Wednesday, July 28, 2021

CiJ 2021-Part 4

Day four, feels like it should be the Fourth of July, not nearly the end of the month. Oh well, I could have planned it out better. Maybe next year. Here are a few more new songs for your seasonal listening pleasure.

1. Sleigh Ride by London Variety Theatre Orchestra, Conducted By Thomas Hughes from Leroy Anderson Favourites (SAGA (UK) STM 6020, Mono, 1959). A carbon copy of the Boston Pops arrangement, but I think this was the only version I turned up this year. And you can tell it's from England because of the way they spell Favourites.

2. What Christmas Means To Me by Jerry Clower-Guitarist: Cary Banks from Clower Power (MCA MCA-317, Stereo, 1973). The only comedy bit I found this year, though I guess it's not really humorous. I'll call it a recitation.

3. Oh Bethlehem by The Adult Choir Of The Congregational Church Of Manhasset, New York, Ministry Of Music-Robley And Jean Lawson, from Sacred Music (No Label, G8-OP-8168/8169, Mono, 1956). Well, it's long, I'll give it that.

4. My Favorite Things by Ronnie Gilbert from Alone With Ronnie Gilbert (Mercury MG 20917 For Broadcast Only Not For Sale, Mono, 1964). I don't remember much about this one, so I can't think of anything snarky to say. Oh, Ronnie is a girl, and she takes it really slowly...

5. Born In Bethlehem by The Journeymen from Coming Attraction-Live! (Capitol T 1770, Mono, 1962). I've been on a Mamas And The Papas kick lately, So this was a nice listen. If you get a chance, go watch Echo In The Canyon. Interesting documentary on the music scene that included the M's & P's. Monterey Pop is really good, too.

6. Town Of Falling Snow (Yuki No Furu Machi O) by The Leon Symphoniette from Musical Memories Of Japan (London International SW 99314, Stereo, 1962). I'm a sucker for songs about snow. We don't have any of it in Florida, so I guess that goes a little ways towards explaining my fascination.

7. Lullay, Thou Little Tiny Child by The Bell Singers-Winifred Settle, Director-Janis Haiser, Accompanist from Let There Be Music (No Label FR-703 (Sponsored By Southern Bell Girls Club-Louisville, KY), Mono). I gotta learn to stay away from these homespun choir records. I can't remember the last good song I ripped from one. I guess it happens sometimes, but it's rare.

8. Christmas Cheer Through-Out The Year by Marvin Fried from The Lord's Side #1 Proclaim The Word/The Helen Side #2 (Songs Of Sharon HCS 4179, Stereo, 1979). Now this was an odd looking record. I was pretty stoked to see a Christmas tune on there. Hope it's worth the trouble to download and listen to.

And that's it, another smattering of tunes for you. Enjoy!



Buster said...

You have a little folk thing going on here with Ronnie Gilbert (the Weavers) and the Journeymen (John Phillips and Scott MacKenzie). I have the first Journeymen LP but not the one this song was taken from.

Ernie said...

Huh, I had no idea of the Weavers connection. I need to research these things better. Thanks for the info, Buster. At least I knew who The Journeymen were. :)

Lee Hartsfeld said...

Thanks for these. And I recall some snow (not very much) the two times I was stationed in Pensacola, though I'm sure most of Florida misses out on the white stuff. With all the hurricanes, you deserve some kind of break!

Badgercat said...

Jerry Clower - one of the great, clean comedians of all time. Used to be a featured performer at the Grand Ole Opry and at the Southeastern Conference Media Days WAY back in the day. Thanks for sharing this, Ernie.

Ernie said...

Lee-It's even snowed here in Central Florida a time or two in my lifetime. But a few flakes doesn't really equate to much of a snow experience.

Badgercat-Yes, Jerry Clower was a big time comedian for a while there. Always a good story to be had about the Ledbetter family. I seem to recall a story from my Dad about bumping into him at an airport once. That's pretty much the extent of the story, but exciting to a country bumpkin. :)