Sunday, July 12, 2009

Christmas In July 2009-Day The Twelfth

Are you ready for a little music here on the twelfth day of Christmas, in July, that is. How do I know these are all Christmas songs? Because they all feature the word Christmas in the title. Piece of cake!

Let's begin with Merle Haggard performing Blue Christmas from his tribute to the then recently deceased Elvis Presley, My Farewell To Elvis (MCA MCA-2314, 1977). Good stuff here, and a fitting tribute to The King.

Track two is a cover of a Francis Lai soundtrack song, The Christmas Trees performed by Hollywood Sound Stage Orchestra from their album Love Story And Other Romantic Film Favorites From Film Sound Track Scores (Stereo Gold Award GA-3 1). Now that I know there's a Christmas song from the soundtrack to Love Story, I'll have to track down the real soundtrack LP. Shouldn't be too hard to find.

The last three tracks are all versions of the same song as written by no less than Andrew Lloyd Webber and featured on the soundtrack to The Odessa File (MCA MCA-2084, 1974). Version one of Christmas Dream is performed by no less than Perry Como With The London Boy Singers. Version two is entitled Christmas Dream (Carousel Version) and it's credited to Anthony Bowles And Alan Doggett. The third and final version is called Christmas Dream (German Band) and it's performed by Adolf Stahuber. All three versions are quite good, but I'm particularly proud of the Perry Como version.

There you have it, Five Christmas songs for the 12th of July. Here's the download link, knock yourselves out.


Unknown said...

Thanks for all the great stuff so far, Ernie!

Nobody does Christmas in July like you!

Anonymous said...

Is there any chance that Ol' Fatso from Augie Rios might be part of Christmas in July? Just wondering. Thanks for the great tracks!

Anonymous said...

So where's Ernie? Don't leave us hanging!