Friday, July 23, 2021

July The Twenty Third

Well, well, well, what do we have here?  Looks like a brand new compilation featuring the very best of Christmas in July from 2020!  And it's been less than a year since I stopped sharing stuff out last season, so this has to be some sort of new record. The tracklist is another great sampling of all the stuff I shared during the season. I've been listening to it for a month or more now, and there are some real great tracks here. This was a season when I recorded a lot of demo albums for school band music publishers, and that's where a lot of the unknown artist tracks came from.  Some of those are also short and truncated, but they were some good songs I felt were worth sharing.

1. Dick Marx, Piano, And Johnny Frigo, Bass…Sleigh Ride
2. John McGee…Christmastime In Florida
3. Dennis Farnon And His Orchestra…Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year
4. Kraft & Alexander…March
5. Dave Harris And The Powerhouse Five…Siberian Sleigh Ride
6. Kokee Band…My Favorite Things
7. The Metro Strings (AKA MGM Studio Orchestra)…Christmas
8. Unknown Artist…Santa's Coming
9. Frances Lai…The Christmas Trees
10. Jimmy James…All I Want For Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth)
11. Marni Nixon…Funny Little Snowman
12. Unknown Artist…Snowtime
13. West York Area High School Percussion Ensemble…Holiday For Percussion
14. John Ylvisaker…Joseph
15. Charlie Fox And The Ring Of Sound…Greensleeves
16. Frankford High School A Cappella Choir…You Better Watch Out-Edit
17. Lenny Seidel-Pianist…Angels We Have Heard On High
18. The Östlund Family…The Christmas Story
19. The RCA Electronic Music Synthesizer…Oh, Holy Night
20. The Gabriel Sisters-Mary Lou, Connie Joe, Colleen…Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers
21. Lloyd Reese And The Solid Rock Chorus…Sweet Little Lord Jesus
22. The World Vision Korean Orphan Choir…Jingle Bells
23. Reid Nibley…The Shepherds And The Star
24. Ekseption-Royal Philharmonic Orchestra…Ave Maria
25. Frank Chacksfield And His Orchestra…White Christmas
26. The Babes…Disco Toyland
27. Unknown Artist…The Nutcracker
28. Lutheran High School West Brass Ensemble…God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
29. King Curtis…Swingin' Shepherd Blues
30. David Webb…The Marvelous Toy
31. The Handbell Choir Of St. James Methodist Church…Westminster Carol
32. John McCutcheon…Christmas In The Trenches
33. Air University Band Maxwellaires…Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
34. Liv Ullmann & Rock Hudson…Baby It's Cold Outside
35. Anita Bryant…X Has No Word For These Bible Stories
36. Long Island Banjo Society…Bells Of St. Mary's
37. Bob Johnson And The Lonesome Travelers…Auld Lang Syne


If that cover image looks familiar, there's a reason for that. I took the picture during the 2019 Christmas season when I happened to find myself in NYC and insisted on multiple trips to see the tree at Rockefeller Center. I would have gone back more, but I got sick and spent the last couple days in bed before I had to catch a flight home. But why is the picture familiar? Because it's been featured on multiple Christmas album covers over the years, including a couple I've shared around here. Cool to see that they still have very similar angels to those shown on this 1956 cover!  (Are all those albums by Dick Leibert? I guess they are.  He was long the organist at Radio City, right around the corner from this display, so I guess that's why he chose to use it so frequently.)

PS-All the Christmas in July shares from 2020 should still be posted if you feel like downloading them. I believe you can start here and work your way through all of them.  And there are a lot of them! Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

July The Twenty First

Here's the next edition of the somewhat annual Best Of Ernie (Not Bert) compilations.  This is the latest version to have been shared out, coming out in 2020 and chronicling the 2019 Christmas In July season.  It's another great batch of Christmas music from non-Christmas albums, and sure to become another favorite in your collection. It's a pretty long one, probably wouldn't fit on a CD, but who burns CDs anymore? Hope you enjoy it!

