Friday, July 14, 2017

Christmas In July 2017 Day 14

Fourteen days in a row, I'm on fire!  No, really, I'm on fire, somebody come over and spray some water before all this vinyl starts melting and I drown!  OK, I'm obviously delirious from staying up too late recording music.  So I'm gonna share some Christmas music and hit the hay.  What have I got for you tonight?  Let's have a look...

1. Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year, another one by Leslie Uggams-Arranged And Conducted By Glenn Osser, from the album So In Love! (Columbia CL 2071, Mono, 1963).  Need to dig this one up in stereo.  And I need to dig up two Christmas singles that Leslie recorded for MGM back in the day under the name Leslie Crayne.  I believe they were also reissued as a single EP once she became a little better known.  Anybody care to hook me up with a hard copy?

2. Winter Moon by the legendary Hoagy Carmichael With The Pacific Jazzmen-Arranged And Conducted By Johnny Mandel from what I think was his last LP, Hoagy Sings Carmichael (Pausa 9006 (reissue of Pacific Jazz PJ 1223, 1957), Mono, 1982).  Good stuff.  I only know of one true Christmas song by Hoagy, and it took me forever, but I eventually found a 45 of it as performed by The Mills Brothers.

3. Blue December by Gordon Jenkins And His Orchestra from the album Gordon Jenkins' Almanac ("X" (on sleeve) Vik (on label) LXA-1026, Mono, 1955).  Interesting collection of songs, one for each month of the year.  Another one I may go back and revisit in it's entirety after the month is over.

4. March Of The Toys by Ethel Smith from Ethel Smith's Toy Parade (Decca 10" 33 RPM DL 5283, Mono, 1951).  I still need to go back through and compare these older versions to the newer ones to see if they are the same or re-recordings.  She re-released a lot of her stuff time and again, so much so that I don't know what's what.

5. Ave Maria by Connie Francis from her tribute to JFK, In The Summer Of His Years (MGM SE 4210, Stereo, 1963). Don't think I've had this one in stereo before, but I could be mistaken.

6. Skater's Cha Cha by the great Claude Thornhill And His Orchestra from his album Dance To The Sound Of Claude Thornhill And His Orchestra (Decca DL 78878, Stereo, 1958).  Yes, he did songs other than Snowfall.

7. Divertissement De Chocolat, another track from Tchaivoksky's Nutcracker Ballet performed by Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler, Conductor, pulled from the album Khatchaturian-Masquerade/Tchaikovsky-The Nutcracker (RCA Victor Red Seal LM 1029 (Reissue of 78 RPM set DM-1164), Mono, 1946).  Excellent stuff, as always from these folks.

8. Go Tell It On The Mountain by Bill Mann With The Concert Orchestra Of Stockholm, title track from the album Go Tell It On The Mountain (Word W-3321-LP, Mono, 1965).  Good stuff here.

9. Jesus Born In A Manger by Aunt Theresa Worman from Aunt Theresa's Stories (Super Recordings SR-2026, Mono).  Well, they can't all be good, can they?

And that's it.  I'm tired.  Good night.  See you again tomorrow, I hope.



Buster said...

It seems to me I came across a Leslie Crayne record once upon a time, but I feel sure it wasn't a Christmas song.

I don't think I have that Gordon Jenkins LP!

Ernie said...

I've never done the research to see what else she may have released under that name. I suppose I should. And I can't believe there's an album out there you don't have! Now I have to record it! If I can find what I did with it...

Laurie said...

Just got back from a trip and can't wait to dig into all the days I missed - looks like some great stuff, Ernie!

Buster said...

Ern - Thanks, but before you put stylus to vinyl, let me check to make sure I don't have that album.

I thought you were going to sleep.

Ernie said...

Hi Laurie, welcome to the party! You've only missed the first half, there's still time to catch up.