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(Date Posted:09/24/2010 09:25)

I just found out that Eddie Fisher passed away.  He was 82.  Though he wasn't a featured artist on The Yule Log, he did  a lot of Christmas songs as well as others

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RE:Eddie Fisher passed away at the age of 82
(Date Posted:09/27/2010 09:24)

Another Eddie Fisher Christmas song I recall was "Christmas Day", which my mom had on a 45.  It was probably recorded in the early 50s.

This "Christmas Day" is not to be confused with a song of the same name from the Broadway musical "Promises, Promises".  Johnny Mathis recorded that song on his Christmas album "Give Me Your Love For Christmas" in the late 60s.

Anyone remember "Christmas Day" by Eddie Fisher?
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RE:Eddie Fisher passed away at the age of 82
(Date Posted:09/27/2010 20:50)


Frank,

The song you're alluding to, Christmas Day, was released as a 45-rpm single by RCA Records in 1952, with the flip side being That's What Christmas Means To Me. This single was one of five Eddie Fisher Christmas singles that RCA released that year. Eight of the ten songs from these five singles were included on the 10" LP entitled, Christmas With Fisher, which was released that same year of 1952.

By the way, it was Eddie Fisher's second Christmas LP that was by far his best. It was arranged and conducted by the great Pete King and was released in 1965 by Dot Records. This LP resides in the 2nd Tier of my Top Play (albums 126-250). It is pictured below.





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RE:Eddie Fisher passed away at the age of 82
(Date Posted:09/28/2010 10:04)

WOW!  The flip side of Christmas Day is at the top of this thread!  My mom always played Christmas Day.  She nor I had the good sense to turn it over!  Until now, I didn't know what was on the flip side!

Eddie Fisher also released Count Your Blessings b/w Fanny as a single on RCA in 1954.  Count Your Blessings wasn't a Christmas song at the time it was released.  Now it's a Christmas staple.  When did Count Your Blessings become part of the standard Christmas repertoire?
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RE:Eddie Fisher passed away at the age of 82
(Date Posted:09/28/2010 12:26)

"When did 'Count Your Blessings' become part of the standard Christmas repertoire?"  That's what I'd like to know.  I guess just from being featured in the 1954 movie "White Christmas", it acquired the connection.  The connection doesn't work for me.  It's NOT a Christmas song!!!!!  It's not even a properly seasonal song! 

There are many songs you only hear during "the season" that aren't strictly Christmas songs (Sleigh Ride, Frosty, Let It Snow, etc.), but this song is too much of a stretch to call it a Christmas song.  So stop it!  (Unless you really think it is a Christmas song, in which case, please don't play it when I'm around)
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(Date Posted:09/28/2010 14:10)


That's too bad for you, Mike. Because if you have such contempt for this song as a Christmas season song, then I guess you will never listen to Ray Conniff's classic Christmas album, We Wish You A Merry Christmas.

It was the one-two punch of Bing's 1954 recording and Mr. Conniff's 1962 recording that made this song part of the modern-day Christmas repertoire. And unfortunately for you Mike, it's here to stay.

 
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RE:Eddie Fisher passed away at the age of 82
(Date Posted:10/04/2010 09:34)

Thanks for the connection to Christmas on Count Your Blessings!  I've seen the 1954 movie White Christmas a number of times and forgot Count Your Blessings was featured in the film.  Not sure if I ever had Ray Conniff's 1962 Christmas album that contained the song.  I always wondered how the song became connected to the standard holiday repertoire.  Now I know! 

Regardless of how Count Your Blessings became a Christmas staple, it's one of my favorites!
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RE:Eddie Fisher passed away at the age of 82
(Date Posted:10/06/2010 10:56)

Another Eddie Fisher 45 my mom had was the beautiful Italian ballad, Anema e Core, from about 1954 or '55.  Not sure how well it charted, but it got played a lot in our house!
Wish I still had those records, or at least burned them to a CD!
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RE:Eddie Fisher passed away at the age of 82
(Date Posted:10/06/2010 15:03)


Frank,

Eddie Fisher's Anema e Core (aka With All My Heart And Soul) was released by RCA Records in 1954 and it peaked at #14 on the Billboard charts.


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RE:Eddie Fisher passed away at the age of 82
(Date Posted:10/08/2010 11:54)

Here's a You Tube clip of 3 classic Eddie Fisher 45s.  You'll hear Oh My Papa, probably Mr Fisher's signature recording, the aforementioned Anema E Core, and Sayonara.

These were not re-mastered, rather they are right from the original 45s, ticks, pops and everything else that happens to vinyl records.  My personal favorite is Anema E Core.  Hearing it puts me right back in our basement apartment in Brooklyn in the 1950s.

Listen and enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXzk0dd6UZc

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RE:Eddie Fisher passed away at the age of 82
(Date Posted:10/08/2010 13:18)


You had it right the first time, Frank: it's Anema e Core. The middle "e" is not properly capitalized; it's a very common mistake that is often made.


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