40's or 40's inspired christmas music?

Discussion in 'Radio' started by Brad Bowers, Nov 27, 2004.

  1. Naama

    Naama Practically Family

    I just found this cd recently: Last Christmas - Best Of Swinging Christmas And this is the tracklist:
    Disc 1
    1.Dean Martin - Winter Wonderland
    2.Nat King Cole - Deck The Hall
    3.Bing Crosby - Christmas Dinner Country Style
    4.Al Caiola & Riz Ortolani - Holiday On Skis
    5.Ray Anthony - Christmas Kisses
    6.Peggy Lee - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
    7.Dean Martin - Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
    8.Bing Crosby - Frosty The Snowman
    9.The Beach Boys - Little Saint Nick
    10.Kay Starr - (Everybody's Waitin' For) The Man With The Bag
    11.Les Baxter - Santa Claus Party
    12.Jo Stafford - Jingle Bells
    13.Peggy Lee - Happy Holiday
    14.Bing Crosby - Great Day
    15.Lena Horne - Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
    16.Dean Martin - Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
    17.Nancy Wilson - What Are You Doing New Year's Eve
    18.Al Martino - We Wish You A Merry Christmas
    19.Fred Waring & The Pennsylvanians - Ring Those Christmas Bells
    20.Ella Fitzgerald - Angels We Have Heard On High
    21.Nat King Cole - The Christmas Song

    Disc 2
    1.Max Raabe & Palast Orchester - Last Christmas (Englisch Version)
    2.Ella Fitzgerald - Joy To The World
    3.Ron Goodwin - Sleigh Ride
    4.Nat King Cole - The Happiest Christmas Tree
    5.Bing Crosby - Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
    6.Billy May - Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer Mambo
    7.Jerry Vale - Santa Mouse
    8.George Shearing & Billy May - Snowfall/ Snowfall Cha-Cha
    9.Tony Bennett - I Love The Winter Weather/ I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
    10.Dean Martin - I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
    11.Wane Newton - Jingle Bell Rock
    12.The Ventures - Frosty The Snowman
    13.The Beach Boys - Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
    14.Dean Martin - Baby, It's Cold Outside
    15.Lou Rawls - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
    16.Bobby Goldsboro - Look Around (It's Christmas Time)
    17.The Lettermen - What Can I Give You This Christmas
    18.Peggy Lee - The Christmas Waltz
    19.Julie London - Warm December
    20.Ella Fitzgerald - Silent Night
    21.Shirley Bassey - Ave Maria

    Max Raabe & Palast Orchester - Last Christmas- this is so great! It's a 20's version of Wham's Last Christmas! So great! But I think this CD is only available in Germany, Austria, Switzerland...... But it's great!

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  4. Haversack

    Haversack One Too Many

    Clipperton Island
    Although Gene Autry and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer have been mentioned seperately, no one has mentioned that it was Autry who made the song a big hit.

    Another 1940s novelty Christmas hit was _All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth_ by Spike Jones and his City Slickers.

  5. Michaelson

    Michaelson One Too Many

    I had a good laugh when I saw this one pop up again in my email alert! Well, here's my 2006 entry (looks like I've hit this one every year so far.;) )

    Interestingly enough, Wal-Mart has a REALLY good selection of Christmas CD's in their Christmas decoration area this year. I was looking through them this weekend, and was quite surprised at the number and QUALITY of selection of good old Christmas recordings there are now available for less than 4 bucks! :)

    As Wildroot mentioned last year (or was it year before. (grins)), Bing and the Andrew sisters made quite a few recordings together. Check Wal-Mart out, and I think you'll be as surprised as I was.

    Regards! Michaelson
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    Ok, THIS is what I really wanna hear!
  7. max the cat

    max the cat Familiar Face

    30's 40's christmas

    off the cuff here are my 2 favorite period Christmas recordings-
    WinterWonderland--I think Weems c. 1934 and Teagarden singing (and playing) Chestnuts Roasting. late 40s ...--
    I guess neither are technically Christmas tunes but winter oriented -but it doesnt matter.
    Any Christmas Crosby pre 1950 with the Decca house band (John Scott trotter in LA - I think Vic Schoen in NYC) great too. Bessie smith singing At the Christmas Ball certainly deserves a mention.

