Show 54: Merry Christmas

Our second holiday program opens with a mid-20th century classic:

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
Fred Waring Orchestra

'Twas the Night Before Christmas

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Christmas is a Coming
Lead Belly

There have been many retellings of the Christmas story, but the 12-minute version Gene Autry recorded for CBS Records in 1961 remains my favorite. It is a no-nonsense version of the story of the Nativity, perfect for all youngsters regardless of religious orientation.

A Child at Christmas
Gene Autry

Gene Autry

Gene Autry

“Pussycat’s Christmas” is based on a story by Margaret Wise Brown, author of “Goodnight Moon,” “Runaway Bunny,” and many other classic stories for children. The recording is narrated by Albert Grobe, music director for many years on New York’s classical music station WQXR. This is the only commercial record he ever made.

Pussycat’s Christmas
Albert Grobe

There may be Christmas records older than “Santa Claus Visits Children,” released by Victor in the early 1920s, but I haven’t heard them. Gilbert Girard stars as a Santa who recites nursery rhymes and does animal impression.

Santa Claus Visits the Children
Gilbert Girard

The Three Stooges

The Three Stooges

Wreck the Halls
The Three Stooges

Ireene Wicker was the Story Lady on WOR radio in New York City during the 1940s. She is totally unique in her approach to any tale. The “Tale of Christmas Stocking” is the perfect vehicle for Ireene to showcase her many voices — yes, every voice you hear on this recording belongs Ms. Wicker.

This is Christmas, Ireene Wicker

This is Christmas, Ireene Wicker

Tale of a Christmas Stocking
Ireene Wicker

We Wish You a Merry Christmas, by the Weavers

We Wish You a Merry Christmas, by the Weavers

We Wish You a Merry Christmas
The Weavers

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