Saturday, December 05, 2020

11-Kiddie Christmas

Christmas is all about the kids, and the music of Christmas is no different. Here is a selection of music and, well, let's call them audio panoramas, that are targeted towards the little ones. But there is still plenty here for adults, too, so don't skip it just out of habit.  There may even be something here that you remember from your childhood. If so, please leave a comment and let me know.  All selections are courtesy of The Internet Archive, as usual this season. Enjoy!


Update-4 Jan 2023-Added tracklist to allow searching.

1. Arizona Cliff Martin, Music Hall Orchestra-Frosty The Snowman
2. Gene Lowell Chorus-Told By Albert Grobe-Pussycat's Christmas-Side 1
3. Russ Carlyle And His Orchestra-Vocal By Phyllis And Jeffrey Carlyle-Santa Claus Looks Just Like My Daddy
4. The Smoothies, Narrator: Barry Thomson-Sing-A-Song Of Christmas-Side 1
5. Jim Ameche-The Story Of The First Christmas Tree-Side 1
6. Dale Evans With The Roy Rogers Riders And Orchestra-Thirty-Two Feet--Eight Little Tails
7. Alice Remson With Piano, Organ And Sound Effects-Tinkle-Tonkle Town-Part 1 (A Christmas Fantasy) 1. Jingling Bells 2. Tinkle-Tonkle 3. The Toy-Maker Man 4. Roly-Poly Robert
8. Rex Irving's Modern Men Of Music-Toy Department
9. Gene Lowell Chorus-Told By Albert Grobe-Pussycat's Christmas-Side 2
10. The Smoothies, Narrator: Barry Thomson-Sing-A-Song Of Christmas-Side 2
11. The Honey Dreamers With Ray Carter & His Orchestra-The Little Bell (That Just Went Ding)
12. Jim Ameche-The Story Of The First Christmas Tree-Side 2
13. Alice Remson With Piano, Organ And Sound Effects-Tinkle-Tonkle Town-Part 2 (A Christmas Fantasy) 1. Tinkle-Tonkle's Residence 2. The Jumping Jack 3. The Train
14. Top Hits-The Chipmunk Song

This version of The Chipmunk Song may be the most recent 78 I bring you all season. The Chipmunk's had their hit with it in 1958, and by that point not many people were pressing 78s. Just kiddie record vendors and budget labels trying to squeeze the last bit of life out of their equipment. I guess the sound effects record from last night may be newer, but not by much.

Checking In

Before the next share drops, I just wanted to check in and see if you had a favorite track yet? I know it's still early in the season, but it seems like the days are flying by and Christmas will be here before you know it. I've got a lot of stuff left in the pile to fill the month in, and maybe the entire twelve days of Christmas. Just keep coming around for more goodies, and let me know what songs you like.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, December 04, 2020


Today I have a little bit of an education for you.  Leroy Anderson's Sleigh Ride is a Christmas classic these days, covered at least once every five minutes by a new artist, with the arrangement rarely straying from the Boston Pops hit way back in the day. But it wasn't really a Christmas song, it was just a winter song that got caught up in the other parts of the season. And it's far from the only song of the sleigh out there. Here are a bunch of other examples of songs about a sleigh, any one of which could have been the one to catch on with the whole world, but in most cases didn't. You occasionally hear a version of Midnight Sleighride, which is really just a rip from a Prokofiev bit. And at least one of these is just Jingle Bells with a slightly longer name. And just for the sake of completeness, I threw in a record of sound effects, so you can make your own sleigh ride record.  Have at it! As usual, all records were originally digitized by The Internet Archive and their Great 78 Project. They do great work over there.


Update-4 Jan 2023-Added tracklist to allow searching.

1. Percy Faith And His Orchestra-Brazilian Sleigh Bells
2. Lloyd Glenn's Combo-Christmas Sleigh Ride
3. The Sauter-Finegan Orchestra-Midnight Sleighride (From "The Lieutenant Kijie Suite")
4. Paul Weston And His Orchestra-Vocal By June Hutton-Sleigh Ride In July (From International Picture "Belle Of The Yukon")
5. Marek Weber And His Orchestra-Sleigh Ride In St. Petersburg
6. Lanny Ross, Tenor, With Orchestra-Sleigh-Bell Serenade
7. The Madcaps With Carl Ford And Joe DiFulvio-Sleighride
8. The Sportsmen-The Sleigh
9. Joe Gumin And His Orchestra-Jingle Bells (The One-Horse Open Sleigh) (Cascabeles)
10. Hal Kemp And His Orchestra-Siberian Sleigh Ride (Paseando En Trineo En La Siberia)
11. Major Records-Sleigh Bells

Thursday, December 03, 2020

Presents For Christmas

In a shameless bit of begging, here's a link to my Discogs wantlist. It's chock full of Christmas singles that I've never heard, or even some that I've heard and liked enough to want a hard copy. Lots of records with a single Christmas track, and even a few Christmas albums that I haven't tracked down yet. And a few non-Christmas records that I thought were neat and added to the list.  Maybe you have one of these laying around and want to send it to know...just sayin'...Christmas is coming. :) I need to go through and clean it a bit, some things I may have already found. But I tend to add more stuff to it than I remove, so it's ever-growing.

