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...