Monday, July 16, 2012

Christmas In July 2012-Day 16

Today marks the last day of the first half of Christmas In July!  16 days down, 16 more to go!  And it's a theme night, too!  Most of the songs have nothing to do with Christmas, but they feature the word Holiday in the title!  Oh, and the last couple of tracks are barbershop.  Things get weird around here sometimes, I can't really help it.  So let's dive in!

1. Allah's Holiday by Domenico Savino And His Orchestra from the LP Music For A Perfect Day (RCA Camden CAL 357, Mono, 1958).  You might recall Mr. Savino's excellent Christmas album that came in both mono and stereo flavors, that oddly enough, weren't the same...

2. Bugler's Holiday by The Four Saints & The John Scott Trotter Orchestra from the rather curious LP Life Throws A Party (Life Magazine In Honor Of The 53rd Annual Meeting Of The Grocery Manufacturers Association, Mono. 1961).  Weird little item, this.

3. Busy Holiday, a great rerun from our friends The Three Suns and their album Twilight Time (Rondo-lette A14, Mono).  This is a reissue of some music The Suns recorded for the Majestic label way, way back in the day.

4. Holiday by The Anita Kerr Singers from the album All You Need Is Love (Warner Bros WS 1724, Stereo, 1967).  This is a version of the Bee Gees song, in case you wondered.

5. Holiday For Percussion from Dick Schory's Percussion Pops Orchestra and the album Holiday For Percussion (RCA Victor "Stereo Action" LSA-2485, Stereo, 1962).  I went on a roll tonight and recorded a handful of tracks from Mr. Schory that I hope to share out before the end of the month.

6. Holiday For Strings by Jimmy Dorsey And His Orchestra from the collection The Great Jimmy Dorsey (Decca DL 8609, Mono, 1957).  If I wanted, I could record a hundred different versions of this one song by David Rose, but I try to limit it's inclusion here.  I think I recorded two versions this year, so you'll get another one between now and the end of the month.  Wait for it.

7. Holiday For Trombones by Trombones Unlimited Featuring Mike Barone & Frank Rosolino from the LP Holiday For Trombones (Liberty LST-7527, Stereo, 1967).  Another track by David Rose, but not the same song.

8. Holiday In A Hurry, oops, another song from Dick Schory, this time as Dick Schory's New Percussion Ensemble, taken from the classic album Music For Bang, Baa-Room And Harp (RCA Victor LSP-1866, Stereo, 1958).  This one's written by Skitch Henderson.

9. Hong Kong Holiday by Robert Maxwell And His Orchestra from the collection Spectacular Is The Sound For It! (MGM E3883, Mono, 1960).  I thought I had this in stereo, but I guess not.

10. March Of The Dwarfs by Percussion, Brass, Strings And Winds Of The Philadelphia Orchestra-Eugene Ormandy, Conductor, from the album Holiday For Orchestra! (Columbia Masterworks MS 6757, Stereo, 1965).  No, it doesn't have holiday in the title of the song, but it's in the title of the album.  I think that counts.

11. Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers from Richard Hayman And His Harmonica Orchestra and his album Harmonica Holiday (Mercury PPS 6005, Stereo, 1961).  Again, it's in the album title, so it counts!  Rerun!

12. The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot, a rerun title here from The Sun Tones and their album A Touch Of Gold (Sunrise LP 2309, Mono, 1961).  In case you don't remember this, it's a great barbershop take on a great song I first heard by Vera Lynn at the beginning of Pink Floyd's The Wall.

13. The Twelve Days Of Christmas by The Gentlemen's Agreement from Final Edition (Harmony Enterprises GA 103, Stereo), another great track in that barbershop style.  This on'es new to the blog, but I'm sure it'll turn into a classic.

And that's that.  Some good stuff in there.  I hope you've enjoyed the first half of the month, but I've got plenty more to share with you in the second half, it may even be better!  So keep coming back, and tell your friends!  See you right here tomorrow night!



Stubby said...

30 days hath September....except July which has 32?

Not that I'm complaining.

Ernie said...

Well, there's almost always a bonus day and you can't forget about Chanukah in September! :)

Mitchell Kezin said...

Hey Ernie,
THX for all the hard work on Christmas In July...but a special SHOUT OUT to you for discovering (and sharing) a cover of "The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot" by The Sun Tones, that I was not at all aware of. It was the Nat King Cole version that I grew up with. My fave is the version by A Girl Called Eddy, and I'm aware of Vera Lynn's take, as well as Johnny Adams and this cool one by Jimmy Ray & Southern Serenader's (on Bluebird 78, 1937)

So, anyhow, many thanks for Christmas In July and all your efforts to bring us such awesome music !