Saturday, July 23, 2022

2022 At 78 RPM-Part 30

Week 30! Wow! I've been at this for a long time now. And I've got thirty more tracks to add to the enormous pile of music I've shared so far this year from the 78's at The Internet Archive. For the first time all year, my backlog has dropped to below 400 tracks, which is still a lot of music, but I've been keeping it over 500 tracks for a long time. But the good news is that they just started dumping records for July last Thursday, so hopefully I can replenish my supply to keep sharing for a long time to come. (I just checked and it looks like there's still goodies being shared out today, so I think it's going to be a big boost to my pile!) But you don't care about any of that backstory, you just want some music. Here's the link to the latest installment of 78's. Enjoy!

MEGA

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Christmas In July 2022-Part 14

Good morning! I'm back with more of the usual Christmas in July fun for you today. It's part 14 of our journey through the month, and if memory serves this is as far as we got last year (though that was in August). Rest assured we've got a little further to go still this time around, though not as far as some years past. Just hard to find this kind of stuff lately, probably from a lack of trying. Anyhow, let's see what treasures are in the pile today.

1. Angels And Shepherds by The Columbus Boychoir-Donald Hanson, Director from The Columbus Boychoir Sings At Spoleto's Festival Of Two Worlds (The Columbus Boychoir DB-63073 (Side 1-Sounds Of Christmas), Stereo). More from the boys of Columbus.

2. Glory Be To God by St. Olaf Choir-Kenneth Jennings, Director from Sing For Joy (St. Olaf Records E-269, Stereo). Dunno if I've mentioned this in any of the other times I've shared tracks from this record, but even though I pulled these tracks from a St. Olaf record, they originally appeared on a multi-disc set for The Book Of The Month club, with each side being a different college choir doing Christmas music. Pretty sure I have that one somewhere in the archives.

3. Alleluia, We Have Seen His Star by University Of Miami Concert Choir Under The Direction Of Donald Oglesby, Ricky Hardy-Organist, Pianist, Soloist-Zobeida Perez from Alleluia-Sing With New Songs (World Library Publications 7912 (Side 2: Christmas), Stereo, 1981). Lots of these choir things today, must be getting towards the end of the month.

4. Greensleeves by William Harrison from Easy Trumpet Solos (Music Minus One MMO 7025-29, Stereo). Still waiting for someone to add trumpet to one of these tracks. Probably going to be waiting a long time...

5. The Birthday Of A King by Gordon MacRae-Orchestra Conducted By Van Alexander from Hallowed Be Thy Name (Capitol ST1466, Stereo, 1961). A rerun, but a good one to revisit.

6. Waltz Of The Flowers (From "The Nutcracker") by Hal Mooney And His Orchestra from Ballet With A Beat (Mercury Perfect Presence Sound Series PPS 6017, Stereo, 1961). Another rerun, but a really good one to revisit.

7. O Little Town Of Bethlehem by The Choir Of The First Presbyterian Church Of Dearborn, Alexander J. Turco-Organist And Director from Carols And Anthems (No Label H-1496/1497, Mono, 1967). More choir stuff.

And now for the radio production tracks. We finally seem to be getting towards the bottom of the pile, they're not taking up half of the daily share.

8. We're The Center Of Everything This Christmas-Instrumental from The Great Christmas And Special Events Production Library-Disc 7 (Airforce Broadcast Services Disc 7, Stereo, 1984).

9. Mid-Winter Sale-Tag from New TTS Production Music Tracks #3317 (William B. Tanner Company 3317, Stereo).

10. Christmas Feeling B from Trendsetter Volume A Disc 6 (William B. Tanner Company TRS Vol A Disc 6, Stereo).

And that's it for today. Plenty of goodies for your listening pleasure. Enjoy!

MEGA

Friday, July 22, 2022

The Second Best From Christmas In July Past-Part 7

We're up to part seven of these collections of the second-best tracks from Christmas in July past. That's a lot of music, but I think it's good stuff. Not getting a whole lot of feedback on these collections, but not a lot of people listen to Christmas music in July, and it's not like they're new music. So I get it. But I figure maybe I can hype them up at Christmas proper and more people will get the chance to listen to my collections. I don't think I've mentioned the mosaic artwork on the covers yet.  It's a series of panels on the wall of a church building in downtown Sarasota that I photographed a few months back. I remember thinking in the back of my mind at the time that I would find a use for those pictures, and here they are! But they're not my best covers ever, and you're not going to spend a lot of time looking at the pictures, you're here for the music. Here's a list of what's in this collection. Enjoy!

