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Any Major Christmas in Black and White

December 1st, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

After offering a “Christmas mix, not for Mother” last year, I feel obliged to make amends to your Mom by creating a mix she might like. Yes, it’s all gloriously retro this year. The youngest of the songs, as far as I can tell, is Jim Nabor’s version of Sleigh Ride from 1968; the oldest, Eddie Duchin’s (Don’t Wait Till) The Night Before Christmas, is 30 years older. Most of the songs here come from the 1940s and ’50s. A hurriedly put-together front and back CD cover is included, and as always the mix is timed to fit on a standard CD-R, which might sort out the Christmas prezzie for some relatives. If this mix is popular enough, I’ll do a second volume. Let me know what you think in the comments section (you do know that bloggers really like to receive comments, so don’t be shy).

Fans of The Originals series will appreciate the first version of I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus by Jimmy Boyd, then 13, which was released in 1952. Boyd died in Mach this year at the age of 70.

TRACKLISTING
1. Sammy Davis, Jr – Christmas Time All Over The World
2. Burl Ives – A Holly Jolly Christmas
3. Billy May – Do You Believe In Santa Claus
4. Dean Martin – Rudolph, The Red-nosed Reindeer
5. Lena Horne – Santa Claus Is Comin To Town
6. Nat ‘King’ Cole – Mrs. Santa Claus
7. Gene Autry – Here Comes Santa Claus
8. Andrews Sisters – Winter Wonderland
9. Connee Boswell – Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
10. Dinah Washington – Ole Santa
11. Fontane Sisters – Nuttin’ For Christmas
12. Frank Sinatra – Jingle Bells
13. Brenda Lee – Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
14. Ernest Tubb – Blue Christmas
15. Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys – Santa’s On His Way
16. Jogi Jorgensen – I Yust Go Nuts At Christmas
17. DeCastro Sisters – Snowbound For Christmas
18. Jim Nabors – Sleigh Ride
19. Perry Como – Silver Bells
20. Bing Crosby – Frosty The Snowman
21. Jimmy Boyd – I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
22. Louis Armstrong – Zat You, Santa Claus?
23. Lionel Hampton & his Orchestra – Boogie Woogie Santa Claus
24. Judy Garland – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
25. Ella Fitzgerald – The Secret Of Christmas
26. Eddy Duchin Orchestra – (Don’t Wait Till) The Night Before Christmas
27. Gordon Jenkins Orchestra – White Christmas
28. Les Brown Orchestra feat Doris Day – The Christmas Song
29. Red Foley – Put Christ Back Into Christmas
30. Rosemary Clooney – Happy Christmas, Little Friend

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  1. halfhearteddude
    December 1st, 2009 at 08:07 | #1

    PW = amdwhah

  2. Dane
    December 1st, 2009 at 08:08 | #2

    I can’t wait to dig into this! Thanks, Major!

  3. December 1st, 2009 at 09:11 | #3

    ah thanks… been looking for a compilation like this for a long time now. Christmas, here we come! :)

  4. December 1st, 2009 at 20:09 | #4

    Oh, ja, very nice mix, classics some versions I hadn’t heard yet.
    Top of the crop tho – Satchmo. Old Christmas favourite of mine, will never tire of listening to it. His voice makes me go all…. jingly.

  5. December 1st, 2009 at 21:30 | #5

    Hello,

    I really like what You are doing here.
    That`s why I set a Link to your work from the
    Sidebar of my Blog ( http://upuout.blogspot.com )
    How abaout a Backlink?
    It`s not that i delete the Link to You if You don’t set
    a Backlink to me but it would be Nice to get one from You.

    Greetings from Ivor Schandor aka UPUOUT from “Mein ultimativer Spaßblog”

  6. Eric
    December 2nd, 2009 at 06:17 | #6

    Great job. Everything after Billy May with Thurl Ravenscroft is a bonus. Thanks.

  7. dickvandyke
    December 2nd, 2009 at 22:21 | #7

    Looks outstanding Dude,
    However, when I try to play having downloaded, it tells me it is a .rar file and cannot be played.

    Anyone know how I may remedy this?

    Thanks

  8. December 3rd, 2009 at 07:03 | #8

    You’ll need a small and rather useful programme to decompress the file. If you use PC, then get WinRar — http://www.rarlab.com/download.htm — and if you use Mac, then try RAR Expander: http://mac.softpedia.com/get/Compression-Tools/RAR-Expander.shtml

    Hope it works.

  9. dickvandyke
    December 3rd, 2009 at 20:43 | #9

    Thank you, thank you.

    Made it work!

    I know an old soldier who will love this. It will make his Christmas.

    Every best wish

  10. December 3rd, 2009 at 23:30 | #10

    Glad it worked. And you can give the okld soldier a double CD: There’ll be a second part next week (with cover artwork). The mix had 227 downloads since I posted it on Tuesday, which is pretty good going. So I think a second volume might be appreciated by some.

  11. dickvandyke
    December 4th, 2009 at 21:43 | #11

    Certainly, in this little speck of the globe.

    Perhaps a couple more of the 227 could spare a few seconds to thank you (in any language) before stealing away into the night?

  12. mpr
    December 7th, 2009 at 02:58 | #12

    Pitch perfect mix. Just got our first real snowfall here in Boston and it was the perfect companion this afternoon.

  13. Stu
    December 13th, 2009 at 01:33 | #13

    The perfect old time christmas collection – Thanks.

  14. Anton
    December 17th, 2009 at 02:11 | #14

    merci

  15. isabel correia
    November 5th, 2015 at 14:23 | #15

    hi

    i really would love to download it but site says its no longer available, could you please repost it again? Thank you

    Isabel

  16. halfhearteddude
    November 6th, 2015 at 10:34 | #16

    It’s back up again, Isabel.

  17. Lulu
    December 21st, 2015 at 05:59 | #17

    @isabel correia

    this is worth listening! Amazing songs in one place! Thanks to our HalfFeart Dude! :)

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