Christmas Comedy Collection 1938-12-22 - Baby Snooks - A Visit to Santa 1944-12-20 - Eddie Cantor Show - Christmas Show 1944-12-23 - My Little Margie - Timmys Christmas My Friend Irma 471222 Christmas Party
Broadway is My Beat 1951-12-22 - Broadway Is My Beat - Jeweled Scimitar 1949-12-24 - Broadway Is My Beat - Nick Norman, Santa Claus
Calling All Cars/Detectives 1933-12-20 - Calling All Cars - Human Bomb 1934-12-25 - Calling All Cars - Human Side of a Cop Calling All Detectives 481224 Too Many Santa's
The Shadow 1938-12-18 - Shadow - Guest of death 1939-12-24 - The Shadow - The Stockings Were Hung 1943-12-19 - The Shadow - The Club Of Doom 1946-12-22 - The Shadow - The Fine Art Of Murder
The Whistler 1944-12-25 - The Whistler - Christmas Bonus 1949-12-25 - Whistler - Letter from Cynthia
Detectives Collection 1 1948-12-26 - Philip Marlowe - The 'Auld' Acquaintance 1949-12-19 - Candy Matson YU2-8209 - Jack Frost 1949-12-24 - Richard Diamond, Private Det. - A Contemporary Christmas Carol 1949-12-24 - Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar - The Department Store Swindle Matter
Detectives Collection 2 1945-12-20 - Rogues Gallery - Fortune in Furs 1946-12-16 - Murder at Midnight - Murder Is a Lonely Business 1947-12-25 - Mystery Is My Hobby - Boston For Christmas Boston Blackie 451222 Rings for Santa
Detectives Collection 3 Casey, Crime Photographer 471225 Santa Claus of Bums Blvd Man Called X - 47-12-21 - From A Startlit Hill aka Thurston's Christmas Story Suspense 481223 Holiday Story
"...For the past two years around Christmas, I’ve shared this wonderful album performed by the children in the Inpatient Music Therapy Program at the University of Michigan’s Children’s Psychiatric Hospital. The response has always been fantastic. Tracks from the album have found their way onto the playlists on WFMU in New York, have been used as background music in between shows at the Music Box Theater in Chicago, Illinois, and, judging from the many emails I’ve received and from my server logs, has been enjoyed by hundreds of people all over the world.
I’ve loved this album from the first time I heard it, but I have gained a new respect for it after having the pleasure of tracking down and conversing with Charles Whiting and Ken Michalik, two of the music therapists responsible for the concert. Messrs. Whiting and Micharik graciously shared their memories of the program, the concert, and the children involved...."
"There are a couple of highlights on this album that I'd like to draw your attention to. "I'm Getting Nottin For Xmas", in what must be one of it's earliest recordings(?), the rollicking "Home For The Holidays", "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" and "Sleigh Ride". Why is it that "Sleigh Ride" is always the most interesting variation on every Christmas album?"
Jingle Bell Jazz - Baker's Dozen Jingle Jangle - The Penguins Silver Bells - Peter Wood Song of the Sleighbells - June Hutton Christmas is Coming At Last - The Dream Kings Winter Wonderland - John Davidson Jingle Bells - Glenn Miller and His Orchestra Ring Christmas Bells - Mike Sammes If I Were a Bell - Helen Merrill Bell of Love Carol of the Bells - Fleming & John Jingle Bells - SD,jr
"We shared this album last year during the holiday season, and we’ve gotten some requests for it this year so, in the spirit of giving, we present for your listening ‘pleasure’, ‘A Cabbage Patch Christmas’. Produced in 1984, by Steve and Tom Chapin (brothers of Harry Chapin) the album is a mix of traditional carols, original songs, and thinly veiled marketing designed to squeeze every last Christmas dollar out of parents everywhere"
"Another piece of Yule-dom for you to make your holiday cheer factor a little cheer-ier :)
This was released in the late 60s methinks, because of the Phase-4 label on it... it's a nice set of the usual Yule classic-type tunes, sung very well (except for one Soprano in a couple of places), with a decent orchestra and organ (and you can REALLY hear the pedal tones in places!)... perfect for those snowy Christmas Eves when you want to remember the reverence of Christmas."
Not only is Lee a generous gent sharing his amazing record collection with the world but he knows his stuff - his posts are mini pop culture history lessons that are just as much fun as the wonderful music he re-introduces to the world.
One of Lee's ongoing projects involves the earliest and rarest work of legendary songsmith Burt Bacharach and as a result something very cool recently occurred...
"I never imagined for a moment, magical or otherwise, that any of my
Early Burt file posts would be heard by that terrifically talented
songwriter himself. But that's exactly what has happened--so far, Burt
Bacharach has listened to five of my early-Burt files and has "loved"
Better yet, Mr. Bacharach will soon be hearing 48 of my files, all lovingly assembled on two CD-Rs called Early Burt, Volume One and Volume Two..."
Read more of this heartwarming tale here and remember every time a blogger gets recognized by a living legend an angel gets it's wings!
"Here is arguably the best album I've heard of Christmas music. Its by the Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra and comes on two records one conducted by Carmen Dragon (yes the Captain's father) and on by Alfred Newman (How the West Was Won). Its superb stuff which album is better? I'll let you decide."