1. Mr. Jack Daniel's Original Silver Cornet Band-We Wish You A Merry Christmas
2. Robert Gordon-Blue Christmas
3. Happy Louie-Candy Cane Polka
4. The Payola$-Christmas Is Coming
5. The George Shearing Trio-Heart Of Winter
6. Mike Douglas-I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing
7. Les And Larry Elgart-Greensleeves
8. Glenn Yarborough & Marilyn Child-Mary Had A Baby
9. The Ringing Bells-Silver Bells
10. Johnny Keating-Snowface
11. Frankie Lymon-Out In The Cold Again
12. Moe Koffman-Shepherd's Cha Cha
13. The Ames Brothers-I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
14. The Kermit Leslie Orchestra-The Little Toy Shop
15. The New Group-My Favorite Things
16. Gerald Askelin-Christmas Lite
17. Oscar Brand-Coventry Carol
18. Sy Mann-Winter Weather
19. Red Carter-Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
20. Peter Seeger-Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring
21. Idlers-God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
22. Count Basie-Peppermint Pipes
23. Meri Ellen-Baby It's Cold Outside
24. Andre Previn-It Happened In Sun Valley
25. The Wanderin' Five-Go Tell It On The Mountain
26. John Kirby-Bounce Of The Sugar Plum Fairy
27. Gayle Morgan-Snowflake
28. Romper Room-My Snowman
29. Peter Todd-When Winter Comes A'Calling
30. Kathy Lecinski-The Christmas Bell Story
31. The McGuire Sisters-Happy New Year

MEGA

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Christmas In July 2022-Part 13

Lucky number 13! Well, lucky for you because you get ten more Christmas in July tracks!

1. Dear Santa Claus by Buddy Hackett from How You Do? (Coral CRL 57422, Mono, 1963). A little comedy for you.

2. When Winter Comes by Wally Whyton from Leave Them A Flower (Flying Dutchman/Amsterdam AM-12010, Stereo, 1970). Some of that lite 70's rock for you.

3. Xmas In New Orleans (Inst.) by Dr. John from Zu Zu Man (Trip TLP-5518, Stereo, 1973). Some of that New Orleans flavour for you.

4. Christmas Child by Company Of "Irma La Douce" from Irma La Douce-Original Broadway Cast (Columbia Masterworks OS 2029, Stereo, 1960). Some Broadway goodness for you.

5. I Wonder As I Wander by Hugh Downs Accompanied By Mundell Lowe And His Friends from the LP An Evening With Hugh Downs (Epic BN 541, Stereo, 1959). Some celebrity sounds for you.

And now some production music for you.

6. Deck The Halls (Logo) A from Trendsetter Volume A Disc 13 (William B. Tanner Company TRS V-A Disc 13, Stereo).

7. Christmas Caring A from Trendsetter Volume A Disc 6 (William B. Tanner Company TRS Vol A Disc 6, Stereo).

8. Orchestrated Pattern (Christmas) (Jingle Bells) from Trendsetter Volume A Disc 31-Wild Work Parts (Media General TRS V-A/D-31, Stereo).

9. Pre Season Sale-Instrumental 1 from New TTS Production Music Tracks #3317 (William B. Tanner Company 3317, Stereo).

10. We Wish You A Merry Christmas-Vocal from The Great Christmas And Special Events Production Library-Disc 7 (Airforce Broadcast Services Disc 7, Stereo, 1984).

And that's the end for today. Enjoy!

MEGA

Christmas In July 2011-Redux

Forgot about the improved Christmas in July Best-Of collections there for a bit, but I'm back with the updated version from 2011. As I keep saying, I went back and grabbed newer and better rips of many of the tracks here (since I have extensive archives!) in hopes of making the old collection sound a little bit better. This was the biggest collections I ever put together, spanning over two full CDs, though I don't think I ever burned it to disc as such. But that's still the way I think about my collections since I was brought up as CDs came to market. I remember making a few cassette compilations, but not too many. Give it a listen, I'm sure you'll enjoy it. And I still think that's my favorite cover. I still have the little tree decoration somewhere...


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 Times Square

MEGA

Whew, this is the first time I've been able to link all the song titles back to the original day they were posted. That takes a little while. I don't know if anybody ever clicks through to see the original share, but you never know. Not that the old share is still there, but you can still read a little bit about the track at the original post. Sometimes I have interesting things to say. :)

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Christmas In July 2022-Part 12

 Today makes an even dozen shares for Christmas in July this year, though I've tried to post a lot more things for you on the other days. It's been hard to find records since I'm not single and can't go hunting every day. But I think we're doing all right here. Here's the new stuff for today.

1. Adeste Fidelis by New Century Music Box With 4 Combs from The Greatest Music Show On Earth-Vol. B (Gay 90's Village 5188 (Recorded At Bellm's Cars And Music Of Yesterday, Sarasota, Florida), Stereo, 1973). You may be able to hear something a little off about the introduction to this song (and the one from the same LP the other day). The lady introduces two songs at the same time, and I tried to edit the other one out. I think I did a pretty fair job of it.