09-Christmas Blues

Another day, another selection of Christmas 78s from The Internet Archive. A slightly small set today, but a good one as it features all blues records! Well, at least songs that feature Blue in the title. You'll have to decide for yourself how many of these songs are actually blue enough for you. I think you'll enjoy them all anyway, I was very happy to be able to find so many classic old records to share with you.  Enjoy!

Update-4 Jan 2023-Added tracklist to allow searching.
1. Floyd Dixon With Johnny Moore's Three Blazers-Empty Stocking Blues
2. Jimmy Collett-I Don't Want To Be Alone For Christmas
3. Sonny Boy Williamson-Sonny Boy's Christmas Blues
4. Jo Stafford With Paul Weston And His Orchestra-The Christmas Blues
5. Hugo Winterhalter And His Orchestra And Choir-Blue Christmas
6. Ernest Tubb With The Beasley Sisters-Blue Snowflakes
7. Al (Stomp) Russell Trio-Vocal By Doc Basso-Holiday Blues
8. Sonny Thompson And Orchestra-Sonny Claus Blues

Wednesday, December 02, 2020

08-Ladies Sing Christmas

A nice little selection of Christmas tunes for you today, all with lead vocals sung by female artists. Some people you've heard of before, but I'm sure there are ones here that you're unfamiliar with. Lots of great stuff here, one of my favorite collections so far this year.  Lemme know what your favorite track is down in the comments. I think I have a couple more similar collections coming up, so if you like this one, stay tuned for more! And I know I keep hammering away at this, but I want to make sure you know I'm not taking credit for these shares.  All the raw rips for these records came from The Internet Archive, and their Great 78 Project.  There is so much awesome stuff there, go check them out when you get a chance.


Update-4 Jan 2023-Added tracklist to allow searching.

1. June Winters-Orchestra And Chorus Conducted By Hugo E. Peretti-Christmas In My Heart
2. Hoagy Carmichael And Orchestra-Vocal By Martha Mears With Tudor Williams Quartet-My Christmas Song For You
3. Mindy Carson With Hugo Winterhalter's Orchestra And Chorus-Out In The Cold Again
4. Kate Smith, Orchestra Under Direction Of Jack Miller-Silent Night, Holy Night
5. Shep Fields And His Rippling Rhythm Orchestra-Vocal By Thelma Gracen And Ensemble-Silver Bells (From The Paramount Film "The Lemon Drop Kid")
6. Eileen Barton With The Jimmy Leyden Singers, With Chorus And Orchestra Directed By Norman Leyden-The Night Before Christmas Song
7. Gracie Fields-Soprano, With The Wardour Singers And Bob Farnon And His Orchestra-White Christmas
8. Martha Carson With Chorus And Instrumental Accompaniment-Christmas Time Is Here
9. Molly Bee With Orchestra Conducted By Van Alexander-I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
10. Jimmy Wilber And The Little Band, Vocal By The Three Jills-Jingle Bells
11. Fran Devino With Vocal Chorus-Lonely Old Shepherd
12. Carmel Quinn With Jimmy Carroll's Orchestra And Children's Chorus-Santa's Coming
13. Sister Rosetta Tharpe With Rosette Gospel Singers-Silent Night (Christmas Hymn)
14. Toni Harper With Buddy Cole And His Trio-That's What I Want for Christmas
15. Monica Lewis With Ray Bloch And His Orchestra-The Christmas Song
16. Dinah Shore And Russ Case And His Orchestra-White Christmas

Tuesday, December 01, 2020


A small selection of songs for you today celebrating the first day of December. I thought I had more songs for this collection, but it just didn't work out that way.  Don't worry, there'll be plenty more stuff coming your way this season, all courtesy of The Internet Archive.  And I do mean lots! But for now, just a small handful.  Enjoy!


Update-4 Jan 2023-Added tracklist to allow searching.

1. Lou Dinning With Don Robertson's Music-Blue December
2. Gene Lowell Chorus-December 1
3. Wayne Van Dyne-Eddie Ballantine And His Orchestra-It's December Again
4. Eddy Howard And His Orchestra-Spring In December
5. Gene Lowell Chorus-December 2
6. Gordon Jenkins And His Chorus And Orchestra-Floyd Huddleston, Soloist-December