Swinging Songs for Santa

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
The 36 performances on the double-CD Swinging Songs for Santa are taken from radio broadcasts, all of which took place around Christmas time. Unfortunately no dates or personnel are given so the dates given in this review are approximate. The music ranges from swing to dance music, reverent versions of Christmas songs to novelties. Among the highlights are a couple duets by Bing Crosby and Ella Fitzgerald "Silver Bells" and "White Christmas", Al Jolson's version of "White Christmas," an amusing "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" by Bing, Rosemary Clooney, and Johnny Mercer, Tex Beneke singing a happy "Jingle Bells," and Les Brown's band on "Swingin' the Nutcracker Suite." This...
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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
The 36 performances on the double-CD Swinging Songs for Santa are taken from radio broadcasts, all of which took place around Christmas time. Unfortunately no dates or personnel are given so the dates given in this review are approximate. The music ranges from swing to dance music, reverent versions of Christmas songs to novelties. Among the highlights are a couple duets by Bing Crosby and Ella Fitzgerald "Silver Bells" and "White Christmas", Al Jolson's version of "White Christmas," an amusing "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" by Bing, Rosemary Clooney, and Johnny Mercer, Tex Beneke singing a happy "Jingle Bells," and Les Brown's band on "Swingin' the Nutcracker Suite." This nostalgic set is not essential, but it certainly has the Christmas spirit.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/11/2003
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • UPC: 617742041224
  • Catalog Number: 412

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Adeste Fideles - The Rhythmaires (2:48)
  2. 2 Jingle Bells - Glenn Miller (3:34)
  3. 3 It's Christmas Time Again - Margaret Whiting (2:32)
  4. 4 Christmas Medley #1: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/Away in a ... @@Blackton, Jay Chorus (3:49)
  5. 5 Send Me Your Love for Christmas - Dorothy Collins (2:35)
  6. 6 Silver Bells - Ella Fitzgerald (2:25)
  7. 7 March of the Toys - Tommy Dorsey (2:45)
  8. 8 The Christmas Song - Peggy Lee (2:30)
  9. 9 T'Was the Night Before Christmas @@Kingsmen (7:19)
  10. 10 Santa Claus Is Coming to Town - The Fontane Sisters (2:10)
  11. 11 Christmas Medley #2: We Three Kings/The First Noel/Angels on High @@Blackton, Jay Orchestra (3:57)
  12. 12 Toy Trumpet - John Scott Trotter (3:13)
  13. 13 White Christmas - Chorus (3:06)
  14. 14 Music of Tradition: The Sleigh (Russian)/The Twelve Days of ... - Pennsylvanians (4:24)
  15. 15 Blue Christmas @@Garber, Jan Orchestra (3:32)
  16. 16 Sleighride @@Garger, Jan Orchestra (2:57)
  17. 17 Frosty the Snowman @@Garger, Jan Orchestra (2:54)
  18. 18 Jingle Bells - Skitch Henderson (4:40)
Disc 2
  1. 1 We Wish You a Merry Christmas - Bing Crosby (2:10)
  2. 2 Here Comes Santa Claus - Rosemary Clooney (1:04)
  3. 3 Littlest Angel - Chorus (4:35)
  4. 4 Frosty the Snowman - Chorus (2:02)
  5. 5 The Little Drummer Boy - Chorus (3:33)
  6. 6 Christmas Medley #3: Silent Night/I'll Be Home for ... @@Miller, Major Glenn AAF Band (7:29)
  7. 7 Silver Bells - Bob Hope (2:27)
  8. 8 Swingin' the Nutcracker Suite - Les Brown & His Band of Renown (6:53)
  9. 9 December - Kay Starr (3:20)
  10. 10 When Winter Comes - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (2:46)
  11. 11 Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! - Dick Haymes (1:58)
  12. 12 High on a House Top - Larry Hooper (2:20)
  13. 13 The Skater's Waltz (In Swingtime) - Bob Crosby (3:00)
  14. 14 Look Out the Window @@Mello-Men (2:17)
  15. 15 White Christmas - Ella Fitzgerald (3:19)
  16. 16 Winter Wonderland - Satisfiers (2:41)
  17. 17 Christmas Medley #4: O Tannebaum/Jingle Bells/O Come All Ye Faithful - The Orchestra (8:43)
  18. 18 What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? - Harry Babbitt (4:30)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Victor Herbert Composer
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky Composer
Emile Waldteufel Composer
Gene Autry Composer
Leroy Anderson Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Mel Tormé Composer
Clement C. Moore Composer
Harry Simeone Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Felix Bernard Composer
Sonny Burke Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
J. Fred Coots Composer
Katherine Davis Composer
Ray Evans Composer
Haven Gillespie Composer
Jay Livingston Composer
Henry Onorati Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Jule Styne Composer
Robert Wells Composer
Dick Smith Composer
Jack Elliott Composer
Al Rinker Composer
Frederick Oakeley Composer
John Francis Wade Composer
Sidney Mitchell Composer
Lew Pollack Composer
Glen MacDonough Composer
Jack Rollins Composer
Arthur Terker Composer
Jay Johnson Composer
Traditional Composer
Oakley Haldeman Composer
Floyd Huddleston Composer
Steve Nelson Composer
James Pierpont Composer
Bill Hayes Composer
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