2. Introit: Fanfare For Christmas Day by The Arcadia Choir-Barth Dowling, Director from The Arcadia Choir-Arcadia Avenue Presbyterian Church (Mark MC-8011 (Peoria, Illinois), Stereo, 1973). When I first saw this, I thought it was from the two of Arcadia, just up the road about 30 miles. But I was wrong, it's all the way from Illinois. This short intro was the only Christmas content on there, but it was half price, so I got it anyway.

3. Laudi Alla Vergine Maria (From Four Sacred Pieces) by The Columbus Boychoir-Donald Hanson, Director from The Columbus Boychoir Sings At Spoleto's Festival Of Two Worlds (The Columbus Boychoir DB-63073 (Side 1-Sounds Of Christmas), Stereo). Another song from the boys.

4. Thy Little Ones, Dear Lord, Are We (Her Kommer Dine Arme Smaa) by St. Olaf Choir-Kenneth Jennings, Director from Sing For Joy (St. Olaf Records E-269, Stereo). And another song from the Olaf that doesn't make ice cream.

5. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm by Martha Raye from the LP Martha Raye (Legends 2xLP Legends-1000/5-6, Mono). I only know Martha Raye from the denture cream commercials when I was a kid, but I guess she had a big career before that.

And now the balance of the share is production music for WENB (think about it, you'll get it...).

6. Friendly Feeling (Trailer Hitch) from Trendsetter Volume A Disc 13 (William B. Tanner Company TRS V-A Disc 13, Stereo).

7. Sleigh-Ride Time from Trendsetter Volume A Disc 6 (William B. Tanner Company TRS Vol A Disc 6, Stereo).

8. Orchestrated Pattern (Christmas) (What Child Is This) from Trendsetter Volume A Disc 31-Wild Work Parts (Media General TRS V-A/D-31, Stereo).

9. Mid-Winter Sale-Instrumental 2 from New TTS Production Music Tracks #3317 (William B. Tanner Company 3317, Stereo).

10. We've Got Gifts Galore And So Much More For Christmas-Instrumental from The Great Christmas And Special Events Production Library-Disc 7 (Airforce Broadcast Services Disc 7, Stereo, 1984).

And that's it! Hope you found something interesting to listen to. I'll be back soon with more, promise!

MEGA

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

The Second Best From Christmas In July Past-Part 6

I'm falling a little bit behind on what I wanted to share out this month, but that's just real life for you. While I have a sec, here's the sixth installment of my collection of the second-best selections from past Christmas in July celebrations. Enjoy!

1. The Singing Sergeants-Carol Of The Bells
2. Yevgeny Svetlanov-December-Christmas
3. The US Air Force Band-Brass Choir-I Saw Three Ships
4. Skitch Henderson-We Need A Little Christmas
5. The Smothers Brothers-Santa Claus
6. Sydney Chaplin-Be A Santa
7. RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra-Dance Of The Buffoons
8. The Tokens-Children Go Where I Send Thee
9. Kraft & Alexander-Nutcracker Medley
10. Richard Robinson & William Reeve-Christmas Lullaby
11. The Ventures-Joy (Jesu Joy Of Man's Desiring)
12. The Young Americans-Winter
13. Jo Ann Castle-Skater's Boogie
14. Matt Dennis-Hitch Up The Sleigh
15. The Zig Zags Quartet-Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers
16. Harry Ringler-Chanukah, Oy Chanukah
17. The Gooding Band Organ-Frostie, The Snowman
18. The Singing K-NETS-Joybells
19. The Wesleyan Ringers-Away In A Manger
20. Allan Sherman-The Twelve Gifts Of Christmas
21. Gerald Eskelin-Kris Kringle
22. Friends From Rio-Crazy Bells
23. Werner Muller-The Big Clown Balloons
24. Steve Lawrence-White Christmas
25. The Bellwethers-Ding Dong Merrily On High
26. Jester Hairston-Mary's Little Boy Chile
27. Willie Dittrich-I'll Be Home For Christmas
28. The Simon Sisters-I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day
29. Singing Children-Silent Night
30. Julie London-Warm In December
31. The Vocal Majority-For The Sake Of Auld Lang Syne

MEGA

Monday, July 18, 2022

Christmas In July 2022-Part 11

Snake eyes! Part eleven of this month's Christmas in July celebration sees another good batch of Christmas songs from non-Christmas albums, and our usual batch of seasonal production goodies, also from non-holiday production albums. Enjoy!

