Monday, July 20, 2020

A Blast From The Past 2

Time for another installment of my best-of series, this time for 2018. So far we've gotten collections from 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 & 2017, and if you've enjoyed those, this one will be no different. It's got all my very favorite tracks from the Christmas In July 2018 season, which you probably don't remember, but it was a good year.  Here's a list of what's in the download.

1) Dr. Buzzard's Savannah Band--Christmas In N.Y.
2) Homer Dennison And The "Night Strings"--Swiss Holiday
3) C. W. McCall--Sing Silent Night
4) Roger Blackburn--Winter Wonderland
5) Reno & Smiley And The Tennessee Cutups--Christmas Time's A Coming
6) Trombones Unlimited Featuring Mike Barone & Frank Rosolino--Holiday For Trombones
7) Bob Hannon With Jerry Sears And His Orchestra--In The Good Old Winter Time
8) First United Methodist Church, Cullman, Alabama-Bell Choir--Silent Night
9) Johnny Otis Orchestra With Little Esther And Mel Walker--Faraway Christmas Blues
10) The High Society--The Secret Of Christmas
11) Bobby Goldsboro--Look Around You, It's Christmas Time
12) Cliff De Young And Group--Winter
13) Brave Combo--O Holy Night Cha Cha Cha
14) Melanie--Merry Christmas
15) Betty Garrett--Yuletide, Park Avenue
16) Ray Rasch And The Pipers 10--Sugar Plum Cha Cha
17) Joe Berl-Music Direction: Joseph Berlingeri--We Need A Little Christmas
18) John Fahey--Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel
19) Merle Travis--Merry Christmas, Pretty Baby
20) The Ringing Bells-Rachael Kuivinen, Director--Yuletide Is Here Again
21) Willie Dittrich--Jingle Bells/Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
22) The Ventures--Nutty
23) Asa Duncan And Frank Sullivan-Sung By All The Kids--Have A Merry Christmas Day
24) Edmundo Ros And His Orchestra--That Man Over There
25) The McLain Family Band--Christmas On The Farm
26) Sleepless Nites--Children Go Where I Send You
27) Shari Lewis With Lambchop And Charley Horse--Sleigh Ride
28) Skitch Henderson, His Piano And The Stereosonic Strings--Snowflakes
29) June Christy-Orchestra Conducted By Pete Rugolo--Love Turns Winter To Spring
30) Six Fat Dutchmen--Jolly Sleigh Ride
31) The Impressions--Long, Long Winter
32) Tedd Smith, Piano--Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring/The First Noël
33) Pedro Vargas-Henri Rene Y Su Orquesta--Blanca Navidad
34) Unknown Artist--Bells
35) Naval Academy Drum And Bugle Corps--Auld Lang Syne
36) Chris Connor And Maynard Ferguson--Happy New Year

Something in there for everyone, and all of it stands up to repeat listens. This is the best I have to offer, so download it and give it a listen.  This is The Very Best Of Christmas In July From Ernie (Not Bert) 2018!

PS-This isn't my best cover ever, but I needed a Christmas picture and happened to remember this. It's from a small Christmas shop inside what may be the kitschiest tourist trap in all of South Florida, The Shell Factory. Located in North Ft. Myers, it's full of weird little roadside attractions that probably haven't changed since 1952, including a Christmas store where I found this TV tableau. If I'd known I was going to use it for a cover, I think I would have composed the picture a little better.


MOQChoir said...

Ernie! Dude! Man! I could just fill up a USB with your Best Of collections and be set! Every time I get one together and make copies to go in the cars, you post another one! I can't keep up!

Super-magnitude stratospheric THANKS for sharing! You make the summer great!

Ernie said...

Thanks. Hope you enjoy it. It's a labor of love. :)

Buster said...

I used to work with Joe Berlingeri's daughter. I probably told you that back in 2018. Anyway, thanks for this this excellent compilation!

Ernie said...

I believe you told me that you transferred his LP to digital for her. A nice reminder that all these albums were made by real people, and many of them or their families are still out there somewhere.

underdog73 said...

WOW, all these best of in July comps are amazing. Thank you!

Ernie said...

Thanks. I'm kind of partial to them myself. :)

Ernie said...

I was in the store this weekend where I shot that cover image a few years ago. They must have sold the TV because I couldn't find it in there. It's legacy will live on in my compilation. :)