Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Nine Ladies Dancing

Tonight's share is brought to you courtesy of Mr. Rosemary Clooney, Jose Ferrer!  As near as I can tell, this was Jose's second Christmas record.  The first he shared with Rosie, but this one seems to be all his.  Well, not all.  The flipside is ambiguously credited to "The Ferrers", which sort of implies maybe he and the Mrs. and some kiddies sing on it, but all I can hear are some generic kids.  So I'm thinking that was just a marketing gimmick.  Anyhow, this is a nice bit of Christmas music from one of my favorite labels, though it's more spoken than sung.  Ferrer was an actor, not a singer, that's why he chose a recitation here, and a famous one at that.  Nice picture sleeve, too!  Please enjoy Jose Ferrer-Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus b/w The Ferrers-Conducted By Darol Rice-Santa's Marching Song (RCA Victor 7" 45 RPM 47-7823, Mono, 1960).

Looks like his son, Miguel, passed away in 2017. He was a regular on NCIS: Los Angeles. I wonder if he was one of The Ferrers on the flip side?


  1. Thank you Ernie. This is a nice little record, and the Yes Virginia poem has always been a nostalgic favorite of mine since I first heard it as a kid.
    Virginia herself, reading the poem in her old age:

  2. And, I have to say, "Santa's Marching Song" has got to be one of the happiest of Christmas songs I've heard all season! Love it!

  3. jake the flake - suzy snowflake - rosemary clooney - jose ferrer. amusing how these things work. when i was small, a couple of older boys told me there was no santa claus, and laughed at my stupidity for believing in such things. crying, i went to my mother for confirmation and soon there were phone calls to other mothers and bottom line, those older boys got punished. but times being what they were, i was a marked munchkin. and it wasn't long before those guys caught up with me and started... well, inappropriately contacting me with their fists and threatening retribution of a more permanent nature should i decide to squeal. today, this would all be front page news. actually, the fact that it took place over 60 years ago doesn't seem to matter much. it might still be front page news. at least as important as imminent nuclear war.

  4. Thanks so much for posting this! This is one of my favorite versions of "Yes, Virginia," but the mp3 I've had for several years is in pretty rough shape. I've also never heard the b-side.

  5. New link for 2018...


    Merry Christmas!


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