Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas

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Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas
Studio album by
RecordedJuly 15 – August 5, 1960
GenreVocal jazz
Christmas music
ProducerNorman Granz
Ella Fitzgerald chronology
Ella in Berlin
Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]

Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas is a 1960 album by the American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald, recorded in the summer of 1960, with a studio orchestra arranged and conducted by Frank DeVol.

It is Fitzgerald's only Verve complete album of Christmas tunes. Verve had issued a 7" 45rpm single in 1959, featuring "The Christmas Song" with "The Secret of Christmas" on the b-side, both were recorded with Russ Garcia and His Orchestra in September 1959. The album has been reissued several times and there have been variations to the sleeve's artwork.

Track listing[edit]

For the 1960 Verve LP release; Verve MG VS-64042

Side One:

  1. "Jingle Bells" (J.S. Pierpont) – 2:21
  2. "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" (J. Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie) – 2:56
  3. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin) – 2:56
  4. "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" (Frank Loesser) – 3:32
  5. "Sleigh Ride" (Leroy Anderson, Mitchell Parish) – 2:56
  6. "The Christmas Song" (Mel Tormé, Bob Wells) – 3:00

Side Two:

  1. "Good Morning Blues" (Count Basie, Eddie Durham, Jimmy Rushing) – 3:15
  2. "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" (Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne) – 2:43
  3. "Winter Wonderland" (Felix Bernard, Richard B. Smith) – 2:16
  4. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (Johnny Marks) – 2:51
  5. "Frosty the Snowman" (Steve Nelson, Jack Rollins) – 2:12
  6. "White Christmas" (Irving Berlin) – 3:02

Bonus Tracks; Issued on the Verve 2002 CD re-issue, Verve 440 065 086-2

  1. "The Secret of Christmas" - Released in 1959, 7" single, b-side (Jimmy Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn) - 2:45
  2. "Medley:"We Three Kings of Orient Are"/"O Little Town of Bethleham" - Released only in the UK, on 1960 7" single, a-side (John Henry Hopkins), (Lewis H. Redner, Phillips Brooks) - 3:35
  3. "Christmas Island" (Released only in the UK, on 1960 7" single, b-side) (Lyle L. Moraine) - 2:18
  4. "The Christmas Song" (Alternative take) - 3:41
  5. "White Christmas" (Alternative take) - 3:44
  6. "Frosty the Snowman" (Alternative take) - 2:11


Recorded July 15–16, August 5, 1960, New York, New York:

Track 13 recorded September 3, 1959, United Records, Hollywood:


  1. ^ "Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas". Allmusic. All Media Guide. Retrieved 2011-07-22.