Saturday, December 19, 2020

26-Country Christmas

Another day, another set of great Christmas shares from the deep collection of The Internet Archive. The theme today is Country music, and it's a great set of twangin' Christmas songs that will either set your toes to tappin' or your eyes to weepin', depending on the exact song playing at the moment. This is a bit different than the previous collection of Christmas on the Range, but that collection also featured some great country songs as well, so you can play the two sets together for even more enjoyment. I'm not sure why Christmas music and country music have such a strong connection, but it's an undeniable one, as you'll see. Please be my guest and enjoy a country Christmas!


Update-5 Jan 2023-Added a tracklist for searchability.

1. Kenny Roberts With Instrumental Accompaniment-Christmas Roses
2. Zeke Clements And His Men From Music Mountain-Christmas Star
3. Homer And Jethro-I Saw Mommy Smoochin' Santy Claus
4. Bill Mooney And His Cactus Twisters-Jingle Bells
5. Martha Carson With Chorus And Instrumental Accompaniment-Peace On Earth (At Christmas Time)
6. Red Foley With The Anita Kerr Singers-Put Christ Back Into Christmas
7. Rex Allen And His Arizona Wranglers-The Empty Christmas Stocking
8. Elton Britt-The Skater's Yodel
9. Gil Downs With 4 Hits And A Miss-The Winter Song
10. Cowboy Copas, Vocal With String Band-White Christmas
11. Ray Smith-An Old Christmas Card
12. Jesse Rogers With The Saddle Buddies-An Old Fashioned Christmas
13. Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith's Sensational Trio (Formerly Rambler Trio)-Guitar Jingle Bells
14. The Pinetoppers With The Marlin Sisters-Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
15. Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys-Vocal By Jack Lloyd-Santa's On His Way

The Last Recap

As I've now done for 2019, 2018 & 2017, here is a list of the stuff I shared out after Christmas in 2016 that you may have missed. This was my first year back to blogging after taking a few years off to try and spend Christmas with my girlfriend.  That worked out well, but she didn't, so I came back to the Christmas blogging world. Hopefully these shares are still there for your enjoyment (but you will need to look in the comments for a MEGA link, the other download links are long defunct). And don't forget I shared out a lot of music before Christmas in all these years, too, I'm just thinking a lot of people quit visiting after Christmas and thus missed these.

Lawrence Welk-Jingle Bells (Two versions, each with a different track!)
Seeburg Christmas Music Album (A handful of 45s, probably for BGM or jukebox play, not one of their demo LPs)
Muzak-Joy And Peace To You (The harder of the MUZAK Christmas albums to find, in my experience)
Paul Carson-Music For Christmas (Organ on cool red vinyl)
Earl Grant-Swingin' Christmas b/w Christmas Card (Possibly the best share of the year, and I didn't get it out until after the holiday, but that's how these things go)
Music Box Wonderland-Christmas With Rita Ford's Music Boxes (Because you need more music box music)
Hugo & Luigi With Their Children's Chorus-The Sound Of Children At Christmas (I had to huint long and hard for this one in stereo, I hope it was worth the hunt)
The Voices Of Walter Schumann-Christmas In The Air! (The other Walter Schumann Christmas album...)
Robert Rheims-Merry Christmas Carols-Organ And Chimes By Robert Rheims (Ten full inches of organ and chimes, for people who can't take the whole twelve inches)
Christmas Eve In The Cathedral (Part of a long series of Christmas music from the Westminster label)
Westminster Choraleers-Christmas At Home-Let's All Sing Carols (More from Westminster)
The Jim Cullum Jazz Band-'Tis The Season To Be Jammin'! (Some jazzy sounds)
Dr. Irma Glen-Christmas Miracles Now! (Now I'm betting you've never seen this one before!)
The Spitfire Band-Home For The Holidays (Another record you don't see everyday, and better than that last one)
Truman Capote Reading His A Christmas Memory From "Breakfast At Tiffany's" (In case you forgot that Breakfast At Tiffany's has a Christmas connection)

Tex Beneke And His Orchestra-Star Dust (Not really Christmas, but it was a Christmas gift from RCA Victor at one time)

And that's where the 2016 season left off in the first few days of 2017. Not as much as other years, but not too shabby.  Should be some good stuff in there, and new to you if you missed it the first time around.  Again, look in the comments, that's where the active download links should be. If not, lemme know and I'll repost what I can. Enjoy!

Friday, December 18, 2020

The Return Of The Dragon

Ten years ago, I led off the Christmas season with this soundtrack from a filmstrip I'd never seen, but I was lucky enough to have the record of the soundtrack. And then today I get a comment on that old post from somebody who had remembered the old share and then dug up the actual filmstrip!  Well, a video of it, so I'm going to try and post my first video here at the blog, if I can figure it out. If you want to listen to just the music, here is a reshare of Lollipop Dragon Helps Santa b/w Thanksgiving In Tum Tum from the series Holiday Adventures Of The Lollipop Dragon (Singer/SVE L 106-4RR, Mono, 1971).
And here is a video of the filmstrip, I hope...
Nope, just a link.  But you can follow it and see the video on Facebook.

