Christmas With Bill "The Candy Man" Kehr

Christmas With Bill “The Candy Man” Kehr
Kandy Records K.C.K. 018
(Unknown Year)

Side One

  1. It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas (02:07)
  2. Christmas Dream (02:30)
  3. White Christmas (02:49)
  4. Silver Bells (03:42)
  5. Frosty The Snowman (02:00)
  6. Christmas Island (02:42)
  7. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer (02:22)
  8. Blue Christmas (03:21)

Side Two

  1. Jingle Bells (02:22)
  2. The Christmas Song (03:35)
  3. A Marshmallow World (03:16)
  4. I’ll Be Home For Christmas (05:03)
  5. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (01:44)
  6. Silent Night (04:37)
  7. We Wish You A Merry Christmas (00:51)


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From The King

I’m generally not a big fan of lots of the organ Christmas albums out there. And there are LOTS of organ Christmas albums out there.

Most of them seem to have been recorded by small labels with little resources. The sound quality of the recordings is often muffled and the quality of the vinyl is usually pretty poor. And then there are the arrangements… The religious songs usually make an attempt at profound grandiosity but just sound loud. And the secular tunes just don’t seem to have much life. But I have to say that Bill “The Candy Man” Kehr manages to stand out.

Perhaps it’s his use of multiple synthesizers, which is definitely atypical for this kind of music. He’s no Kraftwerk, by any measure, keeping the synths mostly to a support role imitating other instruments. But they expand the sonic pallet of the album, making it a little more interesting. And he seems to have fun with the tunes for the most part.

I can’t find any information on when this was produced or recorded, but Kehr has other albums dated 1977 and 1980 that I can find. So we’re thinking that range or thereabouts. Bill got his moniker because he took over his parents’ chocolate making business in Milwaukee, WI, which is still operating today. (Maybe you can pick up some treats for the holiday while you listen….)

The King of Jingaling