Sunday, July 23, 2017

Christmas In July 2017 Day 23

Have I mentioned that all of the records I've ripped tracks from this year are in a pile right in the doorway to the computer room?  And it's getting pretty tall and precarious.  I'm almost blocked in, and I'm afraid I'm going to knock it over every time I walk by.  I've got to find something to do with all these records...  Anyhow, welcome to Sunday night, day 23!  Lots of goodies for you tonight, so here goes.

1. Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers by The Zig Zags Quartet & Enoch Light & Orchestra from The Children's Hour (Grand Award G.A. 33-311, Mono, 1955).  Some of that stuff on Grand Award, it borders on budget label...

2. Yingle Bells by Yogi Yorgesson from The Great Comedy Hits Of Harry Stewart As Yogi Yorgesson And Harry Kari (Capitol Star Line T1620, Mono, 1961).  Another classic track from an echo-drenched reissue.  I think they're one Christmas single by Yogi that I still don't have.  Something like What's In The Box, I think.  Anyone know what I'm talking about?

3. The Virgin Mary Had A Baby Boy by Winifred Smith from Winifred Smith's Simple Gifts (Tennessee Squire TSA-61110, Stereo).  This isn't the first record of hers I've run across, and it was put out by The Tennessee Squires as well.  I should look them up and see what the deal is.

4. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow, a later, longer, stereo version by Vaughn Monroe And His Orchestra from There I Sing/Swing It Again (RCA Victor LSP-1799, Stereo, 1958).  By my count, the second of three times he recorded one of his bigger hits.

5. (a) Las Posadas: Caminita-Procession (b) Las Posadas:  Hemosa Maria-Lovely Mary by Unknown Mexican Children from the LP Latin American Children Game Songs-Recorded In Puerto Rico And Mexico By Henrietta Yurchenco (Folkways FC 7851, Electronically Rechanneled To Simulate Stereo, 1968).  Shame that these kids never got the credit for this recording.

6. The Christmas Polka by The Shawnee Choir-Earl Willhoite, Director-Primo Piano: Marjorie Farmer from Both Sides, Now! (Shawnee Press Reference Recording M-297, Stereo).  Not the Lawrence Welk song, but something that they were trying to sell you their arrangement for.  This was a demo marketed to choral groups.

7. Children's Holiday by The McGuire Sisters With Orchestra Directed By Dick Jacobs from their classic early album Children's Holiday (Coral CRL 57097, Mono, 1957).  There's some good stuff on here.

8. Go Tell It On The Mountain by Mahalia Jackson from Just As I Am (Apollo LP 479, Mono, 1958).  I'd shared this before, but from a reissue.  This time I found the original Apollo record.

9. Song Of The Bells by Leroy Anderson from Leroy Anderson Conducts His Music (Decca DL 78954, Stereo, 1960).  Pretty much everything this man ever did is worth a listen.

10. The March Of The Toys by John Gart At The Conn Electronic Organ With The Minute Men from Organ On The March (Kapp K-1119-S, Stereo, 1959).  This must have been reissued at some point with a different title because I show sharing out the same tracks by the same artist from a different LP on the same label.  I need to do some more research.  Such things are certainly not unheard of.

11. Sugar Plum by Joe Harnell And His Trio from the self-titled album, Joe Harnell And His Trio (Jubilee JGM 5020, Mono, 1963).  Nice little bit of Tchaikovsky here.

12. At Christmastime by Helena Bliss, Walter Kingsford, Ivy Scott And Chorus from the soundtrack LP Song Of Norway (Decca DL 9019, Mono, 1949).  I guess the movie in question was the life story of Edvard Greig.  Wait, was it a movie, or a play?  Not sure...

13. Adeste Fideles by an un-named music box, but Discogs tells me the artist on the sleeve is George And Madeline Brown.  The album is The Story Of The Music Box (Caedmon 10" 33 RPM w/ Book CB-2, Mono, 1952).  My copy is missing the sleeve, I think I found it in the sleeve for something else.  Pretty sure I shared this music out before from a similar package prepared for a different company.  I could spend days researching some of that I share.

14. Dance Of The Chinese Flutes by French National Symphony Orchestra Conducted By Roger DéSormiere from Nutcrackers Suite/Suite From The Swan Lake-Tchaikovsky (Capitol P-8140, Mono, 1954).  I think this was originally released on a 10" LP, as the cover for this one shows the covers for both 10" albums.  If you flip through a lot of old records, you'll know this was a common practice for Capitol at one time.  The original 10" releases are hard to find these days, I think I see more of the reissues by far than I see originals.

15. Children Go Where I Send Thee by the great Earl Grant With Chorus And Instrumental Accompaniment Directed By Thurston Frazier from the somewhat hard-to-find LP A Closer Walk With Thee (Decca DL 74811, Stereo, 1966).  I say hard to find because I had never seen a copy of it before last week, and I see a lot of Earl Grant records in the stores.  Well, the junk stores.  Not so much at the respectable places.

16. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm by Doris Day With Frank DeVol And His Orchestra from Hooray For Hollywood (Columbia 2xLP C2L-5, Mono, 1958).  This was a fancy double LP that must have been a big deal when it was released, but quickly forgotten because it was mono-only and it came out right at the beginning of the stereo era.

17. Christmas Night (Ukranian Carol) (Dobri Vetcher), some more Ukranian Christmas from Don Cossack Choir-Serge Jaroff, Conductor-Soloist: B. Morosoff from Russian Fair (Decca DL 710016, Stereo, 1959).  I think this came out at a time when Americans probably didn't know the difference between Russia and Ukraine.  Most of them probably still don't, which is how Russia likes it.

18. June In January by Bing Crosby With The Pete Moore Orchestra from Seasons (Polydor PD-1-6128, Stereo, 1977).  I saw another late Crosby LP with this same orchestra today, but it didn't appear to have any holiday content on it.

19. Medley: Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer; Jolly Old St. Nicholas; Jingle Bells by The Banjo Barons-Arranged And Conducted By Teo Macero And Marty Manning from The Banjo Barons Play Music For Happy Times (Columbia CL 2089 "Radio Station Copy-Not For Sale", Mono, 1963).  At least this one sounds like banjos.

20. Variations On A French Carol by The Arbutus United Methodist Church Chancel Ringers from their LP Listen! (DFH Recording Co. DFH 114, Stereo, 1978).  Just when I thought I wouldn't be able to bring you any handbells this July, I found this in the stacks.  Just goes to show you that you need to pick up all the records and look at them.  Maybe you know why it's there and what's on it, but maybe you don't!

And that's it for today.  It takes an awful long time to type all this in for twenty tracks, so be sure you read it all twice.  Thanks, and see you tomorrow.


Saturday, July 22, 2017

Christmas In July 2017 Day 22

I ran some numbers today and found out that I have more songs in the pile to be shared than I have shared songs so far this month.  Which means I really, really need to get busy sharing some music with you.  So here are 20 more songs for today.

1. Winter Sky (Recorded In Concert At Town Hall, March 21, 1964) by Judy Collins from her LP Recollections (Elektra EKS-74055, Stereo, 1969).  I believe this is a sort of best-of from Ms. Collins.

2. Waltz From The Nutcracker Suite by Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra-Julius Rudel, Musical Director from Christmas In Concert And More... (Allentown Record Co. For Buffalo Savings Bank, No Number, Stereo, 1979).  I think this is the last track I have from this record to share with you.)

3. There Was A Pig Went Out To Dig by Marilyn Powell from Holiday Songs (Bowmar B 2055 168, Stereo, 1966).  More goodness from a kiddie record.  They do love their Christmas music.

4. Sweet Little Jesus Boy by Rod Ruby With Chuck McIntosh from Rod Ruby Sings Wonder Of Wonders With The Piano Artistry Of Chuck McIntosh (Music City/Royal Race MR-RR-9008, Stereo). A religious album.  I think I was imaging this would be someone else when I picked it up.

5. Song Of The Bells by Maurice Abravanel Conducting The Utah Symphony Orchestra from Fiddle Faddle And 14 Other Leroy Anderson Favorites (Vanguard Cardinal Series VCS-10016, Stereo, 1967).  This is a pretty good collection of Leroy Anderson songs.

6. Sleigh Ride by Mogens Ellegaard, Accordion, and His Orchestra from Accordion Time (Vox STVX 426.090, Stereo, 1959).  I was quite excited when I saw a song played on the accordion that I could share, but it looks like I've shared it with you before.  I'll keep looking for new stuff.

7. Ring Those Christmas Bells by The Kennedy Space Center Chorus, Directed By Arthur C. Benington from Voices Of Space (Century Records 32909, Stereo).  The songs from this LP are pretty great, aren't they?

8. Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers by Dick Schory's Percussion Pops Orchestra from Holiday For Percussion (RCA Victor LSA-2485, Stereo, 1962).  This album is another entry in RCA's famed Stereo Action series.

9. Mr. Snow (From "Carousel") by Ray Davies With Orchestra & Voices from Funky Trumpet On Broadway (Fontana (Mercury) SRF-67574, Stereo, 1967).  Don't know if I'd have called this Funky anything...

10. Magnificat In D-Et Exultavit, another great classical Christmas song by Marilyn Horne With The Vienna Cantata Orchestra Conducted By Henry Lewis from Marilyn Horne Sings Bach And Handel (London OS 26067, Stereo, 1969).  I like to try and keep you on your toes.

11. The Four Seasons by Sing & Learn from Seasonal Songs (Macmillan Educational Company 09015, Stereo, 1989).  More kiddie music.

12. The Deepening Snow by Connie Smith from Sunshine and Rain (RCA Victor LSP-4077, Stereo, 1968).  This one I thought was more funky than the one above.  Certainly the other, non-Holiday tracks I listened to were pretty funky, for a country album.

13. We Wish You A Merry Christmas by Silver Burdett Records from Making Music Your Own-Kindergarten Record IV (Silver Burdett Records 75 180 4, Mono, 1966).  There for a lot of Christmas songs on this record, so be warned.

14. The Seven Joys Of Mary by John Jacob Niles, Mountaineer Tenor, With Dulcimer Accompaniment from his LP John Jacob Niles Sings American Folk Songs (RCA Camden CAL 245, Mono, 1956).  I think this is the last of the songs I ripped from this one.  He had a couple of Christmas EPs from around this same time, but I don't have them.  I remember them both being shared out in the same year once, one at Buster's place, the other at Lee's.  I doubt if they're still there, though.

