Thursday, December 15, 2016

Stars In Your Ears

This record sat on the top of the pile for years after I ripped it, so I think of it a lot.  I don't remember much about the music, though, because it's not all that interesting.  But there sure are a lot of stars singing in that muddy choir!  Big stand out here is Bob and Dolores Hope singing Silver Bells, a song Bob introduced in one of his movies.  I shared this out way back in 2010, so it's been around for a while now.  Go ahead, give it a listen, this is The Voices Of Christmas With Les Brown And His Band Of Renown-Hark, The Stars Of Hollywood Sing (Coral CRL 757307, Stereo, 1960).  Thanks, Buster!

1. Jingle Bells
2. The First Noel
3. O Come All Ye Faithful
4. Coventry Carol
5. Deck The Halls
6. Winter Wonderland
7. The Twelve Days Of Christmas
8. Silver Bells-Featuring Dolores & Bob Hope
9. The Carol Of The Bells
10. It's Christmas Time Again
11. Gloria In Excelsis
12. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
13. I Wonder As I Wander
14. Good King Wenceslas
15. O Holy Night
16. The Stranger with Silent Night- Featuring Reginald Owen



Buster said...

You're welcome! Your readers may be interested in brief identifications of the people on the cover (most of them anyway):

Les Brown was a well-known bandleader

June Hutton was a pop singer married to Axel Stordahl, who was Sinatra's bandleader for many years.

Reginald Owen was an actor.

Margaret Whiting was a famous pop singer. She and her sister Barbara also had a TV show.

Ken Lane was a vocal arranger and conductor, who also worked with Sinatra.

Sonny Burke was a bandleader who later became a producer (and worked with Frankie).

Jo Ann Greer was a very good vocalist who appeared with Les Brown.

Ed Platt was an actor (Chief on Get Smart).

Dick Noel was a trombonist.

Charles Bud Dant was an arranger and producer for Coral Records.

Lucy Ann Polk was a vocalist who also appeared with Les Brown.

Steve Turner said...

Thanks for posting this uniquely composed album and for the additional info (Buster).

Kurt said...

Great stuff. I love The Hopes' "Silver Bells." We keep "The Lemon Drop Kid" on our DVR and watch the Silver Bells sequence every year. The internet reveals that the song became a hit before the movie came out, so they re-shot a more elaborate Silver Bells sequence for the finished film. It shows.

Kwork said...

Yep. The Bing and Carol Richards, which is my preferred version, was the first recorded one, though the Hope was the first to be performed. Once Bing records something though, all other versions of just about anything go by the wayside. Bing is, and will always be, my personal voice of Christmas.
And, thanks for this disc. Loving all the shares.

Anonymous said...

Really enjoyed this one. Thanks Ernie!