01. Unknown Artist...Let's Go Get Our Christmas Tree (01:31)
02. The Harmonaires...The Song Of The Snow (01:36)
03. Tom Glazer...Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (02:58)
04. Esther Williams And Ricardo Montalban...Baby, It's Cold Outside (02:31)
05. George Hamilton IV...Song For A Winter's Night (02:54)
06. Children From New York Public School 24...I Believe In Santa Claus (03:00)
07. J & K...Troika (00:28)
08. Walter Gieseking...Children's Corner Suite No. 4: Snow Is Dancing (02:04)
09. Vera Lynn...The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot (02:55)
10. Bobby Bond...Snow Balls In July (02:07)
11. Bethany College Choir...Nu Ar Dei Jul Igen (01:23)
12. Jack De Mello And His Orchestra...Dance Of The Menehunes (02:37)
13. Eileen Donaghy...Christmas Time In Ireland (02:48)
14. New York Percussion Trio...Sleigh Bells (02:00)
15. Mahlon Merrick And His Orchestra...Snow Flurries (02:48)
16. The New Swing Sextet...My Favorite Things (03:38)
17. Redlands High School Concert Choir...Carol Of The Bells (Ukranian Carol) (01:19)
18. Jimmy Jenson...Jingle Bell Rock (02:05)
19. The Irish Rovers...The Marvelous Toy (02:34)
20. The Modern Folk Quartet...Riu Chiu (01:44)
21. Ella Jenkins...Winter (01:15)
22. Unknown Artist...Joy To The World/Good King Wenceslas/We Wish You A Merry Christmas (02:19)
23. Sally Niven, David Cryer & The Women...My Holiday (02:53)
24. Ithaca College Band...Holiday Parade (02:20)
25. The Lutheran Church Of The Good Shepherd...A Joyous Glad Noel (02:17)
26. Crescent Temple String Band...Toyland (01:40)
27. Paul Bley Trio...Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (03:36)
28. Little Johnny Everything And His Sister Judy...The Story Of Christmas (01:41)
29. Robert Q. Lewis And The Star-Time Kids Chorus...Jingle Bells (00:39)
30. Wheaton College Men's Glee Club...The Sleigh (01:03)
31. National Lampoon (Christopher Guest, David Hurdon, Gilda Radner)...Kung Fu Christmas (03:52)
32. Jack Kane And His Orchestra...Ski Trail (02:24)
33. Wonderland Chorus...Winter Wonderland (02:12)
34. Mojo Nixon...Transylvanian Xmas (00:37)
35. Jamall Badry...Some Children See Him (03:16)
36. Guitar Magic...Jingle Bells (01:40)
37. Poplar Hill Development School...See The Flakes Of Fleecy Snow (02:06)
38. Dolf Van Der Linden Und Sein Metropol-Orchester...Holiday In Hollywood (02:49)
39. The Harlequins...A Winter Romance (04:00)
40. Gayle Moran...Christmas Song (01:19)
41. Unknown Artist...Be A Santa (02:42)
42. Sister Jean, P.M. With Orchestra...My Favorite (03:03)
43. The Salvation Army Band...The Spirit Of Christmas (Christmas Carol) (02:41)
44. Mel Tormé With The Page Cavanaugh Trio...What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? (03:03)


Monday, July 19, 2021

July The Nineteenth

What year am I up to? I forget where I'm at. Oh, 2018, says it right there below the TV.  Should have looked there in the first place. Another year, another great compilation, but one that really runs together in my mind with the previous one, since I put both of them together at the same time. I posted both of them just a few days apart back in 2020, so most likely had all the tracks burned onto a single CDR in MP3 format, and listened to them in the car on constant repeat. Many of the songs are seared into my brain from that long listen, but I left it in the player because it was such a good selection of songs. You should download it an give it a listen, I'm sure you'll agree.

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

A bit of a rarity here in that I've got two songs right there together at the end for New Year's. I usually try to stick to just one, but I must have had two really good ones this year.  Enjoy!