15. Santa Claus Blues by Red Onion Jazz Babies, and early band featuring Louis Armstrong, taken from the collection Young Louis Armstrong (Riverside RLP 12-101, Mono, 1956).  Louis recorded far too little Christmas music in his life.  This one has a good title, but it won't remind you of Santa really.

16. O Little Town Of Bethlehem by The Dixie High School Concert Choir, another track from The Dixie H.S. Concert Choir Of 1966-1967 (Dixie High School, Dayton, OH, 19165/19166, Mono, 1967).  Not sure if this is the end of this one or not.

17. Miss Fogarty's Christmas Cake, a great Irish tune by The McNulty Family from Irish Showboat (Coral CRL 57368, Mono, 1961).  I find a great Irish Christmas tune about every other year or so.  This is the one for this season, I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

18. March Of The Toys by Magic Violins from Magic Violins Play The Memories Of Victor Herbert (Magic Violins Vol. 7) (Magic Violins 2507, Mono).  I think there are 12 total albums in this series.  I was trying to get them all at one time, I don't know why...

19. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by Guitar Magic from Guitar Magic-Play Along Record No. 2 (Educational Productions SON 9482, Mono).  Funny story, I pulled this record from the sleeve of volume 1, and was disappointed because I had wanted to record Jingle Bells.  But when I played a couple of tracks, I found God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, so at least I got a Christmas song for you.  (No, the tracks weren't listed on the record...)  If it's not obvious by the title, this record was designed to help you learn to play guitar.

20. Ave Maria by Yale Glee Club from their album Yale Glee Club-100th Anniversary 1861-1961 Gala Centennial Concert (Carillon Records LP 120, Mono, 1961).  Not many schools have been around for 100 years, much less the glee club associated with them.

And that's it.  I'll keep recording and sharing, you keep on downloading and commenting.  Deal?


Friday, July 21, 2017

Christmas In July 2017 Day 21

Whew, finally made it to the weekend!  Now I've got some time to get some stuff recorded for the last few days of this month.  Shares are coming fast and furious now.  Everything in the pile tonight was actually recorded last year, but never shared.  That pile is almost to the end, so most everything else from here on out will be new rips from old records.  Here goes!

1. Winter Wonderland by Eddie Layton With Rhythm Section from Better Layton Than Ever (Mercury SR 60031, Stereo, 1959).  An oldie but a goodie.  I have to stop myself from buying this whenever I see it in a stack, I think I have enough copies of it now.  But it's so good!

2. Sleigh Ride by Glenn Derringer (no, not Rick Derringer, that's somebody else...) from Light 'N Easy (Ovation OVQD/1439, Quadraphonic, 1975).  Is this the first quad record I've ever shared?  I doubt if the quad effect comes through the MP3 file, but if anybody can decode this, perhaps I can send you a WAV file.  I sent it to a friend of mine last year who collects such things and he said it is spectacular.  I don't have the hardware to decode it or listen to it, unfortunately.

3. Make A Daft Noise For Xmas, another from those British comedy folks The Goodies, again from The Goodies Greatest (Bradley's Records (UK) BRADL 1012, Stereo, 1976).  I still think I should have saved up and done an all-comedy day.  Too late now.  Is this record disco?

4. June In January by Hugo Winterhalter from A Season For My Beloved (ABC-Paramount ABCS-447, Stereo, 1963).  Another record that just keeps on giving!

5. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm by The Creed Taylor Orchestra from another stereo showcase LP Ping Pang Pong The Swinging Ball (ABC-Paramount ABCS-325, Stereo, 1960).  Some day I'll put together a Space Age Pop Christmas disc.  Someday...

6. Go Tell It On The Mountain, an excellent version by Brook Benton-Arranged And Conducted By Malcolm Dodds from If You Believe (Mercury SR 60619, Stereo, 1961).  Good stuff here.

7. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire), one of a very few Christmas songs recorded by the one and only Sammy Davis, Jr., this one is from the LP The Nat King Cole Song Book (Reprise RS-6164, Stereo, 1965).  I think he first released the song on a Mel Torme tribute LP, but it showed up again on this Nat King Cole themed album.

8. Christmas Sing Along With Jose-Jingle Bells by Bill Dana as Jose Jimenez, the sort of ethnic humor that you don't really hear much of these days, for obvious reasons.  This is from Jose Jimenez In Orbit-Bill Dana On Earth (Kapp KS-3257, Stereo, 1962).  Whatever happened to Bill Dana?

9. Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year by Eydie Gorme-Arranged And Produced By Don Costa from Love Is A Season (ABC-Paramount ABC-273, Mono, 1959).  This is from my lopsided pressing of the LP.  Side one is stereo, side two is mono.  This track was on side two, so you only get the single channel.

10. March Of The Toys By Billy May And His Orchestra from Billy May's Naughty Operetta (Capitol T487, Mono, 1954).  I believe this is the original source of this track.  I've shared it a few times from a later Pickwick reissue.

11. Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring by Jack Conner-Vibraharp & Marimba With Orchestra Directed By Ralph Carmichael from A Merry Heart (Chapel Records LP 5019, Mono).  Ralph Carmichael has gotten involved in some weird stuff over the years...

12. Baby, It's Cold Outside by Sacha Distel-Arranged And Conducted By Ray Ellis taken from the LP From Paris With Love (RCA Victor LPM-2611, Mono, 1962).  No info on the sleeve that might tell me who the female voice on this one is.  Odd, since you hear her first!

13. April-Snowdrop by Morton Gould At The Piano And Conducting His Orchestra, maybe the last track I grabbed from Tchaikovsky: The Months, Op. 37a (Columbia Masterworks ML 4487, Mono, 1950).  Someday I'll find another copy of this LP and I'll rip the whole thing, promise!

And that's it, another lucky thirteen tracks.  Not too many days left here, so start thinking about your favorites.  I need to start dropping some tracks into the best-of folder, and I'm interested in hearing what you guys like the most.  Comments are always welcome!  Now, the share...


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Christmas In July 2017 Day 20

Day 20, that's almost 2/3 of the way through!  Making good time now.  Got plenty of stuff in the share folder, and I still have plenty of records in the to-be-ripped pile.  So I'm going to start trying to dump more tracks a day on you.  I started at five a day and tonight I've got lucky thirteen for you.  So it's like a whole various artists Christmas album for you.  Just sequence it and you're good to go.  Not sure how good these tracks sound together, but then sometimes you get an album that's just not right...  Anyhow, let's see what's in the pile for you tonight.

1. African Noel by Silver Burdett Records from Making Music Your Own-Kindergarten Record IV (Silver Burdett Records 75 180 4, Mono, 1966).  As good a place to start as any.  I've only ever heard one other version of this song, and I think it was about the same time period.  I need to research it a bit.

2. Baby, It's Cold Outside by Jimmy Smith & Wes Montgomery from Jimmy & Wes-The Dynamic Duo (Verve V6-8678, Stereo, 1967).  Very good, swinging version of this perennial favorite.

3. A Christmas Festival by Frederick Fennell from The Music of Leroy Anderson, Volume 3 (Mercury Living Presence MG50400, Mono, 1965).  Good stuff, wish I'd found it in stereo, though.  I'll keep digging, don't worry.

4. Out In The Cold Again by Don, Dick 'N Jimmy from Spring Fever (Modern LMP 1205 (aka Crown CLP 5005), Mono, 1957).  From a budget label before they really went downhill.  I had two copies, and one was on really poor looking vinyl.  The other seemed OK, though.

5. Hanover Winter Song by The Dartmouth College Glee Club-Paul R. Zeller, Director, from the LP Reflections On Dartmouth (Recording Made Especially For James Campion, Inc., Hanover N.H. OSS-2381, Mono, 1966).  For some reason, I seem to see a lot of copies of this LP.  I think it was sold in a store as a souvenir of the college, not as a concert remembrance, so that may have increased the audience somewhat.

6. The Bells Of Saint Mary's by Connie Francis, another track from her Kennedy tribute In The Summer Of His Years (MGM SE 4210, Stereo, 1963).  I think all the tracks on this LP came from earlier albums, but I didn't check too hard.

7. Christmas Cradle Hymn by the Christmas snowman himself Burl Ives With The Radio Kids Bible Club Children's Choir from the album Songs I Sang In Sunday School (Word WST-8130-LP, Stereo, 1963).  You can't go wrong with Burl at Christmas.

8. Dream Pantomime From Hansel And Gretel by Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra-Julius Rudel, Musical Director from that bank promotional LP Christmas In Concert And More... (Allentown Record Co. For Buffalo Savings Bank, No Number, Stereo, 1979).  I certainly do seem to be sharing out a lot of classical stuff this year that I might not ordinarily touch.

9. Christmas Day by Bob Hope, a bit of standup from his themed album Holidays (Spear/Bell Records Spear 4700, Stereo, 1973).  I was going to do a whole day of little standup bits, but I couldn't find enough of them to fill a whole day.  Sorry.

10. Sleigh Ride by Bing Crosby With The Pete Moore Orchestra from his last LP Seasons (Polydor PD-1-6128, Stereo, 1977).  Hope and Crosby, Crosby and Hope.  See what I did there?

11. June In January by Billy Vaughn from Ode To Billy Joe (Dot DLP 25828, Stereo, 1967).  Surprisingly good.  I don't know what I was expecting but I thought this was a pleasant surprise.

12. Medley: Silent Night, Holy Night; Little Town Of Bethlehem; Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (Organ Solo) by The Banjo Barons-Arranged And Conducted By Teo Macero And Marty Manning from the LP The Banjo Barons Play Music For Happy Times (Columbia CL 2089  "Radio Station Copy-Not For Sale", Mono, 1963).  I don't hear any banjos on this, do you?  Very odd...

13. Ah! Sweet Mystery Of Life; Sweethearts Waltz; March Of The Toys; Toyland; Streets Of New York; Thine Alone by Andre Kostelanetz And His Orchestra from Music Of Victor Herbert (Columbia Masterworks ML 4094, Mono, 1949).  This was from the very first year of the LP.  Columbia had just started making these things.  Pretty cool that something like this survives, but I guess there are plenty of older recordings out there.

And that's it.  Too much typing for one night.  Hope you find something you like.  Lemme know!


