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75 Essential Christmas Classics

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CD 1
#TitleArtistRatingLength
1White Christmas
choir vocals:
Ken Darby Singers
lead vocals:
Bing Crosby
vocals:
Bing Crosby
orchestra:
John Scott Trotter and his Orchestra
phonographic copyright by:
HNH International Ltd. (not for release label use!), MCA Records Ltd. (do not use as an imprint; UK subsidiary of MCA Records) (in 1942), Geffen Records, Inc. (company credits only; do NOT use as release label) (in 1970) and Geffen Records (in 2010)
cover recording of:
White Christmas (on 1947-03-19)
lyricist and composer:
Irving Berlin (from 1938 until 1940)
publisher:
Copyright Control (not for release label use! this is only for copyrights and publishing relationships), Irving Berlin Music Corp., Irving Berlin Music Ltd., Warner/Chappell Music Ltd. (1996–2019), シンコーミュージック・エンタテイメント, ユニバーサル・ミュージック・パブリッシング Synch事業部 and Irving Berlin Music Company (from 1940 to present)
part of:
Academy Award for Best Original Song (number: 15)
Bing Crosby43:04
2Kissin by the Mistletoe
recording of:
Kissin’ by the Mistletoe
lyricist and composer:
J. Leslie McFarland (composer)
Aretha Franklin3:08
3Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
part of:
Dave Marsh: The Best of the Top 40 Singles: 1960 (number: 33)
recording of:
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
lyricist and composer:
Johnny Marks (American songwriter)
publisher:
Chappell and St. Nicholas Music, Inc.
Brenda Lee42:06
4Jingle Bell Rock
Bobby Rydell2:32
5Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
producer:
Lee Gillette
lead vocals:
Dean Martin (American singer/actor)
arranger:
Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne
phonographic copyright by:
The Dean Martin Family Trust, Capitol Records, Inc. (not for release label use; company behind the “Capitol Records” imprint) (in 1959) and Capitol Records, LLC (not for release label use!) (in 1959)
recording of:
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
lyricist:
Sammy Cahn (in 1945-07)
composer:
Jule Styne (in 1945-07)
publisher:
Cahn Music Company, Chappell/Morris Ltd., Cherry Lane Music Ltd., Warner Chappell Music Ltd. (no slash; used 1988–1996) and Warner Chappell North America
Dean Martin3.51:57
6Ole! Santa
recording of:
Ole Santa
lyricist and composer:
Clyde Otis (American songwriter and record producer)
Dinah Washington2:43
7Caroling, Caroling
recording of:
Caroling, Caroling
lyricist:
Wihla Hutson
composer:
Alfred S. Burt (composer of Christmas carols)
publisher:
TRO Essex Music Ltd.
Nat "King" Cole2:05
8Winter Wonderland
Connie Francis2:44
9Christmas Carousel
recording of:
Christmas Carousel
lyricist and composer:
Peggy Lee (jazz vocalist)
Peggy Lee2:22
10Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
choir vocals:
The Ralph Brewster Singers (on 1957-07-16)
lead vocals:
Frank Sinatra
orchestra:
Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra (on 1957-07-16)
conductor:
Gordon Jenkins (on 1957-07-16)
phonographic copyright by:
Capitol Records, Inc. (not for release label use; company behind the “Capitol Records” imprint) (in 1987)
recording of:
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (on 1957-07-16)
lyricist:
Ralph Blane
composer:
Hugh Martin
publisher:
EMI Feist Catalog Inc., EMI United Partnership Ltd., Leo Feist, Inc., ヤマハミュージックエンタテインメントホールディングス (holding company - do not use as release label), フジパシフィック音楽出版 SBK事業部 (until 2014-12-31) and フジパシフィックミュージック SBK事業部 (from 2015-01-01 to present)
part of:
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944 film)
Frank Sinatra3:30
11Parade of the Tin Soldiers
Mantovani2:49
12Silver Bells
Ray Conniff Singers2:30
13God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
performer:
Mitchell Ayres and His Orchestra and The Ray Charles Singers
recording of:
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (traditional, no arrangement credits here)
lyricist and composer:
[traditional] (Special Purpose Artist)
part of:
Roud Folk Song Index (number: 394)
Perry Como2:56
14The First Nowell
Johnny Mathis3:49
15Jingle Bells
recording of:
Jingle Bells
lyricist and composer:
James Lord Pierpont (in 1850)