Saturday, July 17, 2021

July The Seventeenth

Time for yet another installment of The Best Of Christmas In July from Ernie (Not Bert), this time from 2017. It was a long time ago (even though it turns out I didn't post the collection until last year), so the music is a little hard to remember, but at least I can remember when I found St. Nicholas Avenue. It was up on the northern end of Manhattan Island, somewhere in the parts that still retain a bit of a Dutch influence after all these years. I knew as soon as I took the pic that it would wind up on a Christmas In July cover, and sure enough, here it is! Some finds are just that easy. The music is a nice long collection of stuff that was new in 2017, and I'm sure you'll enjoy it.  Go give it a listen and I'll see you again in a couple of days.
1) Vic Damone-Arr. & Cond. By Norm Geller-The Sal Carson Orch.--Christmas In San Francisco
2) Mieke And Nina--Sint Nicolaas Potpourri (St. Nicholas Medley)
3) The Ringers On-The-Green--Fum, Fum, Fum
4) Bob Lowry With Joseph Kahn-Piano--Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers
5) The Wyld Ryce Band--Christmas In Your Heart
6) Ted Heath And His Music--Baby Doll (Theme From "Baby Doll")
7) Earl Grant With Chorus And Instrumental Accompaniment Directed By Thurston Frazier--Children Go Where I Send Thee
8) Silver Burdett Records--African Noel
9) Friends Of Fiddler's Green (Bob & Evelyne Beers, Martha & Eric Nagler And The Boyer Family)--The Peace Carol
10) The Goodies--Father Christmas Do Not Touch Me
11) Jose Melis, His Piano And Orchestra--March Of The Flowers
12) Glenn Yarbrough--We Won't Freeze
13) Hugo Montenegro, Moog Synthesizer Performed By Eddie Kalehoff--A Hazy Shade Of Winter
14) Gloria Lynne With The Earl May Trio--On Christmas Day
15) Kitty Kallen & Richard Hayes--Silver Bells From The Paramount Picture "The Lemon Drop Kid"
16) Jo Stafford With Orchestra Conducted By Paul Weston--I Wonder As I Wander
17) The Somerset Strings--The Bells Of St. Mary's
18) Leslie Uggams-Arranged And Conducted By Glenn Osser--Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year
19) The Kermit Leslie Orchestra--Walking On Ice
20) The Murk Family With Accompanist-Arranger Betty Bowman--Winter Medley: The First Snowfall Of The Winter; Winter Wonderland; Frosty The Snowman; Let It Snow; You Belong To Me; We've Got Our Love To Keep Us Warm
21) The Big Band Swing Sound Of Charles Bud Dant Featuring Singing Instrumentals By The Clark Sisters--March Of The Toys
22) Harry Koenig--White Christmas
23) The New Singing Sergeants With The US Air Force Band--We Need A Little Christmas, From "Mame"
24) Liz Anderson--The Spirit Of Christmas
25) The San Sebastian Strings-Narrator: Gene Merlino, Vocal Solo: Anita Kerr--When Winter Comes
26) The Singers Unlimited--Snowfall
27) Anne-Charlotte Harvey Accompanied By E. Craig Ruble, Stephen Gammell And Maury Bernstein--När Juldagsmorgon Glimmar (When Christmas Morning Gleams)
28) B. Bumble & The Stingers--Nut Rocker
29) Adele Addison And The Jubilee Singers--Go Tell It On The Mountain
30) Country Joe And The Fish--Dirty Claus Rag
31) The Tokens--Perhaps, The Joy Of Giving
32) Arlo Guthrie--The Pause Of Mr. Claus-Edit
33) Frederick Fennell, Eastman Wind Ensemble--Christmas Festival
34) Tony Fontane--Christmas
35) Jimmy Newman--Blue Lonely Winter
36) Toni Arden With Chorus And Orchestra Conducted By Earl Sheldon--Ave Maria
37) Pete Seeger--Allelulia/Joy Upon This Earth
38) Frank Chacksfield And His Orchestra--Adeste Fideles March
39) Trio Shmeed-Orchestra Conducted By Don Costa--Winter Time
40) Joe Harnell And His Trio--Sugar Plum
41) The Norman Luboff Choir--Still, Still, Still (Austria)
42) Zacharias And His Magic Violins--Northern Lights (Nordlicht), Polka
43) The McNulty Family--Miss Fogarty's Christmas Cake
44) Guitar Magic--God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
45) Gordon Jenkins And His Orchestra--Blue December
46) The Lions--Happy New Year Twist (Auld Lang Syne)

Thursday, July 15, 2021

July The Fifteenth

Today marks the halfway point of the month, and this is more than halfway through my old Christmas in July collections. Not sure how this is going to end, but planning ahead was never my strong suit. I think this is my favorite cover of all the collections, it's simple but effective. Great shot of some Christmas bulbs in a box on a table of Christmas decorations at the local Salvation Army store. I wasn't even thinking about a cover shot when I took the photo with my cellphone, but I thought about it later when I was looking for a pic, and here it is. The overlay across the bottom was inspired by a reissue series some label was doing a few years ago, it may have been a removable piece of plastic on the actual CDs, but in my version, it's just a transparent white overlay. At the end of the day, it made a great cover and I'm proud of it (unlike that hack job from yesterday...). This collection of Christmas in July tunes from the 2015 season first came out in 2016, which is really quick for me. Do the tunes hang together after all these years? I think so.  Looking through the tracklist, I can remember many of them, so they at least made an impression. Give it a spin, and let me know what you think!

1. The Arthur Lyman Group-Greensleeves
2. Jimmie Davis-Going Home For Christmas
3. Blossom Dearie With Bob Dorough-Baby It's Cold Outside-Live
4. Chet Baker And The Carmel Strings-Christmas Song
5. Johnny Kemp-Christmas Time In Nassau
6. Bob Vernon-Go Tell It On The Mountain
7. The Marshall Family-Children, Go Where I Send Thee
8. Judy Holliday & Gerry Mulligan-It Must Be Christmas
9. The Clark Sisters-I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
10. Duane Eddy-Long Lonely Days Of Winter
11. Turk Murphy-Santa Claus Blues
12. The Anita Kerr Singers-Snowbound
13. 101 Strings-The Sound Of Christmas
14. The Bek Brothers-The Virgin Mary
15. The Airmen Of Note With Nancy Wilson-What Child Is This
16. Leslie Uggams-Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year
17. Chuy Reyes And His Orchestra-Rumba De Fleur
18. Sue Brason-Chanukah (Is Here At Last)
19. The Louis Castellucci Military Band-Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers
20. Marlene Dietrich-Der Trommelmann
21. Doris Day-Christmas Story
22. The King Sisters And The Children-Chree-See-Mus
23. Connie Francis-Ave Maria
24. Red Carter-Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
25. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Choir-O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
26. James A. Miller-Little Baby Jesus
27. Les Brown And His Band Of Renown-Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
28. Jimmy Joyce-Department Store Santa Claus
29. Tom Glazer With Jeffrey Alden-Auld Lang Syne Parody