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Christmas In July 2017 Day 19

It's late, I'm tired, I just got off work, I'm going to bed.  Twelve tracks in tonight's share.  I'll detail them all later, they're all from the stuff I ripped last year but never shared.  Artists include Hugo Winterhalter, Della Reese, Morton Gould, The Don Baker Trio, Esquivel, Fats Waller, Joanie Sommers, really too much good stuff in one pile.  I should have spread it out a little better.  But you'll see.


OK, let me update this post from last night with the tracks I shared in it.  Thanks for your patience.

1. Winter Wonderland by Music Minus One (Tyree Glenn, Seldon Powell, George Duvivier, Ed Shaughnessy) from the album Fools Rush In (Music Minus One 4046, Stereo).  This is one of those albums that you're supposed to perform along with.  I don't remember off the top of my head which instrument in particular was left off of this one, but give it a listen and see if you can find what's missing.

2. White Christmas by Joan Morris And William Bolcom, Piano from The Girl On The Magazine Cover-Songs Of Irving Berlin (RCA Red Seal ARL1-3089, Stereo, 1979).  I think I must have stuck this file in the wrong folder.  I just ripped this the other day, yet it was in my folder of music recorded last year.  I need to pay more attention...

3. Sun Valley Ski Run by Esquivel And His Orchestra from Strings Aflame (RCA Victor LSP-1988, Stereo, 1959).  Good stuff here!

4. Sleigh Ride by The Don Baker Trio from Cocktail Hammond (Capitol ST1099, Stereo, 1959).  1959 seems to be a popular year around these parts.  I wonder why that is?

5. Sleigh Bell by Six Fat Dutchmen Under The Direction Of H. Loeffelmacher from Schottisches (RCA Victor LSP-1957, Stereo, 1959).  See, there's 1959 again!

6. A Marshmallow World, another track by Hugo Winterhalter from his LP A Season For My Beloved (ABC-Paramount ABCS-447, Stereo, 1963).  How many more tracks can I have from this one?

7. Greensleeves by Joe Wilder from The Pretty Sound (Columbia CS 8173 (Demonstration), Stereo, 1959).  Another one...

8. Baby, It's Cold Outside (From The MGM Film "Neptune's Daughter") by Joanie Sommers from Sommers' Seasons (Warner Bros WS1504, Stereo, 1963).  One that isn't from 1959.  Good.

9. Swingin' Them Jingle Bells-Vocal by Fats Waller from The Complete Fats Waller Volume IV (RCA 2xLP 5905-1-RB, Mono, 1987, Originally Recorded in Chicago, 29 November 1936).  I shared the much rarer instrumental version of this with you earlier this month.  But this one is good too.

10. Sweet Little Jesus Boy by Helen Harbourt Zingg, Soprano; Julius C. Zingg. F.A.G.O., Organist And Director from Union Choir Sings (Mirrorsonic CM 7135, Mono).  Another from one of those local homemade records.

11. January-By The Hearth by Morton Gould At The Piano And Conducting His Orchestra from Tchaikovsky: The Months, Op. 37a (Columbia Masterworks ML 4487, Mono, 1950).  I've gotten several comments about this album.  You never know what people are going to like, I guess.

12. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm by Della Reese With Orchestra Conducted By Sid Bass from And That Reminds Me (Jubilee JGM 1116, Mono, 1959).  And of course we end on 1959.

Thanks for your patience.  I was way too tired to type all this in last night.  Hope there's something in there you enjoyed.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Christmas In July 2017 Day 18

Hello and welcome to another rushed weeknight edition of Christmas In July!  I never seem to allow myself enough time to post all this music and say pithy things about it on the weeknights.  I spend all my time after work trying to record my quota of new tracks for the day, then I spend the last half hour of the night trying to pick out some tracks and share them.  But you don't come here to read what I wrote, I suspect, you come for the music, and I don't intend to disappoint you!  Let's see what's in the pile tonight.

1. Snowfall by the great Earl Grant, taken from Fly Me To The Moon (Decca DL 74454, Stereo, 1963).  Earl Grant is all but forgotten today, but he left a large catalog of pretty good stuff.  He had a great Christmas LP, and one of my great finds during the Christmas season last year was a single of all-new Christmas songs he put out before the album.  And this track is not the last you'll hear from him this month.

2. Greensleeves by The Vic Schoen Orchestra from Great Songs From All Over The World (Kapp K-1097-S, Stereo, 1961).  Those of you who haven't been around during earlier Christmas In July celebrations may wonder what's up with all these versions of Greensleeves.  Well, play it and sing the words to What Child Is this.  See?  Same song!

3. Fuyu Geshiki (Japanese Snowflakes) by 101 Strings, Conducted By Richard Müller-Lampertz, Koto Solos By Shinichi Yuize, the last selection I have for you from Songs Of The Season In Japan (Alshire S-5019, Stereo, 1964).  It is not, however, the last selection I have for you from 101 Strings this year.

4. Christmas Oratorio-Schlafe Mein Liebster, a little bit of classical vocal fireworks for you by Marilyn Horne With The Vienna Cantata Orchestra Conducted By Henry Lewis from the LP Marilyn Horne Sings Back And Handel (London OS 26067, Stereo, 1969).  Honestly, I don't know where I come up with some of this stuff sometimes.

5. Blue Lonely Winter by Jimmy Newman from The Jimmy Newman Way (Decca DL 74960, Stereo, 1967).  And now we venture into something close to country.  Or countrypolitan, or whatever you want to call it.  Hard to assign genres sometimes.

6. Suite Of Carols (Excerpts) by Frederick Fennell from The Music Of Leroy Anderson, Volume 3 (Mercury Living Presence MG50400, Mono, 1965).  I think I know why they call this excerpts, but I need to do some comparisons.  Stay tuned...

7. Lambeth Walk/Leaning On A Lamp-Post/I'm A Little Christmas Cracker/This'll Make You Whistle by Big Ben Banjo Band With The Mike Sammes Singers from the album Sing Along With Big Ben (Columbia/EMI (UK) 33SX 1757, Mono, 1965).  I love when I pick up some odd LP with just a neat cover, flip it over, and there some Christmas goodness hidden in the track listing.  And the Mike Sammes Singers to boot!

8. I Yust Go Nuts At Christmas by Yogi Yorgesson, a ringer taken from his reverb-drenched LP The Great Comedy Hits Of Harry Stewart As Yogi Yorgesson And Harry Kari (Capitol Star Line T1620, Mono, 1961).  Listening to this while I was recording it (I ripped the whole thing, just because), I was almost convinced it was a different recording than I was used to, then I realized they'd just added echo or reverb to it to make it sound a little fuller.  I guess they did that a lot in the early years of the stereo era with  mono recordings.  Probably better than fake stereo, but not much.

9. I Saw Three Ships by Silver Burdett Records (there was no artist listed, so I just named it after the label...) from the LP Making Music Your Own-Kindergarten Record IV (Silver Burdett Records 75 180 4, Mono, 1966).  I ripped a whole pile of Christmas and Chanukah music from this record tonight, so you'll be sick of it by the time I'm through sharing them all with you.  Even a few Thanksgiving tracks, you know, just in case...

10. Easter Parade; White Christmas by Jay Blackton Conducting His Chorus And Orchestra from the tribute album Let Me Sing And I'm Happy-The Best Of Irving Berlin (Epic LN 3408, Mono, 1957).  Two holidays in one!

11. Ave Maria by Joni James With Orchestra And Chorus Conducted By David Terry from Give Us This Day-Songs Of Inspiration (MGM E3528, Mono, 1957).  Why am I sharing eleven tracks?  I must have clicked on too many or lost count when I was selecting what to share.  Now I'll have to stay up even later and record more for you.

That's it.  Enjoy.


Monday, July 17, 2017

Christmas In July 2017 Day 17

Another day, another post.  I got nothing cute to say, sorry.

1. Skater's Waltz-Grande Valse by The Organ Masters from Music For Skaters (RCA Camden CAS-2363, Stereo, 1969).  I guess this was the organ equivalent of the Living series.  At least I don't think I've ever seen a Living Organ record.  It was even produced by Ethel Gabriel.

2. Little Drummer Boy, one of many tracks I have to share with you by The Kennedy Space Center Chorus, Directed By Arthur C. Benington from the LP Voices Of Space (Century Records 32909, Stereo).  Not sure of the year on this, but I'm guessing 1967 or 1968.  What other blog is going to bring you music recorded by a chorus of people who were hard at work putting a man on the moon?

3. White Christmas By The Wurlitzer Company from their how-to guide, Organ Melodies From The Hobby-Lesson Course For Wurlitzer Organs (Rite Record Productions for The Wurlitzer Company 12183/12184, Mono, 1964). Short, but sweet.

4. Valse Finale by Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler, Conductor from the early LP Khatchaturian-Masquerade/Tchaikovsky-The Nutcracker (RCA Victor Red Seal LM 1029 (Reissue of 78 RPM set DM-1164), Mono, 1946).  I think this is the last track I have to share from this one.  I could be wrong, though, and I'm too lazy to check.

5. My Favorite Things by The Pete Jolly Trio And Friends from Little Bird (Ava Records A-22, Mono, 1963).  My knowledge of Pete Jolly is pretty limited, but I know it was his music inside some of the best Jim Flora album covers of all time.  No one ever listens to the music on those, though, they just look at the artwork.

6. June In January by Don, Dick 'N Jimmy from their LP Spring Fever (Modern LMP 1205 (aka Crown CLP 5005), Mono, 1957).  At the time, I guess this wasn't a budget label, but things were headed downhill quick.

7. A Jazz Holiday by Ted Lewis And His Band-Vocal By Ted Lewis from Everybody's Happy! (Epic LN 3170, Mono, 1955, Originally Recorded 3 April 1928).  I think they're singing about a different kind of holiday...

8. Doll Dance by Guy Lombardo And His Royal Canadians-Fred Kreitzer And Francis Vigneau At The Twin Pianos from The Twin Pianos (DDecca DL 8119, Mono, 1955).  I guess the duo piano thing isn't as novel as I once thought...

9. Deck The Halls by Jun & Merrill Ostrus, Dominic Cortese on Accordion from They Came Singing (Bowmar B-513, Mono).  I think this was another kiddie record, or maybe a sample record for music you could buy for your choral group.  Yeah, that sounds right.  Perhaps I've recorded too much if I can't even remember what I recorded last week.

10. Bells Of St Mary's by The Wurlitzer Company from the LP Organ Melodies From The Hobby-Lesson Course For Wurlitzer Organs (Rite Record Productions for The Wurlitzer Company 12183/12184, Mono, 1964). Wait a minute, I just shared a track from this record up above.  Sigh.  I need more sleep.  Let me pull another one out of my hat for you.