publisher:
Warner Chappell Music Ltd. (no slash; used 1988–1996)
Les Paul1:38
16The Secret of Christmas
orchestra:
Russ Garcia & His Orchestra
conductor:
Russell Garcia
engineered at:
United Recorders (@ 6050 Sunset Blvd., part of United Western Recorders studio complex 1957–1985) in Los Angeles, California, United States (on 1959-09-03)
recording of:
The Secret of Christmas (1959 Christmas song from "Say One for Me")
writer:
Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen
publisher:
AF Encore Fund LLC, Cahn Music Company, EMI Feist Catalog Inc., Leo Feist, Inc. and Van Heusen Music Corp
Ella Fitzgerald2:48
17The White Snows of Winter
The Kingston Trio2:36
18Santa Bring My Baby Back to Me
Elvis Presley1:54
19Happy Christmas, Little Friend
Rosemary Clooney2:54
20A Holly Jolly Christmas
Burl Ives2:28
21Joy to the World
Percy Faith and His Orchestra2:09
22Up on the Housetop
Gene Autry2:51
23It’s Christmas Everywhere
Paul Anka3:05
24Let No Walls Divide
Doris Day3:05
25Christmas Auld Lang Syne
Bobby Darin2:45
CD 2
#TitleArtistRatingLength
1Sleigh Ride
Leroy Anderson & His Orchestra2:50
2Deck the Halls
producer:
Lee Gillette
lead vocals:
Nat King Cole (in 1960)
conductor:
Ralph Carmichael (in 1960)
arranger:
Edith Bergdahl and Nat King Cole
recording of:
Deck the Halls
lyricist:
Thomas Oliphant
composer:
[traditional] (Special Purpose Artist)
is based on:
Nos Galan
Nat "King" Cole1:08
3Santa Baby
Eartha Kitt3:24
4Blue Christmas
engineer:
Thorne Nogar
acoustic guitar and lead vocals:
Elvis Presley (“The King of Rock and Roll”) (on 1957-09-05)
bass:
Bill Black (US bassist/leader for Elvis/Bill Black's Combo) (from 1957-09-05 until 1957-09-07)
double bass:
Bill Black (US bassist/leader for Elvis/Bill Black's Combo) (on 1957-09-05)
drums (drum set):
D.J. Fontana (on 1957-09-05, from 1957-09-05 until 1957-09-07)
electric guitar:
Scotty Moore (American guitarist and recording engineer) (on 1957-09-05)
guitar:
Scotty Moore (American guitarist and recording engineer) (from 1957-09-05 until 1957-09-07) and Elvis Presley (“The King of Rock and Roll”) (from 1957-09-05 until 1957-09-07)
piano:
Dudley Brooks (on 1957-09-05, from 1957-09-05 until 1957-09-07)
additional background vocals:
The Jordanaires
background vocals:
The Jordanaires (on 1957-09-05) and Millie Kirkham (on 1957-09-05)
vocals:
Elvis Presley (“The King of Rock and Roll”), The Jordanaires (from 1957-09-05 until 1957-09-07) and Millie Kirkham (from 1957-09-05 until 1957-09-07)
phonographic copyright by:
RCA Victor (in 1957), Sony Music Entertainment (not for release label use! company owned by Sony Corporation of America since Oct 1, 2008; operates worldwide except in JP) (in 1957) and Sony BMG Music Entertainment (Aug 5, 2004 - Oct 1, 2008; do not use if a specific sub-label is available) (in 1968)
recorded at:
Radio Recorders Studios in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States (on 1957-09-05, from 1957-09-05 until 1957-09-07)
cover recording of:
Blue Christmas (on 1957-09-05)
writer:
Bill Hayes and Jay Johnson (songwriter of "Blue Christmas")
publisher:
Anglo-Pic Music Co. Ltd., Bibo Music Publishing, Inc., PolyGram International Publishing, Inc. (renamed Universal PolyGram International Publishing, Inc. circa 1998), Universal PolyGram International Publishing, Inc. (existed only since ca. 1998) and Universal Polygram International, Inc.
cover recording of:
Blue Christmas (from 1957-09-05 until 1957-09-07)
writer:
Bill Hayes and Jay Johnson (songwriter of "Blue Christmas")
publisher:
Anglo-Pic Music Co. Ltd., Bibo Music Publishing, Inc., PolyGram International Publishing, Inc. (renamed Universal PolyGram International Publishing, Inc. circa 1998), Universal PolyGram International Publishing, Inc. (existed only since ca. 1998) and Universal Polygram International, Inc.
recording of:
Blue Christmas
writer:
Bill Hayes and Jay Johnson (songwriter of "Blue Christmas")
publisher:
Anglo-Pic Music Co. Ltd., Bibo Music Publishing, Inc., PolyGram International Publishing, Inc. (renamed Universal PolyGram International Publishing, Inc. circa 1998), Universal PolyGram International Publishing, Inc. (existed only since ca. 1998) and Universal Polygram International, Inc.
