hall (RCA Victor Red Seal LSC-2861, Stereo, 1966).  I like it!

8. Sun Valley Twist, an interesting take by Hap Miller And The Hap Miller Sun Valley Orchestra from the LP It Happened In Sun Valley (Stanal Records S-1010, Stereo, 1964).  Twist to your hearts content!

9. Toyland by Pupi Prado And His Orchestra from the budget LP Cha Cha Cha (Celebrity UTS, Stereo).  Pretty sure this track has shown up more than once around here under various names and artists.  Look for Fred Sateriale and Toyland Cha Cha Cha.  Same performance.  :(

10. We Need A Little Christmas by Skitch Henderson & The Tonight Show Orchestra from the LP Broadway Tonight! Skitch Henderson & The Tonight Show Orchestra Play Music From "Mame" (Columbia CS 9318, Stereo, 1966).  This is a rerun from year's past, this may be the first appearance here in stereo.  Maybe.  Hard to tell, I didn't pay too much attention to that in the old days and didn't differentiate.  I think plenty of those early shares were mono records recorded in stereo.  What did I know?

11. What Child Is This by St. Olaf Lutheran Choir-Conducted By Olaf C. Christiansen from the LP Fifty Golden Years (Mercury SR 60728, Stereo, 1962), another rerun from years gone by.

12. What Month Was Jesus Born In?, a great little song you don't hear too often by Odetta from her LP Odetta At Town Hall (Vanguard VSD-2109, Stereo, 1962).  I remember seeing mention of a Christmas album from Odetta on the back of this LP, I'll have to hunt that down, I don't think I've heard it before.

13. Wintertime by Arthur Lee Harper from his LP Dreams And Images (LHI/ABC S12,000, Produced by Lee Hazlewood, Stereo, 1968).  I think Lee Hazlewood did his best work with Nancy Sinatra, but you may like it.  Oh, almost forgot, the record jacket only identifies him as Arthur, but his other work gives his full name.  I put both in the track tags.

And that's it.  Hope you enjoyed tonight's installment.  It's nice not to have to struggle and record stuff on the same night I'm sharing it.  Now I can record stuff at leisure, or I can go watch River Monsters on TV.  We'll see what wins out.  Here's the link, have fun with it.


Why is the HTML so screwed up in this post? I do not like posting from Chrome!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Christmas In July 2012-Part 10

Day 10, almost 1/3 of the way through!  Now we're movin'!

1. (a) Snowshoes  (b) Riding The Troika, a double whammy from Victor Young And His Singing Strings-Violin Solos By Anatole Kaminsky and his album Gypsy Music (Decca DL 8052, Mono, 1953).  Interesting, I don't know if it makes me think of Christmas, but it's interesting.

2. The Building Of A Band (The Bells Of St. Mary's) by Horace Heidt And His Musical Knights from the collection Camp! (Capitol T2474, Mono, 1966).  The background song is what brought me to this one, but the foreground is a neat little bit about how to put together a band.

3. Jesus, Jesus Rest Your Head by The Trapp Family Singers-Dr. Franz Wasner, Conductor, another song from The Best Of The Trapp Family Singers (MCA 2xLP MCA2-4048, Mono, 1973).

4. Let There Be Peace On Earth by The Singing Sisters Of St. Francis Featuring Sister Mary Amelia, Soprano-John LaFalce, Conductor-Ed Husted, Instrumental Background, and the album Sunrise To Sunset (Meteor M-C5061, Mono, 1968).  Private label goodness.

5. Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers from Red Nichols And His Five Pennies from an eponymous LP (Tops LP1594, Mono, 1957).  This is a rerun from years past, but it's good.

6. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening, a musical version of the Robert Frost poem, performed by Heidelberg College Concert Choir-Lorna Lockwood, Accompanist, from the LP  Heidelberg College Concert Choir-Ferris E. Ohl, Director-Tiffin, Ohio (Recorded Publications Company Z-28941/28942 (Custom Processed And Pressed By RCA Victor), Mono).  Interesting, I'd never heard this done to music before.

7. Ave Maria by 1977 Chamber Singers-Robert Summer, Conductor, one more track from University Of South Florida Chamber Singers And University Singers (Suncoast Recording Service KM4471, Stereo, 1979).  Lots of good stuff on this one, hope you're enjoying it.

