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(Date Posted:11/11/2009 19:00)

If you are looking for more Percy Faith Christmas music, you can find, "My Favorite Things" on the "south pacific/The sound of music" CD issued by Taragon Records.   If you want the instrumental version of Christmas Is, you can find that on the Percy Faith CD "More themes for young lovers/Latin themes For young lovers"  "Christmas Is" song is also "Judy"  This was issued by oldies.com. 

I'm not sure if they are still in print.
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RE:two more Percy Faith Christmas songs
(Date Posted:12/03/2009 16:43)

Another, less well-known one: Collectables Records' Subways Are for Sleeping/Do I Hear a Waltz? twofer includes "Be a Santa", from the former LP.

Incidentally, I've always liked that Comden-Green song, and it kind of surprises me that it hasn't been covered by more artists.  I know the Living Voices did it on their Little Drummer Boy album, and Mitch Miller and the Gang did a version that was issued as a 45 RPM single b/w "Must Be Santa" (but, oddly, was never included on the Holiday Sing-Along LP or even added as a bonus track on the CD reissue). Other than that, though, the song seems to have been forgotten.
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RE:two more Percy Faith Christmas songs
(Date Posted:12/05/2009 15:47)


Jim:

Yes, both of the Percy Faith CDs that you alluded to are still in print.


Mike:

Unfortunately, both songs, Be A Santa and Must Be Santa, have never gotten the recognition they truly deserve. Back in July I did an In The Spotlight tribute to Mitch Miller featuring Must Be Santa, click here. Both of these songs are on my short list for consideration if I was to add a 4th hour to the Yule Log soundtrack, but more on that later.


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RE:two more Percy Faith Christmas songs
(Date Posted:12/06/2009 13:15)

In 1950, Percy Faith recorded a non-album Christmas single, "Christmas in Killarney" (with the Shillelagh Singers) b/w "Sleigh Ride" (Columbia 39559). 

I don't know about the B-side, but "Christmas in Killarney" is available on a 3-CD BMG mail order set, Christmas Songs to Remember (ASIN B000K7CX6M). Amazon has some copies available for pretty reasonable prices.
http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Songs-Remember-All-time-Favorites/dp/B000K7CX6M


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RE:two more Percy Faith Christmas songs
(Date Posted:12/06/2009 15:30)

Mike,

The set is available even cheaper from this eBay seller.  I purchased it from them 2 years ago, and they seem to have several, including this one for $3.99 plus shipping:

http://cgi.ebay.com/3-CD-Christmas-Songs-to-Remember-36-All-time-Favorites_W0QQitemZ390122374546QQcmdZViewItemQQptZMusic_CDs?hash=item5ad51b0592

They have several other similar Christmas compilations listed.
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RE:two more Percy Faith Christmas songs
(Date Posted:12/06/2009 19:54)


Mike,

Percy Faith's rendition of Christmas In Killarney was first released by Columbia Records as a 7" 33 1/3 rpm single in 1950, with the B-side being Norah (catalog #1-899). It was simultaneously released that same year as a 7" 45 rpm single, also with the B-side being Norah (catalog #6-899, and later as 4-39048).

Then, in 1951, Columbia Records re-released Christmas In Killarney as a single again, this time with the B-side being Sleigh Ride (catalog #4-39559). Sleigh Ride, which had vocals as well, had originally been released in 1950 on a single as the B-side to the song Christmas In My Heart (catalog #4-39011). Another Percy Faith single that was released in 1950 was Brazilian Sleigh Bells, with the B-side being What Is This Thing Called Love (catalog #4-38986, and later as 4-39323).

By the way, the Shillelagh Singers were actually in fact the Ray Charles Singers. This was the only time the Ray Charles Singers were ever billed under this name.


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RE:two more Percy Faith Christmas songs
(Date Posted:12/07/2009 14:39)

A few more CD sources for Percy's one-off Christmas recordings, for those who are interested:

A 1960 remake of the aforementioned "Brazilian Sleigh Bells" can be found on the Bon Voyage/Carefree twofer (Collectables 7563)
http://www.amazon.com/Bon-Voyage-Carefree-Francois-Barcellini/dp/B0000996G9

"Soleado", an instrumental whose melody was used for "When a Child Is Born", can be found on the Chinatown/Summer Place '76 twofer (Collectables 7522)
http://www.amazon.com/Chinatown-Featuring-Entertainer-Summer-Place/dp/B00007L9OJ

"March of the Toys" and "Toyland" can be found on The Columbia Album of Victor Herbert (Collectables 7565)
http://www.amazon.com/Columbia-Album-Victor-Herbert/dp/B0000996GF



(Message edited by Motown Mike On 12/07/2009 14:42)
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RE:two more Percy Faith Christmas songs
(Date Posted:12/11/2009 23:34)

"Children's" singer/songwriter Raffi has a sweet version of "Must Be Santa" - I am surprised that it isn't covered by more artists.
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