Thursday, July 02, 2020

Christmas In July 2020-03

What day is this?  Oh, it's only the second day of the month.  Seems like I should be further along than this.  It's going to be a long month, isn't it?  OK, let's get this party started.

1. Song Of The Bells by Maurice Abravanel Conducting The Utah Symphony Orchestra from Fiddle Faddle And 14 Other Leroy Anderson Favorites (Vanguard Cardinal Series VCS-10016, Stereo, 1967).  You really can't go wrong with Leroy Anderson.

2. Halleluia Chorus From The "Messiah" by Notre Dame Glee Club-Professor Daniel H. Pedtke, Conductor from The Notre Dame Glee Club (MGM E3212, Mono, 1956).  A college glee club, but on a major label.  Interesting.  They must have been awful good to get a contract.

3. Hot Toddy by Eddie Osborn At The Wurlitzer Pipe Organ from Fabulous Eddie-Just For Kicks (Replica 33x511, Mono).  Not much Christmas content on this one, by certainly seasonal.  You wouldn't enjoy a hot toddy on a hot summer night.

4. The Shepherd's Song by Salvation Army 1000 Voice Chorus-Female Voices, Flute-Songster Susan Handscombe, Piano: Captain Joy Webb, With String Ensemble, from Salvation Army 1000 Voice Chorus (Word WST-8466-LP, Stereo, 1969).  There's some good stuff out there on the Word label, but you have to dig for it.

5. Snowbird by Coleen & John from Coleen & John (U.A. Recording UA-FSD-1190, Stereo). I could be wrong, but I don't think this is the United Artists label...

6. O Magnum Mysterium by Lakewood High School Symphonic Choir from Sixth Annual Albion College Invitational Choral Festival (Delta DRS81-128, Stereo, 1981).  Second day and I'm already pulling a second track from this LP.

7. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas by Air University Band Maxwellaires, Vocal Solo-A1C Sally Bus, Trombone Solo-Tsgt Dave Van Allen, from Air University Band's 42nd Anniversary Glenn Miller Christmas Concert (United States Air Force 510081X (Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, AL), Stereo, 1985).  Wow, a real bonafide Christmas song!  And it's a military record, you know how I love those.  Good stuff here!

8. My Favorite Things (From "The Sound Of Music") by Eydie Gorme from Eydie Gorme Sings The Great Songs From The Sound Of Music And Other Broadway Hits (Columbia CL 2300, Mono, 1965).  You can't go wrong with a little Steve & Eydie, though there's no Steve around this one.  I'm sure he wasn't far away though.

9. Toy Symphony I-Allegro by Paul Kuentz-Paris Chamber Orchestra from Haydn: Toy Symphony-Clock Symphony (Decca Gold Label Series DL 10090, Mono). The first of several parts.  Not sure why I didn't dig up a date for this one.

10. Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming by St. Louis A Cappella Choir from The Lutheran Hour (RCA Victor LPM-1863, Mono, 1958).  I think this record was connected with a radio program of the time.

11. Holiday For Flutes by David Rose And His Orchestra from The Very Best of David Rose-David Rose And His Orchestra Play The Compositions Of David Rose (MGM SE 4155, Stereo, 1963). Another artist who always brings his A game!

12. Snowman Polka by Razzberry Reynolds And His All-Star Polka Band from Beer Barrel Polka Time (Bel Canto SR/1003 Transparent Blue Vinyl, Mono, 1957).  You know you can't go more than a few days without a polka around here.  Get up from in front of the computer and dance along!

13. O Holy Night by Regina High School Chorus-Ms. Marianne Antonich, Director, from Christmas & Spring Concerts 1977-1978 (Melody Recording KM 2623, Stereo, 1978).  More homemade music from your local high school.  Would you like to buy a copy of our record so we can take a senior trip to Six Flags?

14. Gloria From Missa In Honorem Sancti Dominici by The Modern Choir-Directed By Warner Imig from The University Of Colorado And The College Of Music Proudly Present Songs By The Modern Choir (Recorded Publications 32M-32181/32182 (Dedicated to Miss America of 1958, Marilyn Elaine Van Derbur), Mono).  If memory serves, and it's been months since I recorded this, Miss America 1958 was a member of this choir when she was crowned, thus the dedication.

15. I Saw Three Ships by Frankford High School A Cappella Choir-Robert G. Hamilton, Director from Ambassadors Of Song '63-'64 (Acoustic Arts Recording Studios LP 151 (Philadelphia, PA), Mono, 1964). Another local homemade recording.  I don't always know where these groups are from, but if I do, I try to put a note in the comments.  Every once in a great while, I'll get a note from someone who's either in the chorus or went to that school, or maybe their parents were in the group.  Those are always nice.

And I think that's it for now.  Hope there's something in here you can enjoy.  Download link below.


MOQChoir said...

Ernie, maybe the best part of going through your posts (besides listening to the music) is how I get to share them with folks I know who, for their own various reasons, are interested in one item or another due to family, school, or other connections. Thanks for your shares, man!

Ernie said...

Living in Florida, I'm able to collect records from people who retire here from wide swaths of the country. I can't imagine there would be a wider selection of school, church and senior choir records anywhere else in the country. :)

Buster said...

Following up on your comment, I suspect that Lakewood High School record is from Ohio. I lived in Lakewood for years. The Regina High School record may be from around here as well. My sister graduated from the local Regina.