11. My Favorite Things by Marilyn King Accompanied By The Alvino Rey Orchestra from The King Family Show! (Warner Bros. W1601, Mono, 1965).  And now I've shared the same song twice in one night.  Double-sigh.  Oh well.  Back in the old days of the blog, I used to share this track out as a bonus song for the King Family Christmas album.  I need to find a stereo copy though. 

There you have it, eleven tracks with way too many screw-ups.  I'm going to bed early.


Sunday, July 16, 2017

Christmas In July 2017 Day 16

Woo Hoo!  Halfway through the month!  It's late, but I've got a ton of music for you today in honor of making it half the way through July.  So here goes...

1. 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, a big long holiday medley by The Murk Family With Accompanist-Arranger Betty Bowman from their LP Love For All Seasons (MFM Records MFM-7007, Stereo).  This was one of the first songs I recorded this year for Christmas in July.  These guys have four Christmas albums that I know of, so I wouldn't be surprised if this shows up on one of those, but maybe not.

2. Snowflakes by Sing & Learn from the album Seasonal Songs (Macmillan Educational Company 09015, Stereo, 1989).  I spent a big chunk of today recording songs from many, many kiddie educational LPs, and this is one of those.  Not the most exciting way to spend your Sunday, but it put a lot of new shares in the stack.

3. Snowfall, and old chestnut by The Singers Unlimited from their album Four Of Us (BASF MB 21852, Stereo, 1974).  Always nice when someone does something different with a familiar song.

4. On A Chris-I-Mus Morning by Alan Mills from Holiday Songs (Bowmar B 2055 168, Stereo, 1966).  This another one of those kiddie albums I was talking about.  Designed for teachers to educate the kiddies, I guess.

5. March Of The Toys by Marty Gold And His Orchestra from 24 Pieces Of Gold (RCA Victor 2xLP VPS-6012, Stereo, 1962).  Odd catalog number on this one, I wonder if it was a record club release?

6. June In January by Nelson Riddle And His Orchestra from the album The Joy Of Living (Capitol ST 1148, Stereo, 1959).  Can't go wrong with Nelson Riddle.  My friend Buster shared out a related EP some years ago that made me think of this record when he reshared a remastered version recently.

7. Greensleeves by The Stanley-Johnson Orchestra Featuring The Duo Harps Of Dorothy Remsen And Catherine Johnk, from the album with best cover and title of the day, Have Harp Can't Travel (Liberty LST 7118, Stereo, 1959).  If you've never laid eyes on this cover, head on over to Discogs and take a look.

8. Skatin' Waltz In Swingtime by Lawrence Welk And His Champagne Music from Dance Party (Mercury MG 20092, Mono, 1956).  I'm always on the hunt for new Christmas songs by Larry, and this is a good one.

9.  Mary Had A Baby by Frank Boggs from the album Spirituals (Word W-3161-LP, Mono, 1963).  I think I shared out a 10" LP from this same guy last year, so this is a nice addition.

10. Greensleeves (Really, again?!?) by The Ray Bryant Trio from Little Susie (Columbia CL 1449, Mono, 1960).  Twice now I've put the same song in the same share on the same night.  I gotta pay more attention.

OK, so everything above is from this year, but I pulled some more from the stuff I recorded last year but never shared.  So let's keep going!

11. Winter In New England by Joanie Sommers, another track for you from Sommers' Seasons (Warner Bros WS1504, Stereo, 1963).  Good stuff.

12. The Things We Did Last Summer by The George Shearing Quintet With Nancy Wilson from their shared LP The Swingin's Mutual! (Captiol ST 1524, Stereo, 1961).  Well, I say shared.  If memory serves, Nancy is only on half the tracks.

13. Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers by Esquivel And His Orchestra from his LP Strings Aflame (RCA Victor LSP-1988, Stereo, 1959).  Yes, a Christmas song that wasn't on his half of that super-rare Christmas LP he shared with Ray Martin.

14. Our Winter Love by Hugo Winterhalter from his mostly-holiday LP A Season For My Beloved (ABC-Paramount ABCS-447, Stereo, 1963).  At one time I had never seen or even heard of this LP, but I've got a few copies of it now.  Not nearly so common as his stuff on RCA.

15. Father Christmas Do Not Touch Me by The Goodies from The Goodies Greatest (Bradley's Records (UK) BRADL 1012, Stereo, 1976).  A rare appearance from a non-US LP.  I try to pick up anything odd that I see and look for Christmas.  This one stood out like a sore thumb.

16. Winter by The Dunster Dunces from Songs From All Corners ("Pressed but not recorded by Columbia Records" XTV 64384/64385, Mono, 1960).  Homemade stuff.

17. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm, another great track from the The Mills Brothers, this one pulled from Memory Lane (Decca DL 8219, Mono, 1956).  I wish these guys had done more Christmas stuff back in their prime.  There are a few tracks, but their Christmas album proper came far too late in their career.

18. Hallelujah Chorus "Messiah" by Union Congregational Chorus; Julius C. Zingg. F.A.G.O., Organist And Director from Union Choir Sings (Mirrorsonic CM 7135, Mono).  More homemade stuff, this time by a church group.  Not bad...

19. December-Christmas, yet another track by the great Morton Gould from his LP Tchaikovsky: The Months, Op. 37a (Columbia Masterworks ML 4487, Mono, 1950).  1950 was only the second year that LPs were being produced, so this one has really survived a long trip into the future.

20. Baby, It's Cold Outside by Pearl Bailey-Orchestra Under The Direction Of Mitchell Ayres from the small LP Pearl's Pearls (Columbia 10" 33 RPM CL 2604 House Party Series, Mono, 1956).  I think there are at least three records of hers with this same title.  They're probably on three different labels though.  Each one thought they were being cute and original, I bet.

And that's it.  Twenty tracks for your halfway point, over an hour of music!  Enjoy them, and there's still a lot to come.  Be sure to come back again tomorrow.


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Christmas In July 2017 Day 15

Trying to get this done early today so I can go out and see Spiderman today.  I doubt it has any Christmas content in it, though, so this post is going to have to be it for the day.  Here's what you're getting for the almost halfway point.

1. Snowfall, a personal favorite version by George Shearing, String Choir Conducted By Billy May from the LP The Shearing Touch (Capitol ST1472, Stereo, 1960).  And Billy May makes anything better.

2. Glory To Him (Ukranian Carol) (Na Nebi Sirka) by Don Cossack Choir-Serge Jaroff, Conductor-Soloist: I. Seifert from Russian Fair (Decca Gold Label DL 710016, Stereo, 1959).  I'm sure neither Donald Trump nor any of his associates have ever listened to this song.

3. Fuyu No Yoru (Winters Night) by 101 Strings, Conducted By Richard Müller-Lampertz, Koto Solos By Shinichi Yuize, another track from Songs Of The Seasons In Japan (Alshire S-5019, Stereo, 1964).  If you'd told me 20 years ago that I'd be caring even slightly about 101 Strings, I'd have told you that you were crazy, yet here we are.

4. Doll Dance by Vincent Lopez, His Piano And Orchestra from Lopez Playing (Columbia Special Archive Series CSRP 8229, Stereo, 1960).  I thought I had already shared this one this year, but I guess not.  I know I've shared it in years past, though.

5. (a) Las Posadas: Pastorcita Virgen (b) Las Posadas: Virgen Shepherdess By Unknown Mexican Children from the LP Latin American Children Game Songs-Recorded In Puerto Rico And Mexico By Henrietta Yurchenco (Folkways FC 7851, "Electronically Rechanneled To Simulate Stereo", 1968).  I guess Henrietta Yurchenco was somewhat like Alan Lomax in that she went out and recorded folk music in it's natural environs.  Interesting stuff.  You'll get more of this later in the month.

6. The Troika by Alfred Newman Conducting The 20th Century-Fox Orchestra, which I just pulled this morning from Anastasia-Music From The Soundtrack (Decca DL 8460, Mono, 1956).  Doesn't sound very Christmassy, but the name...  It's all in the title.

7. The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot by The Sun Tones, another great old favorite of mine from A Touch Of Gold (Sunrise Records LP 2309, Mono, 1961).  It's hard to go wrong with a barbershop Christmas song!

8. I Wonder As I Wander Out Under The Sky, another song by John Jacob Niles, Mountaineer Tenor, With Dulcimer Accompaniment from his LP John Jacob Niles Sings American Folk Songs (RCA Camden CAL 245, Mono, 1956).  Again, someone who sought out old folk songs, only this time he recorded them himself instead of recording the original performers.

9.  Beautiful Candy By The Paul Smith Ensemble from Carnival! In Percussion (Verve V-4051, Mono, 1961).  I love the candy songs!

And that's it!  Today is the day when I passed the symbolic 100 songs shared!  So you've got a pretty good selection going and there's plenty more where this came from.  I'm back on track with recording more than I'm sharing (which obviously can't keep going forever) so there's plenty in the pile for you.  Here's the link for you, and have a great day.


Friday, July 14, 2017

Christmas In July 2017 Day 14

Fourteen days in a row, I'm on fire!  No, really, I'm on fire, somebody come over and spray some water before all this vinyl starts melting and I drown!  OK, I'm obviously delirious from staying up too late recording music.  So I'm gonna share some Christmas music and hit the hay.  What have I got for you tonight?  Let's have a look...

1. Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year, another one by Leslie Uggams-Arranged And Conducted By Glenn Osser, from the album So In Love! (Columbia CL 2071, Mono, 1963).  Need to dig this one up in stereo.  And I need to dig up two Christmas singles that Leslie recorded for MGM back in the day under the name Leslie Crayne.  I believe they were also reissued as a single EP once she became a little better known.  Anybody care to hook me up with a hard copy?

2. Winter Moon by the legendary Hoagy Carmichael With The Pacific Jazzmen-Arranged And Conducted By Johnny Mandel from what I think was his last LP, Hoagy Sings Carmichael (Pausa 9006 (reissue of Pacific Jazz PJ 1223, 1957), Mono, 1982).  Good stuff.  I only know of one true Christmas song by Hoagy, and it took me forever, but I eventually found a 45 of it as performed by The Mills Brothers.

