Merry from Lena

Merry from Lena

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by Lena Horne
     
 

It took Lena Horne until her late forties to get around to recording a Christmas album, and when she did, in 1966, it was typical of her style at the time. More than anything else, she was a nightclub singer, and, for better or worse, Merry from Lena had the sound of a collection that had been put together as a holiday nightclub act. That started with a new RaySee more details below

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It took Lena Horne until her late forties to get around to recording a Christmas album, and when she did, in 1966, it was typical of her style at the time. More than anything else, she was a nightclub singer, and, for better or worse, Merry from Lena had the sound of a collection that had been put together as a holiday nightclub act. That started with a new Ray Ellis arrangement of "Jingle Bells" with some new lyrics by longtime Tin Pan Alley wordsmith Al Stillman and now called "Jingle All the Way." In addition to allowing Ellis and Stillman to claim songwriting royalties on a traditional song, the track heralded the style of the album, which was snappy and a bit adult-oriented. This was also true, for example, of Horne's treatment of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," which she began by speculating about the possibility that Rudolph's nose was red because he was an alcoholic. "I think he had a problem," Horne declared. "I think he probably liked a little nip once in a while." That might be the sort of comment that would go over well in a club with a drink minimum, but it's not what you'd expect to hear on most Christmas albums. Thankfully, Horne played it straight on ballads like "White Christmas" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," and her talent as a singer was never in doubt. But Merry from Lena was still the kind of Christmas album grown-ups might want to put on only after the kids had gone to bed.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/09/2007
Label:
Drg
UPC:
0021471750324
catalogNumber:
77503
Rank:
139520

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lena Horne   Primary Artist,Vocals
Jack Parnell   Conductor

Technical Credits

Mel Tormé   Composer
Harry Simeone   Composer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Katherine Davis   Composer
Ray Ellis   Producer
Hugh Fordin   Reissue Producer
Will Friedwald   Liner Notes
Ron Furmanek   Producer,Reissue Producer
Hugh Martin   Composer
Bob Norberg   Mastering
Henry Onorati   Composer
Alan Silverman   Mastering
Robert Wells   Composer
Mike Ragogna   Reissue Director
Ralph Blane   Composer
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Alice Butts   Reissue Package Design
Steve Hoffman   Mastering
Henry Onerati   Composer

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