Saturday, August 19, 2017

Chanukah In August 2017 Day 1

Shalom, and welcome to Chanukah in August, an occasional series around here that follows Christmas in July whenever I've managed to scrape together a few Chanukah songs to share.  And as Luck would have it, I've got some for you.

1. Introduction-The Blessings
2. Oh Chanukah
3. Ma-Oz Tzur (Rock Of Ages), all by Abraham Davis from Jewish Holidays In Song (Tikva T-60, Mono).  Tikva seems to have been one of the larger labels serving the Jewish community.  I don't see a lot of their stuff, but I see enough of it to think it was bigger than some of the other labels putting out similar stuff.

4. Burn Little Candles
5. Lights Of Chanuko
6. A Latke, all by Sing For Fun Club Of Flushing Free Synagogue, New York, from the LP Sing For Fun!-36 New Songs For Jewish Children (Union Of American Hebrew Congregations, No Number, Mono, 1957).  There may be 36 new songs on here, but they are all extremely short.  And there was a little book in the sleeve with all the lyrics!  Those things usually get separated from the album over the years and I rarely see them.

7. Chanukah: Sheleg Al Ha'aretz; With Our Candles In Hand; I Have A Little Dreydl; S'vivon by Gladys Gewirtz & Eve Lippman from the album Mother Goose Songs For Jewish Children/Holiday Playsongs (Menorah Records MEN-211, Mono).  I was really excited when I found this in a Baltimore-area Goodwill earlier this year, but then when I started recording my Christmas in July stuff, I discovered I already had a copy in the stacks.  So it goes...

8. My Dreydl
9. Joyous Chanukah, both by Silver Burdett Records from Making Music Your Own-Kindergarten Record IV (Silver Burdett Records 75 180 4, Mono, 1966). Yep, this record featured both Christmas and Chanukah music!

10. Chanukah Is Here by Alan Mills from Holiday Songs (Bowmar B 2055 168, Stereo, 1966).  Another album that you may remember from Christmas in July.

11. Dreidel by Don McLean from the self-titled album Don McLean (United Artists UAS-5651, Stereo, 1972).  Not really very Chanukah-ish, but I figured that a dreidel was closely enough tied to Chanukah that I could get away with including it here.

And that's it for today.  I'll be back tomorrow with another handful of tracks for you.  I don't think it's going to be nearly as many as Christmas in July, but we'll get a couple days out of it.



Buster said...

You're just full of pleasant surprises!

Kwork said...

Oo, why not? Thank you for the Chanukah bonus! Always interesting as I know next to nothing there, so it's all new except for any occasional repeats.

mel said...

Thanks, Ernie for Day 1.