[78-L] Christmas Music

simmonssomer simmonssomer at comcast.net
Sat Dec 27 08:32:20 PST 2008

Right..and I've never heard a sillier sounding record.

Al S.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "David Lennick" <dlennick at sympatico.ca>
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Sent: Saturday, December 27, 2008 11:12 AM
Subject: Re: [78-L] Christmas Music

> Debroy Somers recorded a two-sided Savoy Christmas Medley in 1929 (other 
> bands
> seem to have recorded it as well). Nothing particularly sacred sounding, 
> since
> these were in dance tempo.
> dl
> kil at roadrunner.com wrote:
>>> Records don't go back that far.
>>> In my experience, most Christmas records before (s) 1935 were sacred, 
>>> with a few novelties for the kiddies.? I think that the success of "Sana 
>>> Claus Is Coming to Town" (c. 1935) made the compamies see value in other 
>>> secular songs of the season.? The deluge begins, AFIC, in the '40s, and 
>>> doen't stp until recent years, with the demise of the 'single'.
>>> One man's opinion.? Corrections welcome!
>>> Don Chichester
>> Two Christmas songs that go back before 1935 are JOLLY OLD SAINT NICHOLAS 
>> and UP ON THE HOUSE TOP.  I've asked on this list before but no one seems 
>> to own or have ever come across a pre-1935 recording of either.  Both 
>> have stood the test of time so they must have been very popular.  I've 
>> come to assume that they were spread via sheet music or piano rolls.  Any 
>> other theories?
>> RayK
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