I recently acquired a new copy of Stereo Percussion de Noel by Herman Apple and I decided that I was going to rip it and offer it for download (at a higher bitrate than the original share from 2006). I spent most of the morning today recording the songs from vinyl (which sounded really good),…
Last night we went to our daughter’s Christmas band concert at Camas High School. It was simply stunning from start to finish. The band program, and its director, is unbelievably phenomenal. At the end of the night the band fanned out into the audience and did two a capella peices, Dona Nobis Pacem and Silent Night…
Mayer Hawthorne and Co. put a Chromeo spin on McCartney’s classic Christmas tune.
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I was a kid in the 70’s and a lot of my experiences and memories of Christmas were formed then–for good or bad. That’s probably why my tastes in Christmas are notably kitschy. And while most people find kitsch to be insincere and enjoy it ironically, for me it has meaning. I didn’t experience an old fashioned country Christmas and so, while that has great appeal to me, it doesn’t resonate as personally.
So here is some music that reflects the unique flavor of that weird decade. While some songs and artists may be familiar, lots of them may be new to you. While I didn’t hear most of these at the time, they capture the flavor of what I did hear.
And now you can hear it too. So get out your red and green lava lamp and jingle your bellbottoms to the groovy sounds of the 70s.
- Alan Moorehouse & The Sound Stage Brass – Festive Noel (02:13)
- Floral Pops 70 – Jingle Bells (02:53)
- The Osmonds – Pine Cones And Holly Berries (02:12)
- Waldo De Los Rios – O Tannenbaum (02:37)
- The Golddiggers – I Just Want You For Christmas (02:32)
- Martin Mull, With The Sondra Baskin Glee Club – Santafly (02:39)
- The Singers Unlimited – Caroling Caroling (01:14)
- The Music City Singers – Jingle Bell Rock (02:05)
- Mike Sammes Singers – Winter Wonderland (03:05)
- Alan Moorehouse & The Sound Stage Brass – The Feast Of Stephen (02:08)
- The London Sound 70 Orchestra and Chorus – Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer (02:23)
- Anita Kerr Singers – The Bell That Couldn’t Jingle (02:25)
- The Soulful Strings – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (03:02)
- The Rhodes Kids – Santa Loves Rock ‘n Roll Music (02:48)
- Frank Pellico – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (03:02)
- Homemade Theatre – CB Santa (02:19)
- Johnny Farnham – The Ringing Reindeer (03:12)
- The Williams Brothers – The Holiday Season (02:20)
- Harry Simeone Chorale – A Holly Jolly Christmas (02:06)
- Bing Crosby – A Time To Be Jolly (02:05)
- The Salsoul Orchestra – Sleigh Ride (03:03)
- Living Strings & Living Voices – The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) (03:28)
- Impressions – I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (05:50)
- Raindolls – Disco Santa Claus (03:33)
- John Davidson – Winter Wonderland (02:14)
- John Denver & the Muppets – Twelve Days Of Christmas (04:22)
- Carpenters – Merry Christmas Darling (03:05)
- Mike Douglas – It’s O.K. To Be A Kid At Christmas (02:30)
- Donnie & Marie – Winter Wonderland (02:22)
- Julius Wechter – Partridge In A Pear Tree (02:45)
- Alan Moorehouse & The Sound Stage Brass – Joyful And Triumphant (02:24)
Stroll through the gorgeously original imaginations of some talented illustrators. Here’s a taste, but click through to Yule Log 2.014 to see all of the short animations…
I’ve moved around the country quite a bit in the past 20 years and so when it turns to Christmas time I, naturally, feel sentimental for Christmas in my hometown of Philadelphia, PA.
I have so many great memories of shopping in Center City with my grandmother: lunch with Santa (and snowball ice cream!), Dickens Village, riding the monorail above Wanamaker’s toy department, the boar statue at Strawbridge’s. But the pinnacle of it all was the Wanamaker’s light and fountain show. The voice of John Facenda meant Christmas to me (though it means football to most folks…).
And so I decided to put together a mix that would celebrate Christmas in Philly. The focus is on artists from (or associated with) Philly. Here’s the track list:
01 – Mel Torme – One Little Snowflake
02 – Facenda Intro
03 – The Four Aces – The Christmas Tree
04 – Quaker City String Band Featuring The Quaker City Kids – Happy Holiday and White Christmas
05 – Facenda – Nutcracker
06 – Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra – Waltz of the Flowers
07 – Mike Douglas – Silver Bells
08 – Nelson Eddy – Jingle Bells
09 – Philadelphia Brass Ensemble – The Twelve Days of Christmas
10 – Facenda – Hop aboard…
11 – Greater Kensington String Band – Winter Wonderland
12 – Eddie Fisher – Here Comes Santa Claus
13 – Pearl Bailey – A Five Pound Box of Money
14 – Larry Ferrari – It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas – Let It Snow!
15 – Al Martino – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
16 – Kitty Kallen – The Spirit of Christmas
17 – Facenda – Thrill to…
18 – Larry Ferrari – Sleigh Ride
19 – Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles – Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
20 – Eddie Fisher – Christmas in My Hometown
21 – Barron Smith at the John Wanamaker Organ – Deck The Halls
22 – Facenda – Happiest Holiday ever…
23 – Philadelphia Brass Ensemble – We Wish You A Merry Christmas
The Torme piece is from a promotional 45 that he did for WCAU radio/TV in which he adds some local color to his song, One Little Snowflake.
What makes me smile most is the sound of the Philly kids singing with the Quaker City String Band. Those Philly accents could cut through the Wall Women Bridge….
Enjoy this musical stroll through a Philly Xmas.