Wednesday, December 13, 2006

25 Days Of Christmas-Day 13

Those of you that have spent enough time around my blog realize that I don't think a Christmas tune has to sing about Santa or Christmas or Jesus or Christmas trees. It just needs to have some sort of sense of place that makes you feel something. Context is everything, I suppose. Today's contribution to my 25 Days Of Christmas collection is not really a holiday track, but it has that sort of feel to it. It's an inspirational story about some bells in Chile, made all the better by the fact that the music is by Randy Newman and the narrator is Ricardo Montalban! I read a little about this 45 on the net, but not much. It's not from a movie, and it was never released commercially to my knowledge. This was years and years before Randy Newman had a hit with Short People, and even more years before he became a noteworthy film composer. it was also years before Ricardo Montalban hawked rich Corinthian leather for Chrysler. So please download this rare track and let me know if you think it fits. I'm sure you'll agree. Here's Ricardo Montalban With Orchestra by Randy Newman-La Campanilla (A&M 7" 45 RPM Single 847, 1968). The B-side to this is a strictly instrumental version. Enjoy!

Previous tracks:
Ralph Carmichael-The New Hallelujah
Lawrence Welk With The Lennon Sisters-Santa From Santa Fe
Billy May-March Of The Toys
The Davis Sisters-The Christmas Boogie
Anna Russell-Please Santa Claus
Kathy Dunn-Santaville
The Williams Brothers-The Holiday Season
The Ed Sullivan Orchestra-I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
The Banjo Barons-Jolly Old St. Nick & Jingle Bells
Johnny Brandon-Santa Claus, Jr.
Johnny Mathis-Have Reindeer, Will Travel
The Crew-Cuts-Twinkle Toes