Title: Jim Reeves: Senor Santa Claus & Mary’s Boy Child
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(Date Posted:08/13/2009 22:19)




 


Jim Reeves, aka "Gentleman Jim," was taken from us all too early at the age of 40 in that tragic plane crash in July, 1964. Thankfully, for us Christmas music lovers, he left behind a spectacular Christmas album that he recorded in 1963, just one year before his untimely death.


The album was called simply enough, Twelve Songs Of Christmas, and it was released by RCA Records. If this album has not been a part of your Christmas music listening tradition, then you have missed out on a real gem. It not only resides in the 1st Tier of my Top 500, but comes in at #11, just missing my Ultra Top 10.

 

There are 3 great original songs on this classic Christmas album: "Senor Santa Claus," "An Old Christmas Card," and lastly, "The Merry Christmas Polka." Here for your listening enjoyment is the best of these original songs, "Senor Santa Claus":






And here is Jim's stunningly beautiful version of "Mary's Boy Child" -- done with that magical Reeves touch:






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RE:Jim Reeves: Senor Santa Claus & Mary’s Boy Child
(Date Posted:08/14/2009 07:10)

Thanks for posting these Chip. Jim Reeve (Gentlemen Jim) has been a favorite of mine since I was a child.  The first song I remember from him is "He'll have to go"  I have his "Twelve Songs of Christmas" album on CD and the vinyl re issue that RCA did ANL1-1927.  I am looking for the original 1963 LSP-2758 release.

Along with the 2 songs you've posted for our listening pleasure, "An Old Christmas Card" is one of my other favorites from this album, especially when he talks about it in the song.

Thanks again for posting these.
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Though it isn't "technically" a Christmas song, another favorite of mine is "Snowflake" which I believe was released on the same album as He'll Have To Go.  A few other songs I absolutely love are "The Blizzard", "Distant Drums" and "Four Walls" though I like anything by Gentlemen Jim.

I hope it's ok to talk about these here instead of starting a new thread, but at the same time, I'm thinking that maybe it should be under the "Music" section so members who subscribe to the thread and receive email updates would be notified.  If I am in the wrong for posting this here, I apologize.

I have 4 Jim Reeves albums in additional to "Twelve Songs Of Christmas"

The Best of Jim Reeves RCA LSP-2890 (1964)
2 Copies of Distant Drums RCA LSP-3542 (1966)  &  APH1-3542 (Re issue)
It's Nothin' to Me  RCA APL1-2309 (1972)
A Legendary Performer RCA CPL1-1891 (1976)


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RE:Jim Reeves: Senor Santa Claus & Mary’s Boy Child
(Date Posted:08/14/2009 11:45)


My pleasure Susan, and thanks for mentioning those two great songs; it definitely calls for me to showcase Gentleman Jim again in an In The Spotlight encore:


  ENCORE: Jim Reeves


Let's start with that other great original Christmas song you mentioned in your post, An Old Christmas Card:  





And here is Jim's biggest hit that he released in late 1959 and went on to peak at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in early 1960, He'll Have To G
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