Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Christmas on 45 part 4

24) Lila Lou-We're Gettin' Pa a Brand New Still For Christmas

John Denver and Lowell Lundstrom don't want their daddies drunk for Christmas but not so much for Lila Lou...get paw liquored up for the holidays! YEEEEEEEEEEEE-HAWWWWWWWWW!!! This little treasure was put out on MBS records and is credited to Lila Lou and her Country Folks. I am unsure on the year.

25) Sonny James-Barefoot Santa Claus

A friend to this site, musicalfruitcake.com, featured this song on their site sometime last year. Truthfully, I have to take exception to the classification of this being the worst of Christmas music. As soon as I dropped this on my record player, I was rather amused by the track. Certainly, it's not going to make any of us scratch our heads and wonder why this isn't the modern day "Frosty the Snowman," but it's a decent song nonetheless.

My classifications for the worst of Christmas music may differ slightly from our friends at musicalfruitcake. Maybe one day I will post the worst I have...but I am thinking of much more modern examples, such as Jewel, Mary Kate and Ashley, Hillary Duff....

26) Sonny James-My Christmas Dream

So even if you were already familiar with Barefoot Santa Claus from musicalfuitcake.com, here is the flip side. A pretty decent song by itself, too. This single was put out by Capitol Records in 1966.

27) Floyd Dakil-Merry Christmas Baby

This was released on Pompeii Records in 1968, but unlike the city, I don't consider this song a complete disaster. In fact, it kind of has a Roy Orbison kind of feel to it, though his vocals can't compare to Roy's. But it would have been great to hear Roy perform this song.

28) Jim Eanes-It Won't Seem Like Christmas

You may recall when I shared side A of this single when we were discussing songs where grown men were asking Santa for dolls for Christmas for unmentionable uses... This was on Starday Records and Jim is credited as performing this song with the Shenandoah Valley Boys.

29) Russ Morgan-Mistletoe Kiss

30) Russ Morgan-Blue Christmas

From 1950 on Decca Records.

Thank you for reading and listening

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Christmas on 45 Part 3

I apologize once again for the lateness of this post. If it's any consolation, the delays are all related to Christmas music! I've been working on the Wayside Waifs charity compilation, and also in getting my radio show demo ready and creating podcasts for the upcoming holiday season...so lots of stuff has kept me busy in preparation for the coming Holiday season!

But I do not want to neglect the current themed posts any further...

14) Saturday's Children-Deck Five

Ok, here we get into some of the b-sides of singles I shared previously, plus some new stuff. We start off today's post with the second track on the fourth side of the 45 EP by Saturday's Children. You may recall that I shared their other song in part one of this compilation.

15) The Spirit of Christmas-Will You Still Believe In Me

A lot of attention goes to side A of this single. When you do find the single posted on other Christmas/music blogs, it's usually just side A. And side A is a fine song, but I really like this side. If I was to compile a list of top ten favorite Christmas songs (if I EVER get that ambitious!) this would be in that list, for sure.

16) DiMara Sisters-My First Christmas

I shared side A of this single WAYYYYYYYYYYYYY back when I first started this blog, so long ago that the link to that song expired! I said I would share side B later. Well...now is later!

This is a single I found in a random search on Alibris, and I had no idea what the songs sounded like, I just knew the titles were nothing I was familiar with, so money was soon parted from this fool, and I ended up with two great Christmas songs that I enjoy greatly to this day.

17) DiMara Sisters-Santa's Italian Wife

That side A I teased you about that is now an expired link on an old post? Here it is again for you to enjoy.

I don't know about the rest of you, but my mind swirls around with ideas that abound for an animated special with the same title. Rankin-Bass missed the boat in not adapting this to a TV special...it would have been awesomely fun. If anybody has the capability to make such a special, I have some writing experience.... Just putting it out there! But this is a great story song, and a fun, original Christmas song at that. A true audio treat.

18) Bob Morrison-Santa Mouse

Yet another single I chose to share the B-side with you first in part one of this post. I held off on this side because I thought it would compliment the sheer fun of "Santa's Italian Wife" well, and I think it does go well with that song. It could have been another Christmas special as well...

19) Jewel Blanch-Christmas Kangaroo

I am not exactly sure which came first...kids looking for hippopotamuses for Christmas or kids looking for kangaroos for Christmas. This has an "I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas" feel to it to me, and it does delve into that novelty territory I am cautious of stepping into. But, hey, if it's obscure enough, I am willing to share it here. Jewel Blanch went on to have a nice career in TV and movies.

20) Jewel Blanch-By the Window

This is actually the A-side of the single, though in my mind this is the B-side because I prefer to think of the Christmas side as the A side. (The 45 doesn't actually say which side is what on the label, but "By the Window" is used for the front cover.) For some reason, they thought this was a better song to sell than the Christmas track. Of course, you all know which side I am partial to, but I thought this was a nice little tune to share here, even if it's not a Christmas song. I just thought there would be those of you out there who would want to know what the flip side of this single was, so here it is.

21) Christmas Squirrels-Country Christmas Party

Time to get these novelty songs out of the way since we are going there. I shared the B-side of this earlier. It's fairly clear to me that they were trying to be the next Alvin and the Chipmunks. I always like how we humans think that if small animals could talk, they would sound like sped up adult human voices. Sure they would, sure they would.

22) Miss L.L.-No Cheese (On the Xmas Tree)

23) Miss L.L.-Wedding Ring for Christmas

Here is a single I picked up from the record show for a buck in Minneapolis. Not sure if it made the $80.00 in gas to get up there and back worth it, but hey...it was only a dollar for the single! And ends up this run of novelty songs with small animals quite well.

Until next time, thank you for reading and listening!

Monday, September 8, 2008

OK, I realize I am late...

I realize I am late in posting part 3 of my Christmas on 45's post, but I will be back VERY soon to do that.

In the mean time, I wanted to share this wonderful find: a LIVE performance of Momus performing "Christmas on Earth." (Perhaps my MOST FAVORITE Christmas song I've encountered in quite some time.) The live recording is a little shaky with the live elements over the prerecorded sound bytes, but it's exciting to see.