Sunday, December 24, 2006

25 Days Of Christmas-Day 23

Here is another track from this massive compilation of Christmas tunes called One Hundred Favorite Songs Of Christmas (MCA Special Markets SR 8726 DXS 504). (The other track I shared from this compilation is here.) Whenever I need an interesting tune, I know I can find something interesting in here. Shame that the quality of the tracks is pretty poor due to their cramming 100 tracks on 8 sides... The track I want to share with you today is a version of what was my favorite Christmas song for many years. I had no idea that anyone other than Lenny Dee had ever recorded it, but someone at FaLaLaLaLa showed me the error of my ways. This wasn't the version they mentioned, which means there is yet another version out there somewhere. The life of a completist is never easy. Here's a great track for my 25 Days Of Christmas collection, Dorothy Collins-Mister Santa. Dig that great xylophone action! (I recorded this track five different ways, and processed it half a dozen more ways, but I still think the recorded sound is much thinner than what I was hearing when I played the vinyl. It's in fake stereo, which I thought might be the problem, but recording it in stereo or mono didn't seem to make any difference. Anybody have an idea what may be going wrong here? It doesn't sound bad, but it doesn't sound right, either...) One more track later today and I'll be all caught up on my compilation!

Previous tracks:

Connie Canuso-Somebody Painted Rudolph's Nose A Chocolate Brown
Sandy Offenheim-If Snowflakes Fell In Flavours
Up With People-Jingle Bell Beat
The Ames Brothers-Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
Jimmy Boyd-Santa Got Stuck In The Chimney
Lou Monte-Italian Jingle Bells
Les Paul-Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
The Harmonicats-Winter Wonderland
Steve Allen and Ricky Vera-Can I Wait Up For Santa Claus?
Ricardo Montalban & Randy Newman-La Campanilla
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


Anonymous said...

It was also recorded by Sandler & Young. I never knew anyone else performed it. This is a very bright and lively performance.

Stephen said...

It was written by Pat Ballard, who based it on his own song, "Mr. Sandman". Both were written in 1954. Good luck on your quest to find other versions, Ernie!

Anonymous said...

I'm trying to find the year that Dorothy Collins recorded this song. I'm one of those guys who needs to have a correct year in the iTunes track information. Any help would be appreciated.

Ernie said...

I'm afraid I can't help you on the year for this one. Whenever I have that info available, I try to post it, and put it in the ID tags.

Anonymous said...

My reference book for Christmas tunes says this version was released in 1955 on Coral.

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