Christmas Greetings (album)

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Christmas Greetings
Christmas Greetings (album cover).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOriginal 78 album: 1949
Original LP album: 1949
Recorded1949
GenreChristmas
Length18:39 (78rpm album)
24:31 (10" album)
LabelDecca
Bing Crosby chronology
South Pacific
(1949)
Christmas Greetings
(1949)
Ichabod – The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
(1949)

Christmas Greetings is a studio album of phonograph records by Bing Crosby released in 1949 featuring popular Christmas songs.

Background[edit]

Crosby had recorded Christmas songs for the first time in 1935 and he had a huge hit with "Silent Night" that year. In 1942, he recorded "White Christmas" with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra and the Ken Darby Singers for Decca Records in just 18 minutes on May 29, 1942, and it was released on July 30 as part of an album of six 78-rpm discs from the film Holiday Inn. In 1943, he recorded three more songs with a holiday theme – "Jingle Bells", "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town", and "I'll Be Home for Christmas". All of these songs were huge hits and the issue of a 78rpm set called Merry Christmas in 1945 firmly cemented Crosby’s association with the Christmas season. The Merry Christmas album has been available in one form or another ever since 1945 and in 1949 Decca decided to issue the Christmas Greetings album to complement this.

Reception[edit]

Billboard reviewed the album saying: "Crosby single-handed has something of a corner on the Christmas market with his 'Merry Christmas' album and 'White Christmas'. This new album should widen that corner even more, for Bing is at his best and has the benefit of some top-notch support in the disposition of this collection of a couple of new seasonal pops and a group of familiar carols. A top-notch seasonal package which should stand out head-and-shoulders in sales over most any other new Christmas entry."[1]

The album peaked at No. 4 in Billboard's best-selling albums chart for the week ending December 30, 1949. His Merry Christmas album was in first place.[2]

Track listing[edit]

The songs were featured on a 3-disc, 78 rpm album set, Decca Album A-715.[3]

Disc 1: (24658)

  1. "Here Comes Santa Claus",.
  2. "Twelve Days of Christmas",

Disc 2: (24659)

  1. "You're All I Want for Christmas",
  2. "The First Nowell",

Disc 3: (24670)

  1. "Christmas Carols - Part I", (Deck the Halls, Away in a Manger, I Saw Three Ships),
  2. "Christmas Carols - Part ll", (Good King Wenceslas, We Three Kings of Orient Are, Angels We Have Heard on High),

LP track listing[edit]

The 1949 10" LP album issue[4] Decca DL 5020 consisted of Decca A-715 (details above) plus two additional songs "The Christmas Song" and "O Fir Tree Dark".[5]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Performed withLength
1."Here Comes Santa Claus" (May 10, 1949)Gene Autry, Oakley HaldemanThe Andrews Sisters and Vic Schoen and His Orchestra3:00
2."Twelve Days of Christmas" (May 10, 1949)Frederic AustinThe Andrews Sisters and Vic Schoen and His Orchestra3:21
3."You're All I Want for Christmas" (May 11, 1949)Seger Ellis, Glenn MooreVictor Young and His Orchestra, and the Ken Lane Singers3:08
4."The First Nowell" (May 11, 1949)TraditionalVictor Young and His Orchestra, and the Ken Lane Singers2:31
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Performed withLength
1."Christmas Carols - Part I":
"Deck the Halls"
" Away in a Manger"
"I Saw Three Ships" (May 31, 1949)

Thomas Oliphant
William J. Kirkpatrick, James Ramsey Murray
Traditional
Simon Rady and His Orchestra and choir3:22
2."Christmas Carols - Part ll":
"Good King Wenceslas"
"We Three Kings of Orient Are"
"Angels We Have Heard on High" (May 31, 1949)

John Mason Neale
John Henry Hopkins Jr.
James Chadwick
Simon Rady and His Orchestra and choir3:17
3."The Christmas Song" (March 19, 1947)Robert Wells, Mel TorméJohn Scott Trotter and His Orchestra, and the Ken Darby Singers2:52
4."O Fir Tree Dark" (March 28, 1947)N. F. S. Grundtvig, Carl Christian Nicolaj BalleVictor Young and His Orchestra, and the Ken Darby Singers3:00

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45 rpm releases[edit]

The album was also issued as catalog number 9-66 in the form of three 45rpm vinyl discs[7] in 1950 with identical tracks to the 78rpm release A-715. Subsequently, it was issued on two EP records numbered ED 561[8] which included the two extra songs on the 10" LP.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Billboard". Billboard: 38. November 19, 1949.
  2. ^ "Billboard". Billboard: 24. January 7, 1950.
  3. ^ "Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved November 23, 2015.
  4. ^ "BSN Pubs". BSN Pubs.com. Retrieved November 23, 2015.
  5. ^ "Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved November 23, 2015.
  6. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". A Bing Crosby Discography. Retrieved November 23, 2015.
  7. ^ "Discogs.com". Discogs.com. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
  8. ^ "Discogs.com". Discogs.com. Retrieved November 24, 2015.