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I can’t even begin to tell you how much
enjoyment I got putting this album together. We
have to give thanks to the many composers who
have left the world a rich and varied legacy of
special Christmas songs.
What would the Christmas season be without James
Pierpont’s beloved ‘Jingle Bells’, which has
been around since the 1850's. Although Pierpont
composed nothing else of note, his spirit must
certainly rest easy in the knowledge that he
gave the world one of the most beloved songs of
In 1939, Robert May, an employee of Montgomery
Ward and Company, an American mail order house,
wrote an amusing story about a reindeer with a
bright red nose that shone like a beacon. ‘Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ was published
as a pamphlet by Montgomery Ward and given away
to it’s customers as part of it’s Christmas
promotion. Ten years later, Johnny Marks, who
had been writing songs for twenty years with
moderate success, turned this story into this
For those of you who have been after me to
record some ‘Country’ music, I would like to
offer this one to start with. ‘An Old Christmas
Card’ - this touching ballad was recorded by Jim
Reeves in 1962 -
. . and my first recording of a country song . .
‘ hope you like it!
Brenda Lee was only 13 in 1958 when she recorded ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’. So it
seemed appropriate that I arrange this song with
a traditional 50's/60's Rock and Roll flavour.
This was the era when a band wasn’t worth it’s
salt unless it included a Hammond organ, so me
and my B-3 Hammond had as much work as we could
handle during the sixties.
‘Bambino’, was written and recorded by The
Springfields in 1961. It was their first
recording and was a chart topper for many
‘The Holly and The Ivy’ is a traditional English
carol that is as big a part of my Christmas
nostalgia as the holly and ivy, and mistletoe,
with which we decorated our homes.
‘The Coventry Carol’. This lovely piece is
another traditional English carol from the
I’m one of those strange creatures who thrives
during the winter. When the snow falls - and we
get plenty of it in Nova Scotia - it is truly my
‘O Tannenbaum’ (O Christmas Tree). There is a
legend that Martin Luther, the German priest,
introduced the custom of the Christmas tree in
the 16th century. Whatever the true story, the
habit of decorating a tree at Christmas arose in
Germany and spread throughout Europe.
As a finale’ track to this collection I decided
to liven things up a bit and provide you with a
polka selection that you may want to use for
your Christmas parties. This track is almost six
minutes long, so you might also want to use it
for an exercise routine after Christmas - to
help you work off the Christmas pud that you’re
going to eat too much of. :)