Tuesday, July 13, 2021

July The Thirteenth

Well, what can I say about that cover... It's certainly not my favorite I ever did. I think I had just recently finished scanning an album I wanted to share on the Word label, so I just took the record label and ran with it. Clearly, I didn't run far enough. I didn't even spend any time trying to match the font color to the original.  Sigh. They can's all be winners. And even better, I duplicated a Merle Haggard track on here from the 2009 best-of. Hopefully there's some good music on here to make it worth the download. There were four long years between 2012 when I shared out these tracks during Christmas in July and 2016 when I finally shared out the best-of. That may be a record. I can be lazy sometimes, what can I say? Here's a list of the tracks, no links I'm afraid, as I'm too lazy busy.

1. Dennis Hinman-Christmas In July
2. The McGuire Sisters-Be A Santa
3. Hap Miller-Sun Vally Twist
4. Nina-Do You Know How Christmas Trees Are Grown?
5. Hal Blaine-Love-In (December)
6. Gaylord & Holiday-Italian Christmas Song
7. Elton Britt-The Skater's Yodel
8. Rosemary Clooney-Me And My Teddy Bear
9. Jerry Murad's Harmonicats-Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite
10. Monte Kelly-Snow-Snow
11. Shirley Temple-That's What I Want For Christmas
12. The Camarata Contemporary Chamber Orchestra-Traineau (The Sleigh Ride)
13. The Gentlemen's Agreement-The Twelve Days Of Christmas
14. Ogden Nash-A Word About Winter
15. The Chad Mitchell Trio-Super Skier
16. The Alley Singers...Phil Stern And Al Brennan-Jingle Bells
17. Jim Mandell-The Reason Everybody Likes Christmas
18. The Guitars, Inc.-Snowfall
19. Jane Morgan-Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
20. The Dukes Of Dixieland And Clara Ward-Children Go Where I Send Thee
21. Neal Hefti-White Christmas
22. John Davidson-Snowbound
23. Ichiro Masuda Qunitet-Frost Flowers
24. Hugo Winterhalter-Blue December
25. Joe Bushkin-Everyday Is Christmas
26. Merle Haggard-Blue Christmas
27. Leo Addeo-June In January
28. The American Breed-Powder
29. The Harry Simeone Chorale-The Toy Drum
30. Vincent Price-A Visit From St. Nicholas


Sunday, July 11, 2021

July The Eleventh

I'm posting late, but I'm still getting this job done. This was probably the biggest collection of music I'd ever shared, a full two CDs worth of Christmas in July, and I think it holds together just as well as any of the shorter collections. You'll get a lot of listening pleasure out of this one from 2011.

1. Lena Horne-Sleigh Ride In July
2. Count Basie-Summer Frost
3. The Sportsmen-Jingle Bells
4. Lew White-The Wedding Of The Painted Doll
5. Carolyn Hester-Virgin Mary
6. Red Nichols-Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers
7. Morgana King-'Twas The Night Before Christmas
8. The Carnegie Pops Orchestra-March Of The Little Lead Soldiers
9. Paul Anka-I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
10. Ira Ironstrings-Hot Toddy
11. Carmen McRae-Winter In May
12. Gerry Robichaud-Snowflake Breakdown
13. Jane Morgan-Toyland
14. Bent Fabric-The Drunken Penguin
15. Jackie Kannon-Santa Claus Calling
16. Ian Whitcomb-Reindeer-A Ragtime Two-Step
17. Grand Fantastic Strings-Troika
18. The Cuff Links-Put A Little Love In Your Heart
19. Laurence Naismith, Janis Paige & Fred Gwynne-Pine Cones And Holly Berries
20. Floyd Cramer-Our Winter Love
21. Sylvia De Sayles-Warm Winter
22. Living Brass-A Hazy Shade Of Winter
23. Pope John Paul II-On A December Night
24. The Wesleyan Ringers-Joy To The World
25. James Walker-Chipmunk Song
26. Charles Dorian-Dancing Snowflakes

