Welcome to this series of pages featuring audio relics celebrating this special day. It presents traditional and out-there Christmas songs, as well as Christmas radio programming, radio commercials, syndicated radio shows, production library tracks, etc.
I try to list these in chronological order, but it may be a little off sometimes. The years I put on Tanner library tracks are approximate, but I think I'm pretty good at guessing these.
Please be prepared for the sense of humor in some of my comments.
Watch for the Christmas Radio notation, where there's Christmas Day radio
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From all of me to all of you:
UPDATE, 1/28/13: I'm sorry I didn't have anything new this past Christmastime, but I've got some new things coming up during this year, including more Christmas radio shows, and for the first time, late-70's and 80's "Sounds of Broadcasting" library tracks! Watch for this during the year!
First of all, a link to
an interesting Christmas website.
PlanetChristmas An all-Christmas, all-year-round site dedicated to this most-special day.
Let's start with
things having to do with before Christmas.
Pre-Christmas Sale From Tanner Total Sound Library 3305, 1970
WQXY, Baton Rouge, La. - Pre-Christmas
These aired on WQXY (now WTGE) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana during Nov., 1972. They were taken from logger reel recordings recorded at such slow speeds that one side of an 1800-ft. reel fit nearly 20 hours. As a result, the sound quality isn't stellar, but these commercials are, for the most part, listenable.
Bristol, Va - Pre-Christmas commercials, 1978
These are from a reel of commercials aired in October, 1978 (There was a Friday the 13th that month, which is why that keeps getting mentioned). I picked out commercials that mention Christmas, winter, and/or cold weather. For those of us that live in the Bristol, Tenn./Va. area, they give a picture of how the Bristol Mall used to be.
At this time, I'll pay tribute to the Piccadilly Cafeteria in the Bristol Mall, which closed down in 2011. Thanks to all involved in the Piccadilly.
Parks-Belk "Belk Days Sale" commercials, 1983 I put this here because of all those winter clothes and blankets.
Village Discount Center A commercial with my dad, Cecil Reed, when he worked at WBCV in Bristol, Tenn.
And now, let's let those Christmastime festivities begin!
The next 2 entries are from 16" transcription records.
Juke Box Christmas Show", 1947
From what I could find out online: Martha Wilkerson (1918-99) was working at the Office of War Information during World War II. At the same time, she was doing a show with her husband on a radio station as "Jack & Jill". With the "popularity" (or infamy - take your pick) of Tokyo Rose, the Armed Forces Radio Service thought we aughta have our own version for the troops - so "G.I. Jill" was born. In 1943, she became the new host of a show called "G.I. Jive", and was pretty big with the 18-34 male soldier "demographic", so to speak. Sometime later, the name of the show was changed to "Jill's Juke Box".
Christmas Seal campaign - "The Mark Warnow Show"
Christmas" - Mindy Carson, 1949
With the unwieldy title of "(I want a) Television Christmas (a world of magic all my own)", this was a promotional 78 recorded by RCA Victor for the purpose of advertising this relatively-new device. Each side has a different version of the song, so I'll present both versions here.
records were used by many radio stations. They had instrumental
music as well as generic jingles, which a station's announcer
and/or DJ used to make a station promo, mention things about a
local business to make a commercial, and other things.
The next 3 cuts are from a 16" transcription record called "Musical Weather Jingles", from a library called World Program Service, where a "weather bird" gives a brief weather forecast. I selected 3 weather conditions associated with Christmastime.
"Snow and Colder", "Snow and Cold", "Rain Changing to Snow" (Apologies for the little "sexist" comment in the last one.)
"The Twelve Days of Christmas" - Tom Glazer, 1950
"The Lord's Prayer" - Amos and Arbadella People who know about old-time radio, or have seen "Amos & Andy" TV tapes, may be familiar with the Christmas episode every year that had the scene with Amos and his girl Arbadella listening to "The Lord's Prayer" on their radio. Columbia Records made a 78RPM re-creation of this scene.
"Radio Hucksters and Airlifts", 1957
Here are production library records related to Christmas.
101, side 1 - "Weather: Christmas"
These tracks announce different weather conditions.
"STORM: Keep Christmas Fire Glowing", "CLEAR & COLD: Temperature Slowly Dropping", "CLEAR: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", "DAMP & CLOUDY: Hi There Folks", "SNOW: Christmas Shoppers Listen", "FAIR & WARMER: Christmas Bells are Ringing", "RAIN: We're Santa's Reindeer", "GENERAL: Listen as the Christmas Bells"
101, side 2 - "Time Signal: Christmas"
These were played before a DJ announced the time.