Elvis Presley3.52:09
5Christmas Is a Feeling in Your HeartAndy Williams2:47
6I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
The Lennon Sisters2:05
7I’ll Be Home for Christmas
choir vocals:
The Ralph Brewster Singers (on 1957-07-17)
lead vocals:
Frank Sinatra
orchestra:
Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra (on 1957-07-17)
conductor:
Gordon Jenkins (on 1957-07-17)
phonographic copyright by:
Capitol Records, Inc. (not for release label use; company behind the “Capitol Records” imprint) (in 1987)
recording of:
I’ll Be Home for Christmas (on 1957-07-17)
lyricist:
Kim Gannon
additional writer:
Buck Ram
composer:
Walter Kent
publisher:
Chappell Music Ltd., Edward B. Marks Music Co. (founded originally as J. Stern & Co. in 1894, renamed in 1919), Gannon and Kent Music Co., Piedmont Music Company, ヤマハミュージックエンタテインメントホールディングス (holding company - do not use as release label) and ワーナー・チャペル音楽出版 Synch事業部
cover recording of:
I’ll Be Home for Christmas (on 1957-07-17)
lyricist:
Kim Gannon
additional writer:
Buck Ram
composer:
Walter Kent
publisher:
Chappell Music Ltd., Edward B. Marks Music Co. (founded originally as J. Stern & Co. in 1894, renamed in 1919), Gannon and Kent Music Co., Piedmont Music Company, ヤマハミュージックエンタテインメントホールディングス (holding company - do not use as release label) and ワーナー・チャペル音楽出版 Synch事業部
Frank Sinatra3:11
8Jolly Old St. Nicholas
Chet Atkins with Anita Kerr Singers2:14
9The Christmas Song
recording engineer:
Fred Plaut (on 1961-06-29)
cornet:
Nat Adderley (on 1961-06-29)
double bass:
Bob Cranshaw (on 1961-06-29)
drums (drum set):
Walter Perkins (Chicago jazz drummer) (on 1961-06-29)
guitar:
Mundell Lowe (on 1961-06-29)
piano:
Norman Simmons (on 1961-06-29)
tenor saxophone:
Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis (jazz saxophonist) (on 1961-06-29)
vocals:
Carmen McRae (on 1961-06-29)
cover recording of:
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) (on 1961-06-29)
lyricist:
Robert Wells (songwriter) (in 1944)
composer:
Mel Tormé (in 1944)
publisher:
Chappell/Morris Ltd., Sony/ATV Tunes LLC, Warner Chappell Ltd. and E. H. Morris & Co., Inc. (a division of MPL Communications Inc.) (from 1946 to present)
Carmen McRae3:57
10Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
Ray Conniff Singers2:29
11Don’t Forget to Feed the Reindeer
recording of:
Don't Forget to Feed the Reindeer (on 1960-06-19)
lyricist and composer:
Peggy Lee (jazz vocalist)
Peggy Lee2:47
12He’s a Chubby Little Fellow
Gene Autry2:53
13Baby’s First Christmas
Connie Francis2:28
14This Time of Year
Brook Benton2:27
15Christmas Heart
June Christy2:58
16Frosty the Snowman
Jimmy Durante with Roy Bargy and His Orchestra3:00
17Christmas Island
Ella Fitzgerald2:20
18Cool Yule
recording of:
Cool Yule
additional lyricist:
Eric Kornfeld
lyricist and composer:
Steve Allen (US actor, musician & comedian)
Louis Armstrong2:56
19It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
performer:
Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires and John Scott Trotter and His Orchestra
phonographic copyright by:
Geffen Records, Inc. (company credits only; do NOT use as release label) (in 1970) and Geffen Records (in 2010)
recording of:
It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (on 1951-10-01)
lyricist and composer:
Meredith Willson (in 1951)
publisher:
Frank Music Corp. and Meredith Willson Music LLC
Bing Crosby52:46
20December
Kay Starr3:21
21Happy Holiday (instrumental)
Jackie Gleason2:35
22Christmas Is Coming
Harry Belafonte1:40
23What Child Is This?
The Brothers Four3:49
24Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
vocals:
Perry Como (US pop singer & TV personality, 1912–2001)
recording of:
Rudolph, the Red‐Nosed Reindeer
lyricist and composer:
Johnny Marks (American songwriter)
publisher:
Chappell & Co Ltd., Chappell Music Ltd. and St. Nicholas Music, Inc.
