Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Return Of Christmas In July-Day 30

In previous years, I've saved all of my New Year's themed tracks for the last day of the month, but I had so many of them this year, I'm splitting them up over two days, today and tomorrow.  And I've got seven different tracks for each night, so that's a lot of tracks!

I'm starting off with a plethora of Auld Lang Syne, the most popular of New Year's songs.  This first version is by Ivor Raymonde from his LP Scottish Sing-Along (London International Series SW 99027, Stereo, 1962).  The second version is Tom Glazer With Jeffrey Alden-Orchestra Conducted By Tony Mottola from the kiddie LP I Like Holidays! (RCA Camden CAL-1055, Mono, 1964). The third version is from that thrift store staple The First Family (London Records (UK) HA-A 8048, Mono, 1962).  Somehow, I found a UK copy, I can't explain it.  Anyhow, this one is performed by Vaughn Meader, Naomi Brossart, Norma MacMillan & Earle Doud.  I can't tell you how many times I've looked at this LP without really picking it up and checking for Christmas music.  One day I did, and there it was. The last version for tonight is actually a medley of Auld Lang Syne and Happy Birthday performed by the greatest crooner of them all Bing Crosby, ably assisted by the Ken Darby Singers And Victor Young And His Orchestra from the small LP entitled Auld Lang Syne (Decca 10" 33 RPM DLP 5028, Mono, 1949).  This version was easy to spot since it involved the title of the album.  I love the easy ones!

Starting into the other tracks, we've got another tall tale from Johnny Bond, this one entitled New Year's Day, again from the LP 10 Little Bottles And Other Tall Tales And Songs For Boozers! (Starday SLP 333, Mono, 1965).  I'm afraid this one isn't much better than the one I shared earlier this month.

Up next is The McGuire Sisters take on Happy New Year, a rerun around these parts but worth revisiting.  The LP is Children's Holiday (Coral CRL 57097, Mono, 1957).

And last up is Fred Waring And The Pennsylvanians doing Let Us All Sing Auld Lang Syne, which I probably should have listed above, but it's sorta kinda not the same song.  This is a rerun, and it's from the album Alma Mater Memories (Capitol ST1949, Stereo, 1963).

And I think that's it for tonight.  Be sure to come back tomorrow for part two of the New Year's songs.  Oh, almost forgot, here's the download link for tonight.


Buster said...

Even though I was an adolescent when Vaughan Meader had his brief time in the spotlight, I can't say I have ever heard the First Family LP. I sure have seen it plenty, though!

Mistletoe and Holly said...

Truer words were never spoken than your comment that "The First Family" LP is a thrift store staple. I guess comedy in general (and 60's comedy in particular) doesn't age well, as I also see lots of Bill Cosby, Brother Dave Gardner, Smothers Brothers, Shelly Berman, etc. Anyway, thanks for the holiday tracks.