8. Christmas Song by Natural Gas from their self-titled album (Private Stock PS 2011, Stereo, 1976).  I didn't listen too closely to the lyrics, but it didn't strike me as having anything to do with Christmas...

9. Good King Wenceslas by The Orchestra Of LeRoy Holmes from the soundtrack LP The Devil's Brigade (United Artists UAS 6654, Stereo, 1968).  This is a rerun from way, way back, and it's worth the repeat, I believe.  I've recorded a lot of stuff from UA this year, they put out some great stuff back in the day, it's just hard to find.

10. It Happened In Sun Valley, a short version by Hap Miller And The Hap Miller Sun Valley Orchestra from the LP It Happened In Sun Valley (Stanal Records S-1010, Stereo, 1964).  I think this is the final reprise from the album.

11. Maria Walks Amid The Thorn by The Choir Of The First Presbyterian Church Of Dearborn-Alexander J. Turco, Organist And Director, from their album Carols And Anthems (Artie Fields Productions H-1496/1497, Stereo, 1967).  More goodness from a private press.

12. Skater's Cha Cha from Claude Thornhill And His Orchestra, the Snowfall man himself, from the LP Dance To The Sound Of Claude Thornhill (Decca DL 78878, Stereo, 1958).  I love dance-themed Christmas songs, so this is right up my alley.

That's it for tonight, short but sweet.  A little something for everyone, I think.  Have at it!


Monday, July 09, 2012

Christmas In July 2012-Part 9

Part 9.  Nothing special about day 9.  It doesn't evenly divide anything into anything.  It's not themed in any way, it's just there.  So here it is...

1. Ave Maria by The Trapp Family Singers-Dr. Franz Wasner, Conductor, from their album The Best Of The Trapp Family Singers (MCA 2xLP MCA2-4048, Mono, 1973).  They really could sing, couldn't they?

2. The Bells Of St. Mary's by Roger King Mozian And His Orchestra from the sampler Spectacular Is The Sound For It! (MGM E3883, Mono, 1960).  Odd that a mono sampler was issued for a bunch of albums that were stereo showcases.  I think I may have shared this before, but from the original LP.

3. Blue December, a rerun from Hugo Winterhalter's Orchestra And Chorus, pulled from the LP Big And Sweet, With A Beat (RCA Camden CAL-443, Mono, 1958).  This'll make you forget those 100 degree temps outside!

4. Cold, Cold Heart from Jerry Byrd and the album Satin Strings Of Steel (Monument MLP 8033 (Reissue of Memories Of Maria MLP 4008), Mono, 1962).  No, it's not really Christmas, but it's Hank Williams and it's got 'cold in the title, twice!

5. Doll Dance from Louis Bregoli and his album Accordion A La Carte (Tiffany 1018, Mono, 1960).  Gotta love a little accordion piece now and then.

6. Hodie Christus Natus Est by St. Olaf Lutheran Choir-Conducted By Olaf C. Christiansen, from the LP The St. Olaf Lutheran Choir (Mercury MG 20636, Mono, 1961).  I need to dig up the stereo version of this one.

7. Play Sweet Music by Children's Choir Under The Direction Of Mabel Stewart Boyter from the album that's surely become a favorite of yours already, A Joyful Sound-Songs For Children (Word W-3137-LP, Mono, 1961).

8. That's My Doll by Frankie Vaughan With Raymond Long At The Piano, The Beryl Stott Singers And The London Palladium Orchestra Directed By Reg Cole (whew!) from the album Frankie Vaughan At The Palladium (Columbia CL 1405, Mono, 1960).

9. That's What I Want For Christmas (From "Stowaway") by Shirley Temple from the album Shirley Temple's Hits (20th Fox Fox 3006, Mono, 1958).  Earlier in the month, I brought you a version of this song by one of the writers, Irving Caesar, which I found a couple days before I found this LP.  Serendipity is the word you're looking for.  :)

10. Winter Weather by Sy Mann At The Lowrey from Songs Of The Four Seasons (Golden Crest CR 3007, Mono, 1957).  Good stuff from the who later put out a Christmas album on the Moog Synthesizer!

