Friday, December 08, 2006

25 Days Of Christmas-Day 8

Doesn't look like a Christmas album, does it? That's because it's not. But a sharp-eyed observer would notice a short track entitled 'Please Santa Claus' listed on the back. That's what I did, and I found an interesting little track to share with you. Anna Russell made a career of lampooning music, both popular and non-popular, prior to her death this year in October. In this song, she's making fun of Christmas tunes sung by precocious little children. I don't know the exact date of this LP, but it's mid to late 50s, so the charts would have had some things like 'I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas' or 'The Chipmunk Song' at the time. I removed the spoken bits, leaving just the song, which is barely a minute long, even with the applause at the end, so don't be surprised when it ends. So for today's contribution to my 25 Days Of Christmas CD, here's Anna Russell, International Concert Comedienne, With Jimmy Carroll And His Miserable Five-Please Santa Claus from A Square Talk On Popular Music or The Decline And Fall Of The Popular Song (Columbia Masterworks ML 5036). Enjoy! (This track showed up on a recent re-issue from Ms. Russell. Go get it here. Mine is taken from the original vinyl, of course.)

Previous tracks:
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

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