3. Blue December by Gordon Jenkins And His Orchestra from the album Gordon Jenkins' Almanac ("X" (on sleeve) Vik (on label) LXA-1026, Mono, 1955).  Interesting collection of songs, one for each month of the year.  Another one I may go back and revisit in it's entirety after the month is over.

4. March Of The Toys by Ethel Smith from Ethel Smith's Toy Parade (Decca 10" 33 RPM DL 5283, Mono, 1951).  I still need to go back through and compare these older versions to the newer ones to see if they are the same or re-recordings.  She re-released a lot of her stuff time and again, so much so that I don't know what's what.

5. Ave Maria by Connie Francis from her tribute to JFK, In The Summer Of His Years (MGM SE 4210, Stereo, 1963). Don't think I've had this one in stereo before, but I could be mistaken.

6. Skater's Cha Cha by the great Claude Thornhill And His Orchestra from his album Dance To The Sound Of Claude Thornhill And His Orchestra (Decca DL 78878, Stereo, 1958).  Yes, he did songs other than Snowfall.

7. Divertissement De Chocolat, another track from Tchaivoksky's Nutcracker Ballet performed by Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler, Conductor, pulled from the album Khatchaturian-Masquerade/Tchaikovsky-The Nutcracker (RCA Victor Red Seal LM 1029 (Reissue of 78 RPM set DM-1164), Mono, 1946).  Excellent stuff, as always from these folks.

8. Go Tell It On The Mountain by Bill Mann With The Concert Orchestra Of Stockholm, title track from the album Go Tell It On The Mountain (Word W-3321-LP, Mono, 1965).  Good stuff here.

9. Jesus Born In A Manger by Aunt Theresa Worman from Aunt Theresa's Stories (Super Recordings SR-2026, Mono).  Well, they can't all be good, can they?

And that's it.  I'm tired.  Good night.  See you again tomorrow, I hope.


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Christmas In July 2017 Day 13

Lucky number 13!  I must be doing something right.  Let's jump right in, feet first. first time!

1. The Sound Of Christmas by 101 Strings, Recorded Under The Direction Of D.L. Miller, a rerun around here, but this time pulled from the album Themes And Songs Of American Holidays (Alshire S-5056, Stereo, 1967).  Pretty sure when I shared this with you last time, it was from a promo version sent to radio stations with a slightly different track list.  This track is still the same, though, and pretty good.

2. Toy Symphony, Hob. II, No. 27, a bit of classical goodness by Württemberg Chamber Orchestra, Heilbronn-Jörg Faerber, Conductor, from the LP Humour In Music-18th Century Style (Turnabout (Vox) TV 34134S, Stereo, 1967).  I don't know about the humour bit, but it's nice music.

3. Winter Time by Trio Shmeed-Orchestra Conducted By Don Costa, an excellent new find this year, and the second song I've shared with you from their LP Trio Schmeed (ABC-Paramount ABC-103, Mono, 1955).  There's some other nice stuff on this LP, probably one of the ones I'll go back and record when I have some free time and it's not July.

4. Les Patineurs-Waltz, OP. 183 performed by Robert Irving, Conducting Sinfonia Of London, and lifted from the LP Philharmonic Pops (Capitol SG 7178, Stereo, 1958).  If you don't recognize the title, it's The Skater's Waltz in French, I believe.  Someone will correct me if I'm wrong.

5. Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers  (From "Chauve Souris") by Richard Hayman And His Harmonica Orchestra from his stereo spectacular Harmonica Holiday (Mercury PPS 6005, Stereo, 1961).  From another set of stereo show-off discs, this time the series put out on Mercury.

6. Let There Be Peace On Earth (Let It Begin With Me) by The Norman Luboff Choir from This Is Norman Luboff! (RCA Victor LSP-2342, Mono, 1961).  One of those albums I've seen a thousand times but never looked at the track list.  Monday I picked it up and there it was.  Now if I'd only done that with a nice clean stereo copy...

7. Ding Dong Merrily On High by The Dixie High School Madrigal Singers from The Dixie H.S. Concert Choir Of 1966-1967 (Dixie High School, Dayton, OH, 19165/19166, Mono, 1967).  I really haven't shared out very many of these home-baked high school musicals this year.  I have them in the pile, I've just been more interested in the other stuff I have to share.  But when I get to them, you'll know it!

8. Moonlight In Vermont by Brook Benton from Songs I Love To Sing (Mercury SR 60602, Stereo, 1960).  Not sure about the Christmas relevance of this song, but I've seen it pop up on plenty of winter-themed albums.  I guess there are a couple lines in there that could be winter...

9. Dream Of A Doll by Al Bollington, another track from his LP Organ Hues In Hi-Fi (Dot DLP 3110, Mono, 1958).  Not sure how I reached the point where any song with the word 'Doll' in the title is a possible Christmas song, but here we are.

And here we are at the end of a particularly long list of songs tonight.  Hope there's something in there that you find enjoyable.  Leave me a note and let me know what your favorite is.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Christmas In July 2017 Day 12

Whew, got off at a decent hour today so I was able to record a few tracks for the pile. I keep finding more and more records that I want to grab a track from, they seem to come out of the woodwork at times.  At some point I'm going to have to just stop and call it good enough, but not any time real soon since I'm on a bit of a roll.  So let's take a look at what I've got tonight for you.

1. Go Tell It On The Mountain by Thurlow Spurr And The Spurrlows from The Spurrlows Now (Word WST-8445-LP, Stereo, 1969).  A great little bit of Now Sound from a religious LP.  These guys were hired by Chrysler to go around and perform concerts back in the late Sixties.  They even released a Christmas LP during that period, and it's not too shabby.

2. Baby Doll (Theme From "Baby Doll") by Ted Heath And His Music from Showcase (London LL 1737, Mono, 1958).  Not quite as good as the other Ted Heath I shared with you recently, but no the worst thing I'll share out with you this month.

3. Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers, one of those songs I probably share too frequently this month, but you gotta take what you can get.  This one is performed by The Peter London Orchestra-Arranged And Conducted By Art Harris from the LP The Sound Of Top Brass (Kapp ML-7500, Mono, 1960).  If memory serves (and it usually doesn't these days), this is the second track I've brought to you this month from this LP.  And I think there's one more to go.

4. Skating In Central Park (From "Odds Against Tomorrow") by John Lewis from the various artists album Jazz From The Movies (Ascot AM 13012, Mono, 1964).  Pretty sure I shared out a track of the same name by The Modern Jazz Quartet some years ago, but it didn't ring any bells when I listened to it.  Must not be very memorable.

5. Lulle Lullay (The Coventry Carol) by John Jacob Niles, Mountaineer Tenor, With Dulcimer Accompaniment, one of the unsung early collectors of folk songs across America, taken from his album John Jacob Niles Sings American Folk Songs (RCA Camden CAL 245, Mono, 1956).  Nice, and there are a couple more where this one came from.

6. My Favorite Things by The Hi-Lo's With Orchestra Conducted By Warren Barker from Broadway Playbill (Columbia CS 8213, Stereo, 1960).  Everybody needs more of The Hi-Lo's in their life.  Honest!

7. Winter Wonderland by Cliff Duphiney With Vincent Marino, Percussionist from the interestingly titled LP Cliff Duphiney's Explosion Of The Tone Cabinets (Decora-Amphora DALP 2002, Mono, 1961).  I was disappointed to find out that I had shared this one before in Stereo.  I guess not every re-share is an improvement.

8. Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year by the great Bing Crosby With The Pete Moore Orchestra from the very last LP he recorded in his lifetime, Seasons (Polydor PD-1-6128, Stereo, 1977).  Such a great voice, and truly the father of almost all modern Christmas songs.  If he'd stopped after his first version of White Christmas, we'd still be talking about him today, but the rest of his Christmas catalog is right up there with the classics of Western civilization.

And that's it.  Another eight tracks, and I recorded 12 today, so I'm banking four.  That doesn't catch me up to yesterday, but I'm doing OK.  The weekend isn't too far away.  Hope you're finding something you like and thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Christmas In July 2017-Day 11

Whew, long, long day at work today, and didn't get anything done.  So I'm late tonight.  And I didn't get to record a single thing.  That's the first time since the beginning of the month that I haven't recorded more than I shared.  Oh, well, there should be plenty of days left in the month for me to make up for it.  Anyhow, I picked a quick set of shares tonight, so here goes.

1. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! by Vaughn Monroe, not the original hit but a short version he recorded for Dot, His Greatest Hits (Dot DLP 25431, Stereo, 1962).  Nice to have this song in stereo, but it turns out this wasn't his first stereo recording of his 1945 hit.  Stay tuned...

2. Baby It's Cold Outside by not one but two great bands, Ted Heath And His Music & Edmundo Ros And His Orchestra, performing together for their second LP, Heath Vs. Ros Round 2 (London Phase 4 SP 44089, Stereo, 1967).  If you don't have both of their albums together, go find them now!

3. My Favorite Things (From The Production "The Sound Of Music") by Peter Nero, pulled from the album The Screen Scene Starring Peter Nero (RCA Victor LSP-3496, Stereo, 1966).  No arguments about whether or not this is a Christmas song, please.  It is what it is...

4. Honolulu Punch; Hawaiian Holiday; Mele Kalikimaka, a giant medley with a little bit of Christmas content by The Banjo Barons-Arranged And Conducted By Marty Manning, the stereo version of something I shared out a couple years ago in mono, from the LP The Banjo Barons Play Golden Hawaiian Hits (Columbia CS 8783, Stereo, 1963).  There's more where this came from, so stay tuned.

5. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm (From "On The Avenue") by Erroll Garner from Plays For Dancing (Columbia CL 667, Mono, 1956).  Garner is an underappreciated pianist in my humble opinion.  Wish he'd done more Christmas stuff.

6. Chilly Winds by Morgana King from her album Everybody Loves Saturday Night (Ascot ALS 16020, Stereo, 1964), which is actually a reissue of an earlier LP on United Artists from 1959 that I've never seen.  Good stuff, but not the best track on this LP.  Stay tuned!

7. Pas De Deux, a tiny slice of the Nutcracker Ballet by Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler, Conductor, reissued in the LP Khatchaturian-Masquerade/Tchaikovsky-The Nutcracker (RCA Victor Red Seal LM 1029, Mono, 1946).  This is the second track I've shared with you from this LP, and I've got two more to go.  Stay tun...well, you get the picture.

