Wednesday, July 01, 2015

The Return of Christmas In July-Day 1

Here's a little surprise for those of you who might still peek at my blog once in a while.  I've got my own little room over at Jen's house, and I'm filling it up with records.  Sometimes I have a minute or two to spare, and I've recorded a handful of tracks that qualify for Christmas in July.  With a little luck, I'm going to try to share those out with you for the next month.  I make no promises as to how many, or how often, we'll just have to see how this goes.  Lots of what I have is re-recordings of things I shared a long time ago, but I also have enough new stuff to make it worth your while.  So here goes...

Day one starts with a new track, The Star And The Wise Men by The Sarasota Messengers Quartet from their LP The Sarasota Messengers Quartet & The Southern Harmony Trio (Record Manufacturing Corporation 8011-47 (Private Press for The Bahia Vista Mennonite Church, Sarasota, Florida), Stereo).  Why not start with something local?

Track two, which I think is also new to the blog, is a medley of Honolulu Punch-Hawaiian Holiday-Mele Kalikimaka by The Banjo Barons-Arranged And Conducted By Marty Manning from Golden Hawaiian Hits (Columbia CL 1983, Mono, 1963).  Nice little medley with just a hint of Christmas thrown in at the end.  Wish I had found this one in stereo, but now I know to look for it.

Track three is a rerun, Skitch Henderson performing Snowfall with The Tonight Show Orchestra, recorded when he was bandleader on the Tonight Show.  Yes, they had a bandleader before Doc.  This is from the LP More Skitch Tonight (Columbia CS 9250, Stereo, 1966).

Track four, another rerun, The Virgin Mary Had A Baby Boy by The George Mitchell Choir-Conducted Be Robert DeCormier (well known for his work with Harry Belafonte) from the album Where Have All The Flowers Gone (Liberty LST-7316, Stereo, 1963).  A good track, well worth a revisit.

And finally, the last track and the last rerun of the night, My Favorite Things by The Norman Paris Quartet from their stab at the soundtrack to The Sound Of Music (Harmony (Columbia) HL 7235, Mono, 1960).  Meh, it's filler.

There you go, here's the download link.  Get it while you can, I make no promises.  Sorry if I sound a little rusty, I've been away from the blog for a long time, it may take me a while to find my footing.

18 comments:

Laurie said...

Ernie! Welcome back! And thank you!

Ronald Sauer said...

Great to have you back. Hope things are going well for you and Jen.
Ron

Buster said...

Hi, Ernie - what a welcome surprise! Hope you are doing well and finding more great records.

Mark Spencer said...

I was hoping you'd return. And here you are! Thanks!

Buster said...

Terrific transfers and an interesting, diverse selection, although I think you are trolling us with the Banjo Barons.

Ernie said...

You don't like the Banjo Barons? That's not the only Christmas track from that LP... ;)

Buster said...

They sound like a less hip version of the Lawrence Welk band, with the addition of banjos (which, not coincidentally, I hate).

Ernie said...

You may not like some of the days to come. Plenty of Lawrence Welk. :)

Badgercat said...

What a nice surprise! Thanks for getting back in the saddle, Ernie. I look forward to what you've got in store for us.

sharxfan said...

Nice to have you back my friend. Treasures surely await!

sandy masters said...

Thanks again as always Ernie.

Mistletoe and Holly said...

It is great to see you during July, Ernie...you've been missed the last couple of summers!!!

Anonymous said...

Great to see you back, Ernie. I can't wait till November.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for coming back to this part of the world. Your offerings are a delight! I'm coming late to the party this year, but it looks like a heck of a party.

Sarah Toombs Smith said...

Wow, deleting other stuff and thought I would take a look. Score! Thanks for the Christmas cheer ... now, where's that grog?

LeanneM said...

So glad to see you back! I don't think I've ever commented, but I've followed you off and on for years. And now I have a whole month of Christmas music to binge all at once! Thanks so much for all the work you put in--it's thankless but I really do appreciate it.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Ernie! I have been segueing your newest additions into my anal, obsessive filing system, and I was wondering if you had a release date (year) for The Sarasota Messengers Quartet? I'm really ridiculous about stuff like that…thanks!

Anonymous said...

Welcome back! Love your shares. Missed your posts.