Perry Como2:48
25The Skater’s Waltz
Mantovani3:01
CD 3
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1Baby, It’s Cold Outside
producer:
Lee Gillette
lead vocals:
Dean Martin (American singer/actor)
arranger:
Frank Loesser
phonographic copyright by:
Capitol (UK) Ltd. (in 1959) and Capitol Records, LLC (not for release label use!) (in 1959)
recording of:
Baby, It’s Cold Outside (Neptune’s Daughter)
lyricist and composer:
Frank Loesser
publisher:
Frank Music Corp., MPL Communications Ltd. (not for release label use! Paul McCartney-related, London-based company), MPL UK Publishing, Sony Music Publishing (Japan) Inc. and ヤマハミュージックEH(CM)
part of:
Academy Award for Best Original Song (number: 22)
Dean Martin42:24
2Little Jack Frost Get Lost
Peggy Lee and Bing Crosby41:50
3It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Johnny Mathis3:09
4The Twelve Days of Christmas
vocals:
Perry Como (US pop singer & TV personality, 1912–2001)
recording of:
The Twelve Days of Christmas
lyricist and composer:
[traditional] (Special Purpose Artist)
arranger:
Frederic Austin (in 1909)
publisher:
Shawnee Press Inc.
Perry Como3:58
5The Holly and the Ivy
Petula Clark2:40
6Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
recording of:
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (Christmas carol)
additional lyricist:
George Whitefield (in 1753)
lyricist:
Charles Wesley (hymn writer) (in 1739)
additional composer:
William H. Cummings (in 1855)
composer:
Felix Mendelssohn (composer) (in 1840)
Nat "King" Cole1:49
7Warm December
producer:
Bobby Troup
lead vocals:
Julie London
conductor:
Pete King (composer/arranger)
arranger:
Pete King (composer/arranger)
recording of:
Warm December (in 1956)
lyricist and composer:
Bob Russell (US songwriter/lyricist Sidney Keith “Bob” Russell)
Julie London1:57
8Mary’s Boy Child
recording of:
Mary’s Boy Child
lyricist and composer:
Jester Hairston
publisher:
Bourne Music Ltd.
Harry Belafonte4:24
9Here Comes Santa Claus
Eddie Fisher2:17
10The Christmas Story
recording of:
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
lyricist:
Robert Wells (songwriter) (in 1944)
composer:
Mel Tormé (in 1944)
publisher:
Chappell/Morris Ltd., Sony/ATV Tunes LLC, Warner Chappell Ltd. and E. H. Morris & Co., Inc. (a division of MPL Communications Inc.) (from 1946 to present)
Doris Day3:10
11Christmas in Killarney
recording of:
Christmas in Killarney
writer:
James Cavanaugh, John Redmond (singer, songwriter) and Frank Weldon
Bing Crosby2:46
12Ring a Merry Bell
June Christy3:06
13Christmas Bride
Ray Conniff Singers2:53
14I Want a Rock and Roll Guitar
Johnny Preston3:13
15Little Sandy Sleighfoot
Jimmy Dean2:50
16Song of the Sleighbells
June Hutton2:17
17You’re All I Want for Christmas
recording of:
You’re All I Want for Christmas (1948 song)
writer:
Seger Ellis
Frankie Laine2:46
18Christmas Eve
Billy Eckstine3:05
19Away in a Manger
Mario Lanza2:55
20What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?
recorded in:
New York, New York, United States (from 1960-07-15 until 1960-07-16)
orchestra:
Frank De Vol Orchestra (from 1960-07-15 until 1960-07-16)
conductor:
Frank De Vol (from 1960-07-15 until 1960-07-16)
arranger:
Frank De Vol
recorded at:
Columbia Studios in New York, New York, United States (from 1960-07-15 until 1960-07-16)
recording of:
What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve (from 1960-07-15 until 1960-07-16)
lyricist and composer:
Frank Loesser
publisher:
Frank Music Corp., Sony Music Publishing (Japan) Inc. and ヤマハミュージックEH(CM)
Ella Fitzgerald3:34
21The Night Before Christmas Song
Gene Autry & Rosemary Clooney42:50
22We Wish You the Merriest
Les Brown & His Orch.2:14
23Silent Night
Dinah Shore2:22
24O Little Town of Bethlehem
Frank Sinatra2:06
25The Little Drummer Boy
vocals:
Johnny Cash (country music legend)
phonographic copyright by:
Sony BMG Music Entertainment (Aug 5, 2004 - Oct 1, 2008; do not use if a specific sub-label is available) (in 1963) and Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd. (not for release label use! pre-Aug 2004 subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment Inc.) (in 1963)
cover recording of:
Carol of the Drum (aka “The Little Drummer Boy”)
lyricist and composer:
Katherine K. Davis (in 1941)
writer:
Henry Onorati (in 1958) and Harry Simeone (in 1958)
publisher:
EMI Mills Music (ASCAP-affiliated), International Korwin Corp., Belwin-Mills Publishing Corp. (in 1955) and Mills Music, Inc. (in 1964)
is based on:
[untitled] (traditional Czech carol, became “Carol of the Drums”)
Johnny Cash52:34

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ASIN:UK: B00991TH00 [info]