8. Walking On Ice, the second track I've brought you from The Kermit Leslie Orchestra and their album "Middlebrow" Music For The Hi-Fi Fan With The Kermit Leslie Orchestra (Epic 10" 33 RPM LG 1019, Mono, 1954).  And as a special treat for you tonight, my good pal Buster has decided to host the whole thing over at his blog, the home of all the 10" mid-century vinyl you could ever want.  Head on over and say howdy, tell him Honest Ern sent you!

And that's it.  Don't forget to stay tuned each and every day for the entire month of July for more and more goodies just like these!


Monday, July 10, 2017

Christmas In July 2017 Day 10

Hello!  And welcome to day 10!  I've just wasted an hour trying to get a cha cha cha version of a Nutcracker Suite song to play without skipping, and nothing I did worked.  So I'm a little frustrated tonight.  It's very rare that I come across a record that I can't play without skipping, I've got quite a few tricks up my sleeve, but this one just wouldn't cooperate.  So that's one track you aren't going to be hearing tonight, sorry.  Let's take a look at what I do have to share tonight.  I think all the tracks this evening are pulled from stuff I recorded for the un-heard Christmas in July 2016.  Here goes.

1. Silver Bells From The Paramount Picture "The Lemon Drop Kid" by Kitty Kallen & Richard Hayes from the LP Kitty Kallen Sings (Mercury Wing SRW 16241, Electronic Stereo, 1963).  I was so excited when I picked up this record and saw this track on there.  I ran home and ripped it pretty quick.  I think they recorded this for a single back in 1950, but I've never seen it.

2. Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers by Ken Griffin, not from his Christmas album but from The Sparkling Touch!-Bright And Merry Organ Favorites (Columbia CL 1709, Mono, 1961).  It could be on his Christmas album, but I didn't look to see.

3. The Things We Did Last Summer by Eydie Gorme-Arranged And Produced By Don Costa, one of a few tracks I'll be sharing from her LP Love Is A Season (ABC-Paramount ABC-273, 1959).  Not sure how it happened, but side one of my LP is in stereo while side two is in mono.  Luckily this track was on side 1 so it's presented here in stereo.

4. Snowball by The Four Populaires from the LP The Four Populaires At Greenbrier (Squire LP 553 A-B "At The Greenbrier, White Sulpher Springs, W. Va.", Mono).  Another LP by some local group that wanted to sell a souvenir at gigs.  Sometimes good, sometimes bad, you just never know what you're going to get.  Not sure that this one has anything to do with Christmas, but the title is good.

5. Green Sleeves by Kurt Jensen & His Orchestra from the album Complete Dance Party (Hallmark Blue Label Series HLP 305, Stereo).  And another one from somebody few people ever heard.

6. O Holy Night by Helen Harbourt Zingg, Soprano; Male Chorus; Julius C. Zingg. F.A.G.O., Organist And Director, from their album Union Choir Sings (Mirrorsonic CM 7135, Mono).  And then there's the records that are pressed up by groups who just want a record of their singing.  Lots of these, too.

7. Greensleeves by Buck Owens' Buckaroos-Fiddle Solo By Don Rich from a Buck-less LP called Anywhere, U.S.A. (Capitol ST 194, Stereo, 1969).  Did I really just put a second version of Greensleeves in the share tonight?  Sigh...

8. Snowfall by Hugo Winterhalter from his great unknown LP A Season For My Beloved (ABC-Paramount ABCS-447, Stereo, 1963).  I guess Mr. Winterhalter got tired of being the house everything at RCA after a while and went to record this LP for ABC.  Not sure how that worked out for him, it's not something you see very often.

And that's it.  Eight more tracks, we're headed in the right direction.  See you tomorrow!


Sunday, July 09, 2017

Christmas In July 2017 Day 9

It is the ninth, right?  I'm losing track of time.  So much Christmas music, so little time.  Let's go...

1. Baby It's Cold Outside, one of my favorite versions ever, by Ted Heath And His Music & Edmundo Ros And His Orchestra from their second LP together, Heath Vs. Ros Round 2 (London Phase 4 SP 44089, Stereo, 1967).  Seriously, give this a listen right now.  And if you love it, so out and buy the rest of the songs from their two albums together.

2. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm by Eric Johnson And His Orchestra from the LP Irving Berlin-Blue Skies And Other Favorites (Westminster WST 15021, Stereo, 1958).  I love these early Westminster albums.  I found this one and a couple full Christmas albums I didn't have just yesterday.  Gotta love it when you find good stuff at a good time.

3. The Children's Marching Song (From The 20th Century-Fox Film "The Inn Of The Sixth Happiness") by Ray Martin Conducting The Swingin' Marchin' Band from the LP Parade Of The Pops (RCA Victor LPM-1960, Mono, 1959).  Not really a Christmas song, but a lot of childhood favorites in medley form.  Pretty good either way.

4. Dancing Doll by TV favorite Lawrence Welk And His Champagne Music from Dance Party Featuring Lawrence Welk And His Champagne Music (Mercury MG 20092, Mono, 1956).  If you've never listened to Lawrence Welk's early stuff, so give it a listen.  It's much better than the stuff you used to watch with your grandmother on TV.  Really!

5. Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers (From "Chauve Souris") by Henri René And His Orchestra from the Stereo Action LP Dynamic Dimensions (RCA Victor LSA-2396, Stereo, 1961).  I've got all the albums in this series after many years of collecting, but I still buy them when I see them if they're cheap.  They are a beautiful thing to behold with their thick cardboard die-cut jackets, their fancy abstract color photographic inserts and the copious liner notes.

6. Sleigh Ride by Al Bollington from Organ Hues In Hi-Fi (Dot LP 3110, Mono, 1958).  Sleigh Ride is one of the easier Christmas songs to find on non-Christmas LPs.  It shows up in all sorts of places, from organ show-off LPs like this one to Leroy Anderson tributes to seasonal themed albums.  You learn over the years how to spot these things, trust me.

7. I Wonder As I Wander-Appalachian Carol by Mildred Miller from 100th Anniversary Commemorative Concert (John Hancock JH-100S, Stereo, 1961).  I shared this out a long time ago in mono, but had never seen a stereo copy until a week or so ago.  There is was at the half-price Goodwill clearance store.  I figure it was a sign!  Most of the tracks on this one feature Arthur Fiedler & The Boston Pops, but this one seems to be a capella.

8. Winter Melody by Donna Summer-Accompanied By The "Munich Machine" from the album Four Seasons Of Love (Casablanca NBLP 7038, Stereo, 1976).  I'd hoped this would be a little more disco, but it's closer to early Euro-pop.  Still a nice change of pace from what you normally get around here.

And I think that's it for the night.  Before I give you the download link, I want to point you to an interesting little spreadsheet I made the other day.  It lists every single track I've ever shared with you during Christmas in July!  I put everything into a playlist, then exported it to a spreadsheet.  It's a neat look at what I've shared before, and you can see the things that I've shared more than once.  I figure even after you take out all the duplicates, it's well over 1000 songs!  Have a look here.  And it's not a list for requests.  Most of those songs aren't coming back, at least not in that form.  And here's the download link for the night:


Saturday, July 08, 2017

Christmas In July 2017-Day 8

Whew, long day!  I've been out trying to find more Christmas tracks to share with you this month, and I must have flipped through ten thousand albums.  I could have done half again more but it was so hot in the warehouse I was digging that I couldn't stand it after about the first third.  That was my last stop, but it had the most records.  I was pretty lucky, I stopped at maybe 8 places and came away with records at 7.  Not always something to share but certainly something to listen to.  The one Goodwill I stopped at ticked me off when they told me the records were now $2.18 each!  I nearly put them all back, but I didn't.  I'll just keep that in mind the next time I stop and only buy really, really good stuff if they have it.  Most of the other places were much cheaper, so it all balanced out.  Now, onto the tracks for tonight.

1. Christmas Carol Sing-A-Long by Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra-Julius Rudel, Musical Director, from Christmas In Concert And More... (Allentown Record Co. For Buffalo Savings Bank, No Number, Stereo, 1979).  Looks like I shared this one out with you before, but I have no memory of it.  Side one is all Christmas tunes and side two is random non-Christmas.  Reading the liner notes, they've been holding seasonal concerts in the grand lobby of this Buffalo bank for almost twenty years, but this was the first time somebody got the bright idea to record it.  But, reading the liner notes even more carefully, this is the recording of a rehearsal in a local hall, months before the actual event, so you get really good sound, not something live in front of an audience.  Anyhow, you can look forward to a couple more tracks from this one through the month.

2. Moonlight in Vermont by Leslie Uggams With Mitch Miller And The Sing Along Gang from the LP Leslie (Columbia CS 9936, Stereo, 1970).  Not sure that I put this song squarely in the Christmas category, but I wanted something from Leslie and this is what I found.  Just roll with it, something better will come up, I'm sure.

3. Winter Blues Bossa Nova by Bent Fabric from his album Operation Lovebirds (Atco 33-202, Mono, 1967).  Because we needed some bossa nova around here.  And because he always has such great animal-themed album covers.

4. March Of The Toys ("Babes In Toyland") by Camarata Conducting The Kingsway Symphony Orchestra, taken from the LP The Great Victor Herbert (Phase 4 London SPC21143, Stereo, 1975).  Is that a Moog I hear in there, or just a garden variety synth?

5. The Holly And The Ivy, another track by The Dixie High School Concert Choir and their album The Dixie H.S. Concert Choir Of 1966-1967 (Dixie High School, Dayton, OH, 19165/19166, Mono, 1967).  Hey, at least it's a genuine, bonafide Christmas song!

6. Season's Greetings by Mabel Mercer from the double LP with Bobby Short, At Town Hall (Atlantic 2xLP SD 2-604, Stereo, 1969).  No, it's not really Christmas, but at least she mentions the holiday in there.

7. Greensleeves by George Greeley, His Piano And Orchestra from his LP Piano Rhapsodies Of Love (Reprise R9-6092, Stereo, 1961).  Somewhere in the past, I remember sharing out a whole LP of Christmas piano from Mr. Greeley.  But I don't remember much about it so it must not have made much of an impression.  Now what were we talking about?

That's it, lots of tracks tonight, I'm feeling good about the number of tracks I've already recorded and how many records I still have in the pile to go.  Wish me luck, we've still got a long way to go until August.  And remember, if you like what you've found here, tell your friends.  They need to come visit now.  Once these shares disappear, they're unlikely to ever come back.