  8. With Tower Records going out of business I am at a loss, they had some exceptional Christmas Selections in its own gondola display.

    Andy Williams is good, especially if you were around to see the Christmas Specials he did. They usually play an hour on Andy on PBS near Christmas time which is worth watching.

    Frank Sinatra's Xmas album too.

    Bing for White Christmas.

    I'll try to grab my stack tomorrow and list some solid info.
  9. DancingSweetie

    DancingSweetie A-List Customer

    My sweetie pie johnnydnh made me a nice Christmas mp3 with all 40's and 50's Christmas music. I love it.
  10. Zemke Fan

    Zemke Fan Call Me a Cab

    On Hiatus. Really. Or Not.
    Starbucks has a great one out...

    Santa Baby... I'm ordering multiple copies (another source) for small Christmas gifts. It's fab!
  11. Solid Citizen

    Solid Citizen Practically Family

    Greatest Xmas Instrumental CD

    MERRY CHRISTMAS JACKIE GLEASON released in 1956 on the Capitol Records label this studio orchestra using many of the same period sidemen from the Sinatra sessions plus a chorus create one of the great Xmas mood records of all time. :eusa_clap

    The chorus does only oh's & ah's with no vocals at all on the entire record, but the created mood is fantastic. This CD is sometimes hard to find & pricey since I believe it is now on a label called Razor & Tie


    SC :D
  12. Snookie

    Snookie Practically Family

    Los Angeles Area
  13. max the cat

    max the cat Familiar Face

    swinging big band

    I think this is the cd w/ Teagarden playing Chestnuts, thornhill snowfall etc.
  14. artdecodame

    artdecodame One of the Regulars

    Not completely 40's, but two of my favorites:



  15. CD: Billboard 1935-1954 Greatest Christmas Hits

    THis CD from RHino Records (R2 70637 orDPC1 0884) is a real gem for a bargain CD. Although it is only 10 songs these are great. If you see it, you should buy it!

    1) "White Christmas" (Live radio) Bing Crosby adds greeting to the troops in WWII. 1942 Heart warming!

    2) "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!" Vaughn Monroe 1945 This thee one, Vaughn's pipes take this to a deep rumble, it is the version at the end of Die Hard 1. It ain't Christmas without this one!

    3) "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" 1949 Gene Autry The singing cowboy hits a homerun with this one!

    4) "The Christmas Song" 1946 Nat King Cole Perhaps the best version of Mel Torme's greatest holiday song.

    5) "All I Want for Christmas is My 2 Front Teeth" 1948 Xmas from a widdle kids point of view. Spike Jones & His City Slickers

    6) "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" 1952 Set the wayback machine, sentimental as all get out.

    7) "Christmas Island" 1946 The ANdrew Sisters with GuyLombardo and his orchestra (Royal Canadians?) Just dreamy.

    8) "Silent Night" 1935 Bing Crosby Play this at night with only the Christmas tree lights on and (Hopefully) watching the snow fall outside, and tell me you didn't get a little choked up.

    9) "Here Comes Santa Claus (Down Santa Claus Lane) 1947 Gene Autry Home run number two for Gene.

    10) "Santa Baby" 1953 Miss Eartha Kitt Classic Kitt, a great fun poke at the Christmas wish list, pretty sultry. (This one gets stuck in my head a lot!)

    Christmas Greetings to the Gang!
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  17. AmateisGal

    AmateisGal I'll Lock Up

    Oh my goodness! That album looks fantastic! Will have to order it myself. :)
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    AmateisGal I'll Lock Up

  19. dhermann1

    dhermann1 I'll Lock Up

    Da Bronx, NY, USA
    Here's another nice one, Christmas with Rosemary Clooney (I go completely totally gooshy over Rosemary Clooney):
    What I like to do is put five different Christmas albums on my turntable CD player, and play them spiraling, one song from each album. I can get about 5 hours straight Christmas music that way. Hey, gang, it's coming!
    Edit: This isn't exactly 40's but still nostalgic:
    Frank and his whole family.

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