1. Shepherds And Lasses by The Choir Of The First Presbyterian Church Of Dearborn, Alexander J. Turco-Organist And Director from Carols And Anthems (No Label H-1496/1497, Mono, 1967). This is a really good song.

2. Christmas Night by Armando Trovajoli from the soundtrack LP Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow (Warner Bros W 1552, Mono, 1964). Always cool to find a Christmas song on a movie soundtrack. Kinda makes me want to seek out the movie in question, but I never do. I'm lazy.

3. Moonlight In Vermont by Eddie Baxter from Speak Low-The Unique Artistry Of Eddie Baxter (Rendezvous RLP 1301, Mono, 1957). This happens to be what's playing as I type.

4. Jingle Bells by The Calvin Handbell Ringers-Robert Ivey, Director from Joyful Bells (Omnisound N-1014 (from The First Presbyterian Church, Red Bank, New Jersey), Stereo, 1977). You haven't gotten enough handbells this season, and I apologize for that. The albums are hard to find.

5. Sleigh Ride by The Don Baker Trio from the album Cocktail Hammond (Capitol ST1099, Stereo, 1958). Classic cocktail music!

And now for a batch of production music to finish out the share...

6. Sweet Dreams from Trendsetter Volume A Disc 13 (William B. Tanner Company TRS V-A Disc 13, Stereo).

7. Christmas Caring B from Trendsetter Volume A Disc 6 (William B. Tanner Company TRS Vol A Disc 6, Stereo).

8. Orchestrated Pattern (Christmas) (Angels We Have Heard On High) from Trendsetter Volume A Disc 31-Wild Work Parts (Media General TRS V-A/D-31, Stereo).

9. Pre Season Sale-Tag from New TTS Production Music Tracks #3317 (William B. Tanner Company 3317, Stereo).

10. We're The Center Of Everything This Christmas-Vocal from The Great Christmas And Special Events Production Library-Disc 7 (Airforce Broadcast Services Disc 7, Stereo, 1984).

And that's the goodies for today. Hope you enjoyed something in there!

MEGA

Sunday, July 17, 2022

Christmas In July 2022-Part 10

Well, we're a little past the halfway point of the month, and about halfway through the pile of shares I have for you. I hope you've heard a few things that interest or excite you. I've saved a few goodies for the second half of the month, so be sure you stay tuned until the end. Here's the stack o' wax for today.

1. O Tannenbaum by Mechanical Organette Boudoir Model from the LP The Greatest Music Show On Earth-Vol. B (Gay 90's Village 5188 (Recorded At Bellm's Cars And Music Of Yesterday, Sarasota, Florida), Stereo, 1973). I recently found this local LP at a thrift store. It documents a collection of music boxes and band organs that no longer exists, at least not anywhere that I know of. The car part of the museum is still alive and well though, I visited it late last year.

2. Marie Wiegenlied by The Columbus Boychoir-Donald Hanson, Director from The Columbus Boychoir Sings At Spoleto's Festival Of Two Worlds (The Columbus Boychoir DB-63073 (Side 1-Sounds Of Christmas), Stereo). I took this one out of the plastic to record it for you. I can't imagine it was worth too much, even sealed like that.

3. The Christmas Symbol by St. Olaf Choir-Kenneth Jennings, Director-Soloist: Beverly Voth from Sing For Joy (St. Olaf Records E-269, Stereo). Another song from these prolific folks. I think if you poke around, they've got multiple Christmas albums.

4. The Weavers sing We Wish You A Merry Christmas from The Weavers On Tour (Vanguard VSD-6537, Electronically Re-Recorded To Simulate Stereo, 1969). More from these old folkies.

5. Jesus A Wonderful Child by When Singers Meet, Inc., Mass Choir from the sampler album Get On Board The Jubilee Train (Jubilee JSS 1, Stereo). I've shared a whole LP with you from these singers in the past, but when I saw this one track on a sampler album, I knew it was a good selection for Christmas in July.

And now some tunes from production albums for radio stations.

6. Sleigh Fun from Trendsetter Volume A Disc 13 (William B. Tanner Company TRS V-A Disc 13, Stereo).

7. Christmas Dreamland from Trendsetter Volume A Disc 6 (William B. Tanner Company TRS Vol A Disc 6, Stereo).

8. Orchestrated Pattern (Christmas) (O Tannenbaum) from Trendsetter Volume A Disc 31-Wild Work Parts (Media General TRS V-A/D-31, Stereo).

9. January Clearance-Donut from New TTS Production Music Tracks #3317 (William B. Tanner Company 3317, Stereo).

10. Gifts Of Love From Far And Near-Instrumental from The Great Christmas And Special Events Production Library-Disc 7 (Airforce Broadcast Services Disc 7, Stereo, 1984).

Another day, another stack of tracks. Enjoy!

MEGA