Thursday, January 16, 2020

In The Woods

Here's another single to drag the Christmas season out with.  Not much info about this one, hoping maybe one of you can suss out some details beyond what I found over at Discogs. If you look up this record over there, it's the only entry for the Woodman family.  But if you follow the writer of both of these songs, Edward O. Harriman, you'll see that he has another record where he wrote two songs, and it turns out to be the same two songs, just performed by a different artist, Patti Delaney. At least she shows one other entry besides these two Christmas songs.  I'm leaning towards song poem here, but it's probably too good for that, and the label doesn't scream ripoff.  Again, if anyone knows anything here, please leave us some info in the comments.  This is Dea Woodman & Woody Woodman Combo-Big Red Sleigh b/w On Another Christmas Day (Rockland 7" 45 RPM RI 2318, Mono, 1964). Huh, just noticed that 45cat puts this is 1966 instead of 1964...

MEGA

3 comments:

Kwork said...

Thank you very much. I leave for a few days and come back to more Christmas gloriousness to catch up on. This is appreciated.

JustaJeepGuy said...

"Big Red Sleigh" should have been a well-known holiday number. Thanks for this one, Ernie!

Stubby said...

As near as I can tell from 15 minutes on Google, Edward Harriman (aka Edward O. Harriman) was a poet and author of children's books. Most of his books were published in the 70s, but the 1967 book "Leroy The Lobster And Crabby Crab" seems to be a popular favorite. Several of his books were Christmas themed (though not "Leroy The Lobster"). Whether Edward attempted song writing or someone else attempted to adapt one of his poems I can not say. Rockland was not a song poem label. It was an independent label based in Rockland, Maine (and, later, Lewiston, Maine). Several of their releases were picked up for national distribution by Laurie Records (the same folks who released "Snoopy's Christmas" by The Royal Guardsman). And one release from the Rockland studios which might be familiar to Christmas music obsessives is Jud Strunk's Christmas record, "The Santa Song" (aka Santa's coming in a Moto-Ski).