Friday, July 07, 2017

Christmas In July 2017-Day 7

Day seven, one week in, still going strong!  Feels good to be posting again, and I've been digging up some good stuff at the junk stores.  Sometimes this job is easy, sometimes it's tough.  Let's see what I've got in the old share folder tonight for ya'll...

1. Winter Scene-Waltz Of The Snowflakes by the Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler, Conductor, from their LP Khatchaturian-Masquerade/Tchaikovsky-The Nutcracker (RCA Victor Red Seal LM 1029, Mono, Circa 1953).  I hunted around for a good date on this one for a while, and I couldn't quite put all the pieces together.  I did establish that it combines two earlier sets that had come out originally on a couple of 78 albums.  The Tchaikovsky one was DM-1164 and I believe it was issued in 1946.  I found an early ad from 1953 advertising a tour by Fiedler & The Boston Pops, and this was listed as one of their records that was available, but it was a long list, so I can't tell you if it was new then or not.  The cover for the 78 set is really nice.  There's a small version of it on the cover to this early LP.

2. Snowfall, the Claude Thornhill chestnut, by Living Strings Plus Two Pianos-Arranged And Conducted By Hill Bowen from the LP My Silent Love (RCA Camden CAL-754, Mono, 1963).  You might recognize the name Hill Bowen from some of the Hi-Fi Living LPs I've been resharing this year.  RCA seemed to put that Living Strings label on any band they could find with recordings to sell...

3. Greensleeves by Living Marimbas-Arranged And Conducted By Leo Addeo, from the album Love Is Blue (RCA Camden CAS-2253, Stereo, 1968).  How about that, two Living releases in a row?  It's almost a theme!  Leo Addeo in my mind is much more associated with his releases featuring the music of Hawaii, but I guess he wasn't just a one-trick pony.

4. The Virgin Mary, a rerun by The Chad Mitchell Trio from the album Reflecting (Mercury SR 60891, Stereo, 1964).  I think I shared this out a long time ago in mono, so this stereo copy might sound a little better to your ears.  Maybe.  The vinyl wasn't the cleanest...  I did pull a cover of a Shel Silverstein song from this one while I was recording.  Someday I hope to put together a collection of his songs that goes a little deeper than A Boy Named Sue or Cover Of The Rolling Stone.

5. The Skater's Waltz by Joe Reisman & His Orchestra, pulled from the LP Great American Waltzes (Forum SF 9061 (Originally Roulette SR-25089), Stereo, 1959).  1959 is the date for the original Roulette release of this LP, I couldn't find a reissue date.  Billboard is great, but it's not comprehensive.

6. March Of The Toys by George Melachrino And His Orchestra from the LP The Music Of Victor Herbert (RCA Victor LPM-2129, Mono, 1960).  Not sure why I ripped this one, I think I've shared a nice stereo copy with you in the past.  Just going for quantity over quality as it were.

That's it, another six tracks in the pile.  Here's the linky-link.


Thursday, July 06, 2017

Christmas In July 2017-Day 6

Good news, good news!  I found a whole other box of records marked CiJ (for Christmas in July) that I packed away last year!  The bad news is that only about half the records in the box fit the description, but that's still half a box more than I had before.  Pretty sure there's some good stuff in there, but I forced myself to wait until tomorrow to start pulling records out of it to record.  Still plenty of stuff in the old pile I need to work on.  The records I've already recorded this year don't quite fill up a box, so I've got a long way to go...  Now, onto the records...

1. The Toy Trumpet by The Peter London Orchestra-Arranged And Conducted By Art Harris, from the LP The Sound Of Top Brass (Kapp ML-7500, Mono, 1960).  The first of three tracks I pulled from this album, which featured three different conductors, but oddly enough, all three tracks I pulled were conducted by Art Harris.  This LP appears to have been an entry in their Medallion series of stereo spectaculars, but somehow I wound up with a mono copy and in a re-issue sleeve.  Oh well...

2. Coventry Carol by The Dixie High School Concert Choir, another selection from their album The Dixie H.S. Concert Choir Of 1966-1967 (Dixie High School, Dayton, OH, 19165/19166, Mono, 1967).  Nice to be able to throw in an actual Christmas song once in a while...

3. June In January (From The Paramount Picture "Here Is My Heart") by the world's premier duo-pianists Ferrante & Teicher, taken from the LP The Incomparable Piano Stylings Of Ferrante & Teicher (Sunset SUS-5235, Stereo, 1968).  Always good to hear a little something from these guys.

4. Nativity From King Of Kings by Miklos Rozsa from the clumsily-titled Miklos Rozsa Conducts His Great Themes From Ben-Hur, El Cid, Quo Vadis And King Of Kings (Capitol T 2837, Mono, 1967).  Maybe it sounds better when you're watching the movie, but I didn't really get a feeling of the Nativity from this one.

5. Jingle Bells-Instructions by Ed Durlacher & 6. Jingle Bells-Calls And Music by The Top Hands With Don Durlacher, both from Holiday Dances (Honor Your Partner Records (Educational Activities) 2xLP HYR-20, Mono, 1975).  Because you need to do a little square dancing on your Christmas day!

Another day, another fine batch of music.  Hope you enjoy it!


Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Christmas In July 2017-Day 5

G'day, and welcome to the fifth day of Christmas In July!  All of the songs in today's share were recorded last year for a July that never happened.  There's some good stuff in here, so let's get to it.

1. Be A Santa by Percy Faith And His Orchestra, from his LP featuring interpretations of songs from the musical Subways Are For Sleeping (Columbia CS 5833, Stereo, 1961).  I don't know why, but this was a hard LP to find.  You see lots of Percy Faith in the thrift store bins, but never this one for some reason.

2. Santa Claus Is Flat Gonna Come To Town by The Four Freshman from their second live LP The Four Freshmen In Person Volume 2 (Capitol ST 1860, Stereo, 1963).  This was one of my favorite finds from back in the day.  Some people find it too cheeky but I love it.  This is the sort of track I love to find and share with you here.

3. November "Troika" (Sleigh-Ride) by Morton Gould At The Piano And Conducting His Orchestra from his album Tchaikovsky: The Months, Op. 37a (Columbia Masterworks ML 4487, Mono, 1950).  This is the first of several holiday related tracks on this one.  I was pretty surprised when this turned up because it's the sort of record I'm always looking for but rarely find.

4. Swingin' Them Jingle Bells-Instrumental by Fats Waller from the compilation The Complete Fats Waller Volume IV (RCA 2xLP 5905-1-RB (Originally Recorded in Chicago, 29 November 1936), Mono, 1987).  Until I saw this LP, I didn't realize Fats had recorded an instrumental of his great Christmas song.  These days, I suppose this would be called the karaoke version.

5. When Winter Comes (From The 20th Century Fox Film "Second Fiddle") By Joanie Sommers from Sommers' Seasons (Warner Bros WS1504, Stereo, 1963).  Again, the sort of LP, I search for.  If they're singing about the seasons, there's a pretty good chance you'll get a few winter songs in there.

That's it.  Some new, some reruns, but all good stuff.  Enjoy!


Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Christmas In July 2017-Day 04

Gonna try and get something up a little bit earlier today.  Can't be up all night since I have to go to work in the morning, unlike the past four days in a row.  And with all that time off, I was able to get more than 80 tracks ripped and put in the pile for future Christmas in July sharing!  Hooray!  Still having a hard time finding new stuff that I haven't shared before, but I've got a few things that I don't think you've heard before.  And I hope the old stuff sounds better than the previous time I shared it.  Now, on with the show.

1. Oshogatsu-Yuki (Snow And New Year) by 101 Strings, Conducted By Richard Müller-Lampertz, Koto Solos By Shinichi Yuize from Songs Of The Seasons In Japan (Alshire S-5019, Stereo, 1964).  I've shared this one before, but it's always nice to share something that doesn't sound the same as everything else, and a bit of foreign flavor helps in that regard.

2. A Partridge In A Pear Tree (The Twelve Days Of Christmas) by Baja Marimba Band from the album For Animals Only (A&M SP4113, Stereo, 1965).  If I haven't shared this one before, then shame on me.  This was one of the first tracks I ever noticed in the middle of a non-Christmas album and wondered what it was doing there.  It also features on the A&M Christmas LP from the period, Something Festive.

3. December by Count Basie And The Mills Brothers from The Board Of Directors (Dot DLP 25838, Stereo, 1968).  One of the all-time great tracks that would have never found without all these July searches!  This is what it's all about!

4. Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers by Ethel Smith, the second track shared from Ethel Smith's Toy Parade (Decca 10" 33 RPM DL 5283, Mono, 1951).  Good stuff.

5. Excerpts From The Nutcracker-Scene And March by Antal Dorati And The London Symphony Orchestra from Curtain Up! Holidays Around The World (Mercury SR90361 For Broadcast Only-Not For Sale, Stereo, 1963).  At least this one, I think, is new to the blog.  At least I have no memory of having recorded it before, I didn't do an exhaustive search.

And that's it, five more tracks.  Hope you're having a great Fourth of July!  I wish they'd had the fireworks last night, then I could have stayed up late and watched them.  As it is, I'm sure every yokel in the neighborhood is going to be setting off explosions until tomorrow morning sometime.  I'm so old.


Monday, July 03, 2017

Christmas In July 2017-Day 3

I was shocked today to discover a folder full of Christmas in July songs I ripped last year but never shared out.  So that means I've got plenty more songs in the can to share with you than I first thought!  Gonna be a good month as long as I can find new stuff and not just a bunch of repeats.  So, what have I got for tonight?  Let's see...

1. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by The Dixie High School Madrigal Singers from Dayton, Ohio, the first of several tracks from their LP The Dixie H.S. Concert Choir Of 1966-1967 (Dixie High School, Dayton, Ohio, 19165/19166, Mono, 1967).  I see a lot of these old LPs from high schools, junior highs, elementary schools, church groups, civic organizations, etc.  I guess back before the days of video cameras and cell phones, this was your best option of creating a lasting memory of some special event.  I just wish they were a little more interesting to listen to, but to someone on the record, it's priceless.

2. Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring, by that other, less-well-known piano duo, Whittemore And Lowe, from the late-career LP The Personal Touch Of Whittemore And Lowe (Mega M51-5009, Stereo, 1972).  I've got another LP on this same label by Phil Harris.  I guess their specialty was grabbing popular artists that were past their prime and hoping for some magic.  Not a bad idea.  The date on the LP cover didn't match the date on the LP, so I went with the earlier one of 1972 instead of the later one of 1973.  Some days I wonder about quality control.

