Selections from Irving Berlin's White Christmas

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White Christmas
Studio album by Bing Crosby
Released 1954
Recorded April 10 and May 4, 1954
Genre Vocal
Label Decca
Producer Joseph Lilley
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Selections from Irving Berlin's White Christmas was one of two albums featuring some of the cast from the 1954 movie, White Christmas. Among the featured artists are Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Trudy Stevens (who dubbed for Vera-Ellen in the movie), with Peggy Lee, who was not in the movie, singing some parts.

This was one of two albums of songs from the movie, neither of which qualifies as an original soundtrack recording, that were released, because Crosby (who had a recording contract with Decca Records) and Rosemary Clooney (with a Columbia contract) could not record together. This album, therefore, was issued by Decca, while Columbia issued an album called Irving Berlin's White Christmas. In this version, Lee recorded the parts that Clooney did in the movie. This was Crosby's third Decca long play album, recorded and originally released in 1954 advertised as the main soundtrack for White Christmas.

The music and lyrics were written by Irving Berlin.

The album was released on CD by MCA in 1994, but is now out-of-print. In the UK, it was released in 2002 as part of a 2-on-1 CD with the studio recordings of the songs from Holiday Inn (1942). A special edition, combined with the DVD of the film, was sold in Starbucks stores during the holiday season in 2006.

Though Clooney and Crosby were unable to make an album together at this time, subsequently the two made albums together for RCA Victor Records (Fancy Meeting You Here in 1958 and How the West Was Won in 1959) and Capitol Records (That Travelin' Two-Beat in 1965). They also co-starred in a network radio show and frequently appeared together on television during the 1950s and 1960s.

Many reissues of the song Sisters incorrectly attribute the performance to both Lee and Stevens, in fact both parts are sung by Peggy using overdubbing.

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Track listing[edit]

Track # Song
(all songs by Irving Berlin)
Performed by Time
1 The Old Man/Gee I Wish I was Back In The Army Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye with Orchestra and Chorus 2:48
2 Sisters Peggy Lee with Orchestra and Chorus 2:26
3 The Best Things Happen While You're Dancing Danny Kaye with The Skylarks, Orchestra and Chorus 2:34
4 Snow Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Peggy Lee, Trudy Stevens with Orchestra and Chorus 2:40
5 Blue Skies/Mandy Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye with Orchestra and Chorus 3:50
6 Choreography Danny Kaye with The Skylarks and Orchestra 2:41
7 Count Your Blessings Instead Of Sheep Bing Crosby with Orchestra 3:04
8 Love, You Didn't Do Right By Me Peggy Lee with Orchestra 3:00
9 What Can You Do With The General? Bing Crosby with Orchestra 2:55
10 White Christmas (Finale) Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Peggy Lee, Trudy Stevens with Orchestra and Chorus 3:17