25-Ladies Sing Christmas 2

It's been a while since we've heard from the ladies of Christmas, so here's a second helping from those songbirds that were such a hit earlier. I see that I somehow ended up with three versions of White Christmas in this batch, I guess that was a popular track for the ladies to sing. As usual all the selections are sourced from The Internet Archive, and we thank them for their generosity in making this stuff available. Anything here I should draw special attention to? Well, the conductor backing up Helen Forrest is Earle Hagen, who I believe was responsible for the theme to The Andy Griffith Show. You don't see too much of him. That's all I can come up with for today.  Enjoy!


Update-5 Jan 2023-Added a tracklist for searchability.

1. Kate Smith, Orchestra Under Direction Of Jack Miller-Adeste Fideles (Oh, Come All Ye Faithful)
2. Mindy Carson With Orchestra Conducted By Andrew Ackers-Button Up Your Overcoat (From The Musical Production "Follow Thru")
3. Teresa Brewer With Chorus And Orchestra Directed By Jack Pleis-I Just Can't Wait Till Christmas
4. Ella Logan-Orchestra Under Direction Of Bill Harty-Jingle (Bingle) Bells
5. Dinah Washington-Silent Night
6. Monica Lewis With Ray Bloch And His Orchestra-White Christmas
7. Sister Rosetta Tharpe With Rosette Gospel Singers-White Christmas
8. Big Maybelle With Ernie Wilkin's Orchestra-White Christmas
9. Bob Chester And His Orchestra-Vocal Refrain By Betty Bradley-Winter Weather
10. Gracie Fields-Soprano, With The Wardour Choral Group And Bob Farnon And His Orchestra-Christmas Love
11. Helen Forrest-Orchestra Conducted By Earle Hagen-Snowman
12. Les Brown And His Orchestra-Vocal Chorus By Doris Day-The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)
13. Kitty Kallen-Orchestra Directed By Jack Pleis-The Spirit Of Christmas (The Official 1954 Christmas Seal Sale Song)
14. Dinah Shore-Choir & Organ Under The Direction Of Harry Zimmerman-The Star Of Bethlehem
15. Connie Boswell With The Lyn Murray Singers-When Christmas Is Gone

One Week Warning

Time for another desperate plea for comments, errr, I mean, another chance for you folks to chime in and tell me what your favorite songs are so far this season. There's only a week left before the big day, and things are only going to get more hectic from here on out. So take a bit of time this weekend to relax and listen to some of this great music that you've downloaded, then let me know if you have any favorites. Spent some time buying Christmas presents for the cats last night, and they had a huge light show at the mall that was nice. Soundtrack was all Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Brian Setzer and remakes of the same two or three late fifties hits. Not sure if you could do a light show to old 78s, but I'd love to see someone try. :)

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Post-Christmas Rush 2017

Continuing on with my plan to bring your attention to some old shares that came out in the weeks after Christmas, this is a list of the shares from 2017 into 2018. It's a shorter list than 2018 or 2019, but I figure the rarity of these singles will make up for the lack of quantity.  The Zippyshare links have long since expired, but if you check in the comments, you should find good links to MEGA. I put those links in there two years ago, but I don't think many people noticed. You should always check the comments, and it never hurts to leave a comment as well while you're there.  :)

V-Disc No. 48

Camille-White Christmas b/w Snowbelle

Bob Daniels & Abundant Life Choir-Season's Greetings From Oral Roberts

Booker T. & The M.G.'s-Winter Snow b/w Silver Bells

Jewel Lombardo-Christmas Melody b/w Christmas Lullaby

Christmas Party-Holiday Songs By Bing Crosby And The Lennon Sisters For Country Beautiful

Paul O'Keefe-(Santa Claus) What Would You Like For Christmas b/w A Baby In A Basket

Mike Douglas-Happy Birthday, Jesus b/w Mike Douglas Chorale-Happy Birthday, Jesus

Bobby Star-Jake The Flake b/w Vel-Mars-Jingle Bells

Jose Ferrer-Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus b/w The Ferrers-Conducted By Darol Rice-Santa's Marching Song

Jimmie Davis-Christmas Choo Choo b/w I Love To Ride With Santa Claus

Vic Damone, Arranged & Conducted By Norm Geller With The Sal Carson Orchestra-Christmas In San Francisco b/w Christmas In San Francisco-Live Performance

Eddie Lawrence-That Holiday Spirit b/w The Merry Old Philosopher

(Sorry, the Eddie Lawrence doesn't seem to be available anymore...)

And that's it. Short but sweet that year, I think I was ripping and sharing in real time, which can be tough on the old life. It's good stuff, though, so check it out!