Friday, December 29, 2017

Five Golden Rings

Some days, even I'm surprised at what I already own but don't know about.  While cleaning out a box I had to move today while getting a new A/C installed, I found a small handful of singles I'd bought at Fantasyland Records in Atlanta a few years back.  The record you see here was in that stack, and I guess I wasn't intrigued enough at the time to play it.  Well, I played it tonight, and it is great!  It's a short cocktail party hosted by Bing Crosby and his special guests are The Lennon Sisters.  All of the music played seems to be from their records, but the spoken word bits in between are great, and Bing reads a short story that I've not heard before.  They also tell us all about how great Country Beautiful magazine is, but it must not have been that great because as far as I can tell, it's no longer with us.  I dated this to 1962 based on the RCA pressing data, and that feels pretty close.  I couldn't find hide not hair of this record on the internet, which is just the sort of thing I love to share with you around here!  I'm sure this came in a sleeve way back when, and I'd love to find that, too, but in the meantime, you can listen to Christmas Party-Holiday Songs By Bing Crosby And The Lennon Sisters For Country Beautiful (RCA Victor Custom Record Dept. 7" 33 RPM NO8Q-4527/4528, Mono, 1962).  FYI, Bing sings White Christmas and God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen here, while The Lennon Sisters sing Winter Wonderland.  There's lots of talking over the music, so I didn't split anything out, it's just Side 1 and Side 2.  Can anyone ID that instrumental version of White Christmas that opens the record?  It's typical late 50's-early 60's sparking Beautiful Music stuff.



Buster said...

Wow - this is something. I just love this sort of promo material, and to have Bing involved, it's outstanding!

Ernie said...

I was pretty excited listening to it, realizing it was unique stuff. I kind of expected audio from a Christmas special, but it's specific to the magazine. Pretty cool!

Kwork said...

Wow! Amazing. Any chance to hear Bing Lennon and the Crosby Sisters is a good thing. Thank you! Yes, my weird mood tonight dictates that I scramble artists names a bit. LOL!

barba said...

from 1952 --- london 45-1280
white christmas
mantovani & his orchestra

nice to hear mantovani in conjunction with the lennon sisters after all the nasty things their younger brother john had to say about him.

Bob said...

Yes indeed..White Christmas features Mantovani.Thanks for holiday happiness!

Ernie said...

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