1. Perry Como-My Favorite Things
2. Jacky Noguez-A Marshmallow World
3. The All Churches Children's Choir-Luther's Cradle Hymn       
4. Leroy Anderson-Clarinet Candy
5. Idlers-Brothers Lift Your Voices
6. Johnny Pecon-Snowflake Polka
7. Danny Kaye-Jingle Bells
8. Living Strings-Sleigh Ride
9. Tommy Roe-It's Now Winter's Day
10. 101 Strings-Fuyu Geshiki (Japanese Snowflakes)   
11. Joanie Sommers-Winter In New England
12. Pee Wee Hunt-The Iceman Cometh (Skater's Waltz)   
13. George Hamilton IV-Natividad (The Nativity)
14. Lawrence Welk-Holiday Waltz
15. Hap Palmer-Hanukkah
16. Los Admiradores-Greensleeves
17. Arthur Godfrey-The First Snow Of Winter
18. Russ Case-The Doll Dance
19. Ted Schumate-Dann Reno Jazz Quartet-Christmas Time Is Here   
20. Drexel Park Presbyterian Church Senior Choir-Carol Of The Bells   
21. Cicero Pig-December
22. Judy Collins-Christ Child Lullaby
23. Roger King Mozian-The Bells Of St. Mary's
24. Tinker Reason-The Christmas Song
25. Art Gilmore-New Year's Eve At Time's Square


 Well, I've got half of them linked to the original post. I need to go back and finish them, but I'm tired. Maybe later...

Friday, July 09, 2021

July The Ninth

July goes a lot more slowly when you aren't trying to rip and post a dozen records a day. Here we are on day nine and it feels like it's been a month already. Not sure how I was able to keep up most years, but that's just the way it goes sometimes. You never know what you're capable of until you do it. So here's a little something I did for you back in 2010. Boy, that seems like an awful long time ago. It's another great collection of songs from Christmas In July, some common things, some uncommon things. I remember when I first go into Christmas music, I enjoyed the usual songs played on the radio, but I quickly began to look for the oddball stuff, the things you didn't hear every year, both unique versions of familiar carols and songs you hadn't heard before but still sounded like Christmas. And that led to what has become a lifetime of collecting this stuff. I'm betting that a majority of the stuff on this collection is new to you (or was when I first shared it back in 2010). It was mostly new to me then, too, but now it all seems like familiar comfort music that puts me in the holiday mood year after year.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

01. Brook Benton-Go Tell It On The Mountain
02. Dickie Goodman-Santa And The Satellite, Part 1
03. Paul Whiteman & Orchestra With Jack Teagarden & Johnny Mercer-Christmas Night In Harlem
04. The Bellwethers-Ukranian Carol Of The Bells
05. Julius La Rosa-We Need A Little Christmas
06. Hal Mooney And His Orchestra-I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
07. The Bill Shepherd Singers-Christmas In Killarney
08. The Daughters Of The Cross-Mary's Little Boy Child
09. Edmundo Ros And His Orchestra-My Favorite Things
10. Richard Robinson & William Reeve-Jingles, The Christmas Clown
11. Matt Dennis-White Christmas
12. Jo Ann Castle-Skater's Boogie
13. Johnny Winter-Please Come Home For Christmas
14. The Gooding Band Organ-A Little Boy's Christmas
15. The Dunster Dunces-Winter
16. Gaylord Carter-Jingle Bells
17. Dickie Goodman-Santa And The Satellite, Part 2
18. Dimitri Tiomkin-Toy Trumpet March; Christmas Morning
19. Sammy Davis, Jr. And Carmen McRae-Baby It's Cold Outside
20. Fred Karlin-Christmas
21. Doug Setterberg & Stan Boreson-Winter Wonderland
22. The Jackie Davis Trio-The Christmas Song
23. John Klein-Hanukkah Song
24. The Kennedy Space Center Chorus-We Can't Go Wrong
25. Richard Ellsasser-Sleigh Ride
26. Teresa Brewer-Jingle Bell Rock
27. The Paul Mauriat Orchestra-The Little Drummer Boy
28. Irving Fields And His Trio-Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers
29. Hugo Winterhalter-A Marshmallow World
30. Frank Sinatra-White, The Young In Heart
31. Fred Waring And His Pennsylvanians-Let Us All Sing Auld Lang Syne


Wednesday, July 07, 2021

July The Seventh

Hope you folks are enjoying this walk through the long history of Christmas in July here at Ernie (Not Bert). I know it may be boring to those of you who've been around these many years, but it's a nice little primer for the new folks. And I'm really proud of some of these old collections.  Each one is a nice collection of Christmas tunes that you're fairly unlikely to stumble across elsewhere. Some of these things now are so familiar to me that I can't help but think of Christmas when I hear them, so I'm a little biased when I call them Christmas music. I hope you'll agree with me after listening to everything in context and seeing how it all fits together in the mix. Well, it's not like I spent a lot of time trying to sequence these collections. I just try to alternate instrumentals and vocals while not repeating the same songs or artists over and over again. And even those rules get broken sometimes. I also try not to repeat songs on the best-of's, but I think I've found at least one track that appears twice, though the name escapes me. I discovered it when I put all the best of collections into a single playlist, then sorted it by artist.  Kinda jumps out at you then. Anyhow, this is a collection of songs I discovered and shared in  2009.  I hope you'll find something exciting here to listen to, and it takes you back to those simpler times a decade ago before we all had to worry about our condos collapsing or global warming creating bigger & badder hurricanes. As usual, the linked songs below will take you to the day they were first shared, though I'm sure those old shares are long broken.