"Soon It Will Be Christmas Day", "Yule Log is Brightly Burning", "Twinkle Christmas Star", "Christmas Cards", "It's Christmas Time", "Christmas Season is So Grand", "Ol' St. Nick Rides Over Snow", :"Santa Claus Says"
102, side 1 - "Station Identification: Christmas"
These were played before a DJ gave a station ID.
"Santa Claus is a Merry Old Soul", "Christmas Comes But Once a Year", "Christmas Bells", "Joyous Christmas Season", "Sleigh Bells Ringing", "Merry Christmas Everyone", "Christmas Candies, Christmas Toys", "Candy Canes, Christmas Holly"
"Happy Birthday Jesus" - Little Cindy
Golden Records EP: "Christmas Carols"
Before the "Mitch Miller and the Gang" album with the annoying kid - and probably before he had a "gang" - there was this 45RPM Golden Records EP with music by "The Sandpiper Chorus and Orchestra under the direction of Mitch Miller". This thing had 3 songs on each side. Due to how short each song is, the entire EP is on one player here.
"Joy to the World", "O Little Town of Bethlehem", "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear", O, Come all Ye Faithful", "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing", "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"
Material 45RPM record, 1959
"The Kinds of Christmas"
"Santa's North Pole Band"
New World library D770, side 2
In this, the earliest World Broadcasting System record I have from when they moved from 16" transcriptions to 12" LP's, and from New York to Dallas, side 2 contained only Christmas jingles. As a "Christmas present", I'm including the instrumental versions because they have something I never heard before in production library records: You hear the bandleader counting up the band!
"Christmas Insert #57: How Many Days", Christmas Insert #58: Please Tell Me", "Christmas Insert #59", "Christmas Gift Shop: Let's Take a Look".
Rydell & Chubby Checker 45, 1960.
"Jingle Bell Rock"
"Jingle Bells Imitations"
Christmas (Toys) Pepper's "Creative Sales Service" library record 5208, 1963
Walter Brennan Christmas album
This album was titled "'Twas the Night Before Christmas ... at Home", even though he didn't recite that poem on the album. But what is here are real doozys.
"Just Three Letters for Christmas" ... and a merry Christmas to you too, buddy.
"A Farmer's Christmas Prayer" "GULL-DERN" ALERT Meaning, this is your only chance on the album to hear him say his famous word, only once.
"Henry Had a Merry Christmas" Couldn't they just buy one?
"Old Time Christmas Stories"
"(There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays"
"Let the Bells Ring Out"
"A Good Year for Santa Claus"
"O Come All Ye Faithful"
Robin Hood Records 45's
"T'was the Night Before Christmas"
"Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer"
"The First Noel"
CRC's Money Maker 901, approx. 1966
Christmas Gifts CRC Money Maker 902, approx. 1966
Tanner Total Sound Library record 3401,
"Five Shopping Days til Christmas"
"Four Shopping Days til Christmas"
"Three Shopping Days til Christmas"
"Two Shopping Days til Christmas"
"One Shopping Day til Christmas"
Here are the rest of the jingles on that record.
"Gifts for Dad", "Gifts for Mother", "Gifts for Children", "Santa's Visit", "Gift Wrapping", "Season's Greetings", "Christmas Lay-Away", "Toys", "Christmas Ideas", "Christmas Party Supplies", "Christmas Cards / Wrapping Supplies"
Tanner Total Sound Library 3402, 1968
"Christmas Instrumental" (a slow rendition of "Jingle Bells"), and "Christmas Shopping Central" (I know we can do that real-time voice-pitch-change stuff with our computers nowadays, but in 1968?!)
Total Sound Library 3405, 1969
"Christmas Greeting", "Christmas Greeting" (another one), "Santa is Here", Christmas Greeting", "Christmas Shopping Downtown", "Christmas Shopping General" (Does anyone ever give Christmas presents to "the mailman" anymore? Nowadays, are you even allowed to?), "Christmas Greeting", "Christmas Lay Away", "Christmas Gift Headquarters" (The intro sounds more like the 4th of July than Christmas), "Santa is Coming"
Tanner Total Sound Library 3502, 1969
Christmas-related acapella sing-lines.
Santa Claus" - Lorene Mann
1/16th of me is wincing
right now. Well,
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