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Complete Columbia Christmas Recordings
     

The Complete Columbia Christmas Recordings

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by Gene Autry
 
Gene Autry recorded an awful lot of Christmas songs, and at least three of them have become beloved and enduring holiday standards. Autry never shied away from novelty pieces, and with his charming, unaffected vocal style and a strong sense of what might be termed "cowboy pop swing", he had both the image and the marketing savvy (he was the first to use record sleeves

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Gene Autry recorded an awful lot of Christmas songs, and at least three of them have become beloved and enduring holiday standards. Autry never shied away from novelty pieces, and with his charming, unaffected vocal style and a strong sense of what might be termed "cowboy pop swing", he had both the image and the marketing savvy (he was the first to use record sleeves with pictures on them) to make these marginal and seasonal songs appear essential. And essential they remain, at least at Christmas time. Autry's self-penned "Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)" was released in 1947 and became a giant hit, and the joyful lilt in its vocal makes it still play well on radio today. Autry's next holiday hit was even bigger. Inspired by a character in a poem written by ad copywriter Robert L. May, Johnny Marks' "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" became Autry's biggest single ever when it was released in 1949, and following Irving Berlin's "White Christmas," is the best selling Christmas song in history. Autry completed this remarkable holiday trilogy with "Frosty the Snow Man," written by Jack Rollins and Steve Nelson, in 1950. This collection is the best available of Autry's unique Christmas song catalog, with 27 tracks (his complete Columbia output) presented in wonderful sound. Autry's singing career lasted from the 1930s through the mid-'50s, but the trio of Christmas classics listed above means that his voice is still heard regularly on the commercial airways in the 21st century. That alone is an achievement.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/21/2004
Label:
Varese Sarabande
UPC:
0030206659320
catalogNumber:
066593
Rank:
6868

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gene Autry   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Tommy Johnson   Composer
Gene Autry   Composer
Lefty Frizzell   Composer
Merle Travis   Composer
Steve Mann   Composer
Stuart Hamblen   Composer
Clement C. Moore   Composer
Billy Batson   Composer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Johnny Marks   Composer
J. Neiburg   Composer
Holly George-Warren   Liner Notes
Jim Levine   Image Processing
Carl Cotner   Director
Bill Pitzonka   Art Direction
C. Williams   Composer
Jackie Autry   Executive Producer
Gerald Marks   Composer
Jack Rollins   Composer
Fred Stryker   Composer
Michael Carr   Composer
James Cavanaugh   Composer
Ned Fairchild   Composer
Frank Weldon   Composer
Bob Miller   Composer
Bob Adams   Composer
Oakley Haldeman   Composer
Leon Harris   Composer
Lew Porter   Composer
Teepee Mitchell   Composer
Geoffrey Venis   Composer
Freddie Poser   Composer
Steve Nelson   Composer
Milton Pascal   Composer
John Redmond   Composer

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