1. The Weavers-Santa Claus Is Coming (It's Almost Day)
2. John Klein, Orchestra And Chorus By Leo Addeo-Sweet Nutcracker!
3. Perry Como With The London Boy Singers-Christmas Dream
4. 101 Strings-Ski Run
5. Larry Chesky And His Orchestra-Sun Valley Polka
6. Johnny Dyno-Jingle Bells-Polka
7. Tom T. Hall-Christmas Is
8. Skitch Henderson, His Piano And Orchestra-I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
9. The McGuire Sisters With Orchestra Directed By Dick Jacobs-Children's Holiday
10. The Honolulu Symphony Orchestra Conducted By George Barati-Mele Kalikimaka
11. Roger Miller-Footprints In The Snow
12. The Duluth Accordionaires, Directed By John Copiskey-Brazilian Sleigh Bells
13. Lockhart Cougar Chorus-Will The Real Santa Please Stand Up
14. The Merrill Staton Voices-That Man Over There
15. David Rose And His Orchestra-The Sad, Sad Rocking Horse
16. Eddie Albert-Let There Be Peace On Earth
17. Fay McKay-Twelve Daze Of Christmas
18. Dick Shawn, Arranged And Conducted By Milton DeLugg-My Favorite Things
19. Jane Morgan-The Marvelous Toy
20. Anna Russell With Eugene Rankin And Arthur Hoberman-Let Us Hang The Holly
21. The Ray Charles Singers-A Toy For A Boy
22. Jack Shaindlin Conducting The Cinerama Symphony Orchestra-Hup-Sa-Sa
23. Leroy Anderson-Song Of The Bells
24. Merle Haggard-Blue Christmas
25. Kurt Wege & His Orchstra-Sleigh Ride
26. Ernie Maxwell-The Bells Of St. Mary
27. Esquivel, His Piano And His Orchestra-Snowfall
28. Ray Bohr-Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers
29. Polyphon Music Box-Silent Night
30. Jimmy Soul-Rockin' Santa
31. Eddie Lawrence, The Old Philosopher-What Do You Want For Christmas



Huh, this collection doesn't seem to have a New Year's Eve track at the end, I must not have been able to find anything good to share that year. No Chanukah track, either. Must not have been a good year for the holiday records.

Monday, July 05, 2021

July The Fifth

Hope you had a great Fourth Of July yesterday!  Here's your chance to have a great Fifth Of July with some great old Christmas music.  This is a fine collection of favorites, all shared out during the summer of 2007, though I didn't put together a Best-Of until 2009.  Good things take time, and I'm often very lazy when it comes to such things. Looking through the track list brings back some fond memories of old favorites, alongside some things that I don't really remember. I guess I need to go through and give it a good listen to bring myself back up to speed. I'm sure you'll enjoy it if you give it a listen, so here is The Best From Ernie (Not Bert)'s Christmas In July 2008-Because It's Hot Our There. They don't all have subtitles, I don't know when I started or stopped that.  Weird little thing I felt I needed to add because the cover has absolutely nothing to do with Christmas or Winter or anything. Well, I suppose it is indicative of July here in Florida, but no one is going to know that.

01. Sauter-Finegan & Their Orchestra-Sleighride
02. Homer & Jethro With June Carter-Baby, It’s Cold Outside
03. Ted Heath & His Music-Alpine Boogie
04. The Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra-Blue Christmas
05. The Real Thing Steel Band-Hallelujah Chorus
06. Brass Of The Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra-Deck The Hall
07. Ray Conniff & The Singers-I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing
08. The San Sebastian Strings With Rod McKuen & Anita Kerr-And Everyday Was Christmas
09. Erwin Halletz & His Orchestra-Hungarian Sleigh Ride
10. Greg & Steve-Jingle Bell Rock
11. Pearl Bailey-Jingle Bells Cha Cha Cha
12. Joe Cain & His Orchestra-I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm Cha Cha Cha
13. Ken Griffin-Kringle’s Jingle
14. David Whitehall & His Orchestra-Holiday Parade
15. The Sun Tones-The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot
16. The Four Rascals-I’ll Be Home For Christmas
17. The Pipes And Drums Of The Military Band Of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards-The Little Drummer Boy
18. John Graas-Land Of Broken Toys
19. Jack Fina-Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers
20. Edmundo Ros & His Orchestra-The Skater’s Waltz
21. The Johnny Mann Singers-Snow
22. The Gene Lowell Chorus-Winter Song
23. Ahmad Jamal-Snow Fall
24. Georgia Gibbs-Looks Like A Cold Cold Winter
25. Joe “Fingers” Carr-Snow Deer Rag
26. Walter Carlos-Three Dances From Nutcracker Suite
27. Tomita-Snowflakes Are Dancing
28. The Modern Jazz Quartet-Variations On A Christmas Theme
29. The Chad Mitchell Trio-The Virgin Mary
30. Jack Conner-What Child Is This
31. Dennis Farnon & His Orchestra-Winter Wonderland
32. Bert Kaempfert & His Orchestra-Auld Lang Syne