3. Toyland by Carmen Dragon Conducting The Capitol Symphony Orchestra from the album Nightfall (Capitol P 8575, Mono, 1961).  Anything by the father of The Captain is going to be good!

4. Christmas Morn Hymn 23 by Kenny Baker from Mary Baker Eddy Hymns (Published By The Trustees Under The Will Of Mary Baker Eddy 10" 33 RPM TV 15580/15581 (Manufactured By Columbia Records Inc), Mono).  I've shared out some other Christmas music by Kenny baker before, including an entire LP, so I was excited when I came across this.  I also recently found an entire double LP of Christmas music written by Mary Baker Eddy.  Not sure if I can work my way through that much of her music, but maybe.  Check back around Christmas time.

5. The Bell's Of St. Mary's by Gordon MacRae-Arranged And Conducted By Van Alexander from Songs For An Evening At Home (Capitol ST-1251, Stereo, 1959).  An oldie but a goodie.  This album featured some songs that Gordon sang with members of his family, and even an instrumental by Van Alexander.  This particular song is pretty much straight Gordon though.

And there you have it, five more tracks for the third day.  Enjoy!


Sunday, July 02, 2017

Christmas In July 2017-Day 2

Another day, another 20 songs recorded and ready to share for Christmas in July!  If I can keep this rate up for a while, I should be OK through the end of the month.  But you know what happens to the best laid plans...  Anyhow, I've got five good ones for you tonight, so let's jump in.

1. Ethel Smith-Wedding Of The Painted Doll from Ethel Smith's Toy Parade (Decca 10" 33 RPM DL 5283, Mono, 1951).  I think I've shared this before, but not from an LP this old.  She was a very gifted organist, that's for sure.

2. Carmen Cavallaro-I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm from 12 Easy Lessons In Love (Decca DL 8747, Mono, 1958).  I think this one's new around here, but I could be wrong.  I want to make a joke about where in the world is Carmen Cavallaro, but it's late and I'm tired.  Maybe tomorrow.

3. Sleigh Ride by Richard Ellsasser from Leroy Anderson Favorites (MGM E3174, Mono, 1955).  Now this one I know I've shared before, along with two entire LPs from him of Christmas and winter music.

4. Go Tell It On The Mountain by Adele Addison And The Jubilee Singers from Little David Play On Your Harp And The Great Spirituals (Kapp K-1109-S, Stereo, 1959).  I pretty much have to check every LP I see that mentions spirituals to see if this is on there.  It turns up more often than not and always makes a fine addition to Christmas In July.

5. The Little Toy Shop by The Kermit Leslie Orchestra from "Middlebrow" Music For The Hi-Fi Fan With The Kermit Leslie Orchestra (Epic 10" 33 RPM LG 1019, Mono, 1954).  While looking this one up, I saw it mentioned as a lost space-age classic.  While I didn't think it was the best thing ever, it was good enough that I need to go back and listen to the rest of the tracks.  Not really a Christmas song, I think it's one of those things you could slide into a playlist and no one would be the wiser.

There you go, another five tracks for you.  The typos are coming fast and furious tonight, so I hope what I wrote makes sense.  I need to redo the share, too, since I found a few typos in the track names while I was typing them in here.  Long day.


Saturday, July 01, 2017

Christmas In July 2017-Day 1

Well, I told myself I wasn't going to do this, but here goes.  I spent a big chunk of the day recording some Christmas music from non-Christmas LPs, so I'm going to share some of them with you during the month of July.  I may not do every day, and I may not do too many on the days that I do share, but at least I'll do something to cut down on the size of this giant pile of records I've been accumulating.  And it's a lot of fun, so there is that.  As has become usual, lots of reruns from past years, though they are all new rips from newly found LPs.  I usually don't realize until I'm listening to it that it sounds kind of familiar, and then I research it a little and discover I shared it out 8 years ago.  Hopefully it sounds a little better this time around, but not always.  So where to start?  How about Snow, Snow by Monty Kelly And His Orchestra And Chorus, something I shared out before from a 45 EP, but this time it's from a 10" called Sensations In Sound And Moods "I Love" (Essex 10" 33 RPM ESLP-106, Mono, 1954), which appeared to be a short series.  Not sure if I've ever seen the others, but I'll keep my eyes open. Next up is a new-to-me track called Snow-Capped Mountain, the first of two tracks I pulled from the self-titled LP by Trio Schmeed (ABC-Paramount ABC-103, Mono, 1955), with orchestra duties handled by Don Costa.  Very interesting stuff on this LP, I wound up ripping about half the tracks, although only a couple of them will show up here.  Track three is the original mono recording of Brazilian Sleigh Bells by Percy Faith And His Orchestra, not from the original 78 but from the LP Fascinating Rhythms Of Percy Faith And His Orchestra (Columbia 10" 33 RPM CL 6203, Mono, 1952).  Again, there appear to have been a whole series of LPs featuring the word Rhythm from Mr. Faith around this same time.  Some interesting stuff on there.  Fourth, we have We Need A Little Christmas, From "Mame", the track that started this madness off today.  I discovered this record at a Goodwill and decided to run home to record this track.  And one thing led to another and here I am trying to do Christmas in July with almost no tracks prerecorded.  Anyhow, this is by The New Singing Sergeants, from the LP of the same name (The US Air Force AF-10276 "This Record Is Not For Sale", Stereo, 1976).  What makes them 'New' appears to be the addition of some women to the previously all-male group. And last but not least is a great rerun track called Ski Run by 101 Strings from the LP 101 Strings Plus Dynamic Percussion (Alshire S-5145, Stereo, 1972).  An oldie but a goodie.  We'll see how long I can keep this up.


And yes, I still owe you some Hi-Fi Living albums...  Someday...

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Volume Seven-Ten Years On

I know, I know, you'd given up on seeing any more of these installments of For Hi-Fi Living.  But here I am again, with volume 7 on this Memorial Day weekend.  Time flies when you're having fun, and I've had plenty of things to do that were far away from this computer.  Mostly, I've been trying to get as many steps as I can on this Fitbit in hopes that it will break and then I won't have to worry about it again.  But my knee gave out before the Fitbit, so I've been dealing with that, too.  But enough about me, you're here for the music.  And this week we've got more of the same, really easy stuff from 1957, part seven of twelve.  Someday I'll get to all of them, I promise.  Here is Jack Say And His Orchestra-These Foolish Things (RCA Custom RAL-1007, Mono, 1957).

1. Love (Your Spell Is Everywhere)
2. Yearning (Just For You)
3. Oh, How I Miss You Tonight
4. Music, Maestro, Please!
5. When You Wish Upon A Star
6. San Antonio Rose
7. These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)
8. Wabash Moon
9. When They Ask About You
10. Lullaby Of The Leaves
11. I'd Climb The Highest Mountain (If I Knew I'd Find You)
12. With A Smile And A Song


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Volume Six-Ten Years On

Hello, and welcome back.  Sorry I missed a few weeks.  Life got a little too busy to worry about fifty year old music for a bit.  Hope you're all doing well.  I think this week's music will be worth the wait.  I think this is far and away my favorite installment so far in the For Hi-Fi Living series.  The series dispenses altogether with the interludes this week, but we head south of the equator for some Latin flavor in a nice series of songs.  No idea if Don Amoré is a real person, but I kinda doubt it.  No idea who the real artist could be, so if you have any info, please don't be stingy about sharing.  Without too much further ado, here is Don Amoré And His Orchestra-Latin Holiday (RCA Custom RAL-1006, 1957, Mono).

1. Amor
2. Cuanto Le Gusta (La Parranda)
3. Lisbon Antigua (In Old Lisbon)
4. Brazil (Aquarela do Brazil)
5. Frenesi (Cancion Tropical)
6. Tico-Tico (Tico-Tico No Fuba)
7. Perfidia
8. El Cumbanchero
9. Sweet And Gentle (Me Lo Dijo Adela)
10. Besame Mucho (Kiss Me Much)
11. Adios
12. Green Eyes (Aquellos Ojos Verdes)


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Volume Five-Ten Years On

Another Sunday, another installment of the For Hi-Fi Living series.  And, oddly enough, another set by Hill Bowen, making his third installment in the set.  I guess somebody at RCA really liked him, or he worked really cheap.  This one I think is a little better than the last, or at least the songs are more familiar.  Good selection of songs from Broadway, as well as quite a few I've never heard of from shows that can't have been around for very long.  But I'm not a huge fan of Broadway, so so what do I know. And for those of you keeping track at home, this one features piano interludes. Hope you all are enjoying the series.  I'm getting a few requests from people to repost the series, but I look and see that they're looking at the first postings from ten years ago without searching the blog, or even hitting the front page. Remember, if you're interested in something, it's always worth a second of your time to actually look for it, at least that's always been my philosophy.  Anyhow, here is Hill Bowen And His Orchestra-Love On Broadway (RCA Custom RAL-1005, Mono, 1957).

1. They Didn't Believe Me
2. My Ship
3. Wunderbar
4. Make Believe
5. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
6. June Is Bustin' Out All Over
7. Love Walked In
8. Some Enchanted Evening
9. The Night Was Made For Love
10. Orchids In The Moonlight
11. September Song
12. Falling In Love With Love


Sunday, February 05, 2017

Volume Four-Ten Years On

I was beginning to wonder if I was going to be able to get this special Super Bowl Sunday edition of For Hi-Fi Living up today, but here it is finally.  This is the second contribution from Hill Bowen, and the sound on this one is nice and clean.  Boring as can be, but it sounds nice.  The foxing is still really bad on the rear cover, and the whole thing was printed at a bit of an angle, but I managed to get most of that straightened out for you.  Interludes are back to being played on the piano again this time, and as near as I can tell, there's no theme to the music.  Most of these tunes I've never heard of, and even the writers were mostly unknown to me.  OK, Lorenz & Rodgers I know, but the others, not so much.  Anyhow, hope your team is winning and the other team is losing!  Here is Hill Bowen And His Orchestra-I Married An Angel (RCA Custom RAL-1004, Mono, 1957).

1. I Married An Angel
2. Lovely Lady
3. Taking A Chance On Love
4. Song Of Love
5. I'll Never Be The Same
6. Doll Dance
7. I Love You
8. More Than You Know
9. That Old Feeling
10. Once In A While
11. Blue Moon
12. Down Among The Sheltering Palms