Monday, July 16, 2007

Christmas In July 2007-Day 16

Hooray! It's finally the half-way point of our giant Christmas In July celebration! I think it's been a lot of fun so far, with some really great music shared out that might otherwise be lost to the dustbin of history. OK, well, maybe it's not that bad, but you get the picture. Great stuff today that I'm really excited to share. Track one is the excellent Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer Cha Cha from the great Hugo Winterhalter And His Orchestra. I found this on an Italian version of the LP Hugo Winterhalter Goes...Latin (RCA Italiana LPM-10036, 1958). The Brazilian release of this same LP (RCA Victor LSP-1677) does not feature this track, instead featuring the track Isabel's Dream. (Don't ask me how I wound up with the Italian and Brazilian pressings of this LP...) I've no idea why, but at least now I get to hear and share this great track. (There's a lot more Hugo Winterhalter to download (1, 2, 3) from last Christmas, if you're interested...) In keeping with the cha-cha-cha, track two is Toyland Cha Cha Cha by Fred Sateriale's Big Band from the LP Cha, Cha, Chas-Merengues-Mambos-Broadway Latin American Party (Spin-O-Rama MK 3038). It may be a budget label, but I still love this track. The last track, unfortunately, is just filler. I'm afraid couldn't find a third cha-cha-cha song for you. So it's another version of Toyland, this time by Tony Cabot And His Silver Strings from Romance In Hi-Fi-The Music Of Victor Herbert (Promenade 2053). This is from yet another budget-label release, but I'm not really in love with this one. Sorry. I think the first two tracks more than make up for whatever this third track may lack. Here's the link, enjoy the tunes!

July 16th last year was an all-Mancini day, so if you missed it then, be sure you don't miss it now.

1 comment:

Stephen said...

I like your themed posts, Ernie, and this is no exception. Good to hear some cha cha versions to go with the mambo versions of Christmas songs we've heard. Thanks!