Saturday, July 03, 2021

July The Third

Another year in the making, this is a collection of the very best track from my 2007 celebration of Christmas in July.  Further reflection tells me that I made a mistake in my post about the 2006 collection, so I'll straighten out the record now.  I had put together the tracks, but my friend CaptOT made the cover. And moving forward through time, I kept selecting my favorite tracks, and I started throwing together a cover as well. Sometimes they were fitting, sometime they were just something I could bash together in a hurry. I like this cover, since it's actually spines from some of the records that I had featured during the month. Not sure if it's spines for songs that actually made the best of or not though. Anyhow, here's the tracklist, and you can always follow the link back to the day I first shared it. Sometimes there's more info there, sometimes there is not. There's always Discogs if you want to find the original cover. Discogs didn't exist back when I started this series, or at least not in the form it is today. It's a great resource, I encourage you to use it. But that's beside the point, here's some great Christmas music!

1. Nickelodeon-Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
2. Ashtabula High School A Cappella Choir-Carol Of The Bells
3. Joanne Wheatley & Hal Kanner-Baby, It's Cold Outside
4. IBM 7090 Computer-Joy To The World
5. Ron Goodwin-Xmas It Ain't
6. Fred Sateriale's Big Band-Toyland Cha Cha Cha
7. Hugo Winterhalter-Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer Cha Cha
8. Earl Grant-Snowfall
9. Ferrante & Teicher-Happy Sleigh Ride
10. Bing Crosby-The Secret Of Christmas
11. Count Basie & The Mills Brothers-December
12. Connee Boswell-White Christmas
13. Andre Previn & David Rose-Blue Holiday
14. Waldorf "Punch & Judy" Orchestra-Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers
15. University Singers-Go Where I Send Thee
16. Sunshine-The Very First Christmas Day
17. Stan Wolowic-Happy Holiday
18. Sarah Vaughn & Billy Eckstine-I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
19. Al Melgard-Jolly Coppersmith
20. Alfred Apaka-It's Snowing In Hawaii
21. Lawrence Welk-Holiday
22. The Klokken Ringers-Silver Bells
23. Ray Conniff-An Improvisation On "Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy"
24. The Robert de Cormier Folk Singers-The Virgin Mary Had A Baby Boy
25. The 'Promises, Promises' Cast-Christmas Day
26. Glenn Miller-It Happened In Sun Valley
27. Martin Denny-Snowflakes In Summer
28. Ruby Murray-Christmastime In Ireland
29. The Robin Hood Orchestra-Silent Night
30. John Gary-Let There Be Peace On Earth (Let It Begin With Me)
31. Gordon Jenkins-Happy New Year


Thursday, July 01, 2021

July The First

It's July! And that means it's time for the annual Christmas in July celebration around these parts. But I don't have things quite sorted out yet, so here's the beginning of a series of stop-gap postings to kill some time while I figure things out.  If you've been hanging around here long enough, you're familiar with the Christmas in July concept, but here's a description in a nutshell.  I collect up Christmas, winter or holiday themed tracks from albums that are otherwise not seasonal.  So if someone decides to do a version of Jingle Bells in the middle of their kiddie singalong record, I'm gonna grab it.  And once you start looking, there are quite a few of these sorts of songs out there. And they're frequently lost to time, or at least to seasonal celebrations, so I decided a long time ago to start collecting them up for my own appreciation, and then later on decided to start sharing them with you. Later still, my friend CaptOT decided I had shared too many songs and created a best-of collection.  He even put a cover together and that's what you see above.  The tracklisting is below, and all the songs are linked to the original day I shared the track.  The old shares aren't around anymore, but this collection of greatest hits has persisted through time and it's here for you again today. Ladies and gentlemen, this is The Best Of Christmas In July 2006 From Ernie (Not Bert)!