11. Falling Snow by The Budapest Children's Choir-Valeria Botka And Dr. Laszlo Czanyi, Directors, from The Budapest Children's Choir At Carnegie Hall (RCA Victor Red Seal LSC-2861 (From Part 4 "Winter"), Stereo, 1966).  Another LP that should be fast turning into a favorite.

12. March Of The Toys by The Big 18 from the album Blues On Parade (Victor (Japan) SLS-5031, Stereo).  Not sure when this Japanese version came out, but I think I shared this same track with you before in mono.

And that's that.  Twelve more tracks, one more day.  I'm tired of typing.  Here's the share, knock yourselves out.


Sunday, July 08, 2012

Christmas In July 2012-Part 8

Day 8, beginning of week 2, and it's another theme day.  Well, sorta.  I don't think I have enough tracks to theme the whole thing, but we'll see.  The theme is comedy.  Let's go...

1. The Twelve Gifts Of Christmas by Allan Sherman-Arranged And Conducted By Lou Busch With The Voices Of Jimmy Joyce from the album For Swingin' Livers Only! (Warner Bros W1569, Mono, 1964).  This is the album version, which I believe is a slightly edited version of the single version.  Something about a girl with a clock in her stomach, if memory serves...

2. Amateur Show Contestants by Bob Newhart from Bob Newhart Faces Bob Newhart (Faces Bob Newhart) (Warner Bros W1517, Mono, 1964).  I went hunting for Christmas comedy bits that weren't obvious from the track title, and this was what I found.

3. Twelve Days, a sorta funny song parody by The Chad Mitchell Trio from their album Singin' Our Minds (Mercury SR 60838, Stereo, 1963).  This is a rerun from some years ago, and I think the second track from this album I've shared.

4. Reggae Christmas Eve In Transylvania by Count Floyd and his eponymous album (RCA/SCTV MFL1-8501, Stereo, 1982).  I'd heard the track before and had no idea where it come from.  Now it all makes sense...

5. Twelve Daze Of Christmas by Fay McKay from her LP A-Live At The Dunes (MLG Records 1021, Stereo).  A classic.

6. The Frozen Logger by Hank Hill And Tennessee Folk Trio from the budget LP Folk Song Hall Of Fame (Palace PST-716, Stereo, 1960).  Not really comedy, but I little humorous.

7. A Miserable Merry Christmas by Hiram Sherman, Narration By Cyril Ritchard from the educational record Many Voices-Adventures For Readers: Book 1 (Harcourt, Brace And Company XTV 26334/26335, Mono, 1958).  A humorous story that I thought I'd throw in to give this day a little length.

8. The Abominable Snowman by Jonathan Winters from the album Stuff'n Nonsense (Columbia CS 9799, Stereo, 1969).  I think this album compiled bits from his TV show.

9. Christmas Sing Along With Jose-Jingle Bells, a rerun by Jose Jiminez aka Bill Dana from the LP Jose Jimenez In Orbit-Bill Dana On Earth (Kapp KS-3257, Stereo, 1962).  Not very politically correct, I'm afraid.

10. Choo Choo Engine by Louise Binder Scott, Narrator & Lucille Wood, Pianist from their kiddie LP Listening Time Album 3 (Bowmar LT 1003, Mono).  I wasn't sure this was a Christmas track, but the cover sure looked it, so I took a chance, and here you go.

11. A Word About Winter, another great bit of verse from Ogden Nash With Music Composed And Conducted By Glenn Osser from the LP The Fanciful World Of Ogden Nash (Capitol SW 1570, Stereo, 1961).  I wish I had more Ogden Nash in my collection.

12. Me And My Teddy Bear by Rosemary Clooney-Orchestra Under Direction Of Percy Faith, from the collection Children's Favorites (Columbia 10" 33 RPM CL 2569 Playhouse Party Series, Mono, 1956).  It mentions Christmas, so I'm throwing it in here.

13. A Christmas Carol from the great Tom Lehrer and his album An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer (Reprise RS-6199, Stereo, 1959).  Good stuff and a good tune to end on.

Not a bad collection, if I do say so myself.  Certainly more tracks than I thought I'd be able to pull together for a playlist.  Let me know what you think, or if there's anything I missed.  I can think of a few, but I didn't have them handy.