1. Clebanoff-Bobsled
2. Ted Heath/Edmundo Ros-Baby It's Cold Outside
3. Lionel Hampton-Gin For Christmas
4. Marty Gold-High On A Windy Hill
5. Eastman-Rochester Pops-Brazilian Sleigh Bells
6. Dinah Washington-I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
7. Henry Mancini-Latin Snowfall
8. Yuji Takizawa & His Blue Bones Orchestra-White X-mas
9. Will Glahé-The Skater's Waltz
10. Esquivel-Sun Valley Ski Run
11. Billy Vaughn-The Chipmunk Song
12. Percy Faith-Little Bells And Big Bells (Glocke Und Glockchen)
13. Lawrence Welk-The Merry Christmas Polka
14. Jerry Murad's Electronic Harmonicats-March Of The Toys
15. Richard Hayman & His Harmonica Orchestra-Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers
16. Ian Fraser & His Orchestra-Sleigh Ride
17. Eddie Layton-Winter Wonderland
18. The Smothers Brothers-Swiss Christmas
19. David Rose-Christmas Tree
20. Eydie Gormé-Winter Night
21. Bernie Green With The Stereo Mad-Men-The Skater And His Dog
22. Enoch Light & The Brass Menagerie-My Favorite Things
23. The Four Freshmen-Santa Claus Is Flat Gonna Come To Town
24. David Carroll-The Ski Song (Slalom)
25. The Monterey Brass-We Need A Little Christmas
26. The Three Suns-Busy Holiday
27. Six Fat Dutchmen-Sleigh Bell
28. Billy May-Snowfall Cha-Cha
29. Dick Schory's New Percussion Ensemble-Holiday In A Hurry
30. Armengol-Ave Maria
31. The Crew-Cuts-Auld Lang Syne



Stay tuned, more to come, I promise. Maybe even some new stuff.  Maybe...

Sunday, February 07, 2021

81-Not At All Christmas

Last post for the year, and it's not even Christmas music. But it is an interesting promotional record from Christmas 1946, and it goes really well with the version from 1947 that I shared a few years ago. Not sure of the exact purpose behind this promo, it's pretty esoteric opera music, though I suppose there were collectors out there who were interested in it. Maybe it was given to dealers or something, but I doubt it ever was meant for the public.  Who knows? But it has a great label, and it's on red shellac, so it's something interesting.  Same as all the other shares this season, it came from The Internet Archive, your source for hundreds of thousands of 78 rips. Thanks again to all my visitors this season, it's been a great one.  Hopefully we can do it all again next year, but we'll have to wait and see.


Saturday, February 06, 2021

80-The Last Little Bits

Here we go, the last full post of the season. I had fully intended to end the season yesterday, with what I think is a better post, but then I stumbled across many of the short songs in this post, and figured I'd do one more day.  With a little digging I came up with a couple more things, but no good pop songs like I wanted. So instead you get a 104 year old Mother Goose Christmas story that sounds a little off to our modern ears, but it's always cool to listen to something that's more than a century old. And the Value Hit Parade Tunes are just horrid, not the sort of thing I should share at all, but I didn't realize that until after I had downloaded it. There's also one track in here, called Winter, that is a repeat. I previously shared it from a lonely 78, and then it showed up again in it's proper album context, so I've properly tagged it here to go with the other songs from the set. You can find the original share here, and delete it from your download if you want to avoid a duplicate. It's been such a long great year, there's so much I wanted to say. Some of that will have to wait until tomorrow when I have one final non-Christmas Christmas share for you, which is absolutely non-essential, but neat. Before that, I want to again thank the folks at The Internet Archive for collecting, ripping and sharing such a great collection of 78s for the world to enjoy. The Christmas section over there is only 1% of what they have, so please don't think it's limited to just what you see here. It's awesome, with something new to discover around each and every corner. I also want to thank all my visitors, especially those who took the few seconds to comment about something. It's comments that keep a blog going, and the many comments I've received this season have certainly kept me going this extra month. I hope you have all found at least a few neat little songs that you'll enjoy for many Christmas seasons to come. I know I've got a whole lot of new favorites, and that's tough to do when you have been collecting Christmas music as long as I have.  But if there's anything this hobby has taught me, it's that there is always something new and different and good out there, you just have to work to find it. With all that said, here's your share for the day. Download and enjoy!


Friday, February 05, 2021

79-Scoop Sweet Sixteen

Well, long story short, this was supposed to be the last official post of the season, but of course I can't stop looking for Christmas music at The Internet Archive every single day. And I found a few things that I could put in there to make it a really long post, then I found a double handful more, so there'll be another post tomorrow that will probably be the end.  Probably. I mean, you never know... But it's getting harder and harder to find stuff, and it's been a while since I've shared something I thought was really great.  So the end is near. But not today!  Today you get a whole mish-mash of things because I cleaned out the folder with every single thing that was left.  Too many duplicate artists for my taste, and even three versions of the same song that I just discovered today, one of which features Billy Holiday on vocals!  There's also some spoken word from the eventual Sir John Geilgud (he hadn't been knighted yet when this record came out), a country weeper, a live track recorded way back in 1939, some generic stuff, organ & chime stuff, two more Nutcracker sides from Larry Clinton (who is credited with inventing the whole let's-make-a-pop-song-from-a-classical-side over at Wikipedia) and even a song from Disney's Beaver Valley. When I go all out, I really go all out! (Oh, and a track from Jerry Fielding, who released a rare but great Christmas albums that's been shared out around these parts.) Lots to enjoy here, so download it and give it a listen.