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Status: Lawrence F. Arcuri Owner/Webmaster of TheYuleLog.com
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Posted on 03/19/2017 12:30

Yes it is, Rick, but working to get these new releases out can be very trying -- not as much with Sony or WMG, but with UMG. The latest example is my proposed Fred Waring release. It is being held up, and possibly might not even happen, because UMG can't find Mr. Waring's contract. I thought I had seen everything with UMG, but this one really takes the cake. It is yet another example of why I have such a low opinion of them as a company. All I can say is that they better find the damn thing. I knew they were disorganized, but this is a new low.

Posted on 03/17/2017 00:32

Everything so far is fine
with the Percy Faith release. However, it has not formally cleared yet. The
vaults for both Columbia and RCA are primarily here in New York.

Posted on 02/11/2017 12:30

It was just marketing on Capitol's part, Steve; the album wasn't tied to any kind of event, anniversary or purpose other than to celebrate the uniqueness of Christmas in America.

Posted on 02/10/2017 14:41

The original version of C
hristmas America (catalog #SLAO-6666) was released by Capitol Records in 1970. It was later repackaged for Firestone in 1973 (catalog #SL-6884). However, the subsequent Firestone release only had five songs from the original LP: "Christmas America, Part 1" (The Hollywood Pops), "Christmas America, Part 2" (The Hollywood Pops), "White Christmas" (Fred Waring and The Pennsylvanians), "The Christmas Waltz" (Peggy Lee) and "Over The River" (The Hollywood Pops).

In 1974, Capitol Records created Christmas America, Album Two (catalog #SL-6950) for Firestone to sell exclusively through their stores.

Posted on 02/06/2017 13:18

I did some checking, and yes, apparently Sony Music recently acquired Dino's Reprise Records catalog. This is not a problem, as working with SME (Sony Music Entertainment) to secure copyrights for distribution wouldn't be a problem; however, WMG (Warner Music Group) would have been a trifle easier to deal with.

Posted on 02/05/2017 22:16

Thanks for reapplying; application received, reviewed and approved.

Welcome aboard.

Posted on 02/05/2017 01:17

Yes, that song as well as the two Christmas standards from Eydie's 1966 Spanish Christmas album with the Trio Los Panchos Navidad Means Christmas,
"Noche De Paz" (Silent Night) and "Blanca Navidad" (White Christmas), will be included on a Real Gone Music complete Christmas collection CD if we do one.

Posted on 02/03/2017 12:26

Thanks, Jon. And yes, I'm feeling a bit better now. There was a worry that the bronchitis would settle into pneumonia, but after a week on an inhaler and antibiotics, that danger, thankfully, now seems to have passed.

As for the new Real Gone Music Christmas CD releases that are coming out each year, Gordon pretty much now only releases what I personally recommend. This as a result of the sales success of my releases.

A complete Nat and Dino are meritorious ideas, but there are just too many other priorities ahead of them right now to consider. In addition to that, both artists would require engagement (meaning a fight) with UMG (Universal Music Group) to secure the copyrights for distribution, as they are a notoriously difficult company to deal with.

Unfortunately, all of Nat's holiday material (his Christmas album and singles) were on the Capitol Record label, which now belongs to UMG; as well as the first of Dino's two Christmas albums, which was another Capitol LP. Thankfully, though, Dino's second Christmas album was on his buddy Sinatra's Reprise Record label, and that now belongs to WMG (Warner Music Group), which would mean a relatively easy quest to secure the legal copyrights for distribution.

As for this year's CD releases, rest assured that, as always, I will make the exclusive announcement in a group email as well as here on my message board via my "Chip's Tips" column as soon as the deals are closed with the record companies.

Posted on 02/03/2017 04:11

To the perspective applicant Robert L. from Pennsylvania:

Apparently as a result of a glitch in Aimoo's system, your profile was deleted before I could approve your membership. In order to join, you will need to reapply. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Posted on 02/03/2017 03:28

Sorry for the delayed
response, I've been sick with the flu and bronchitis for the last

Glad to hear you enjoyed
the Yule Log broadcast this year.

And no, there is no
complete Steve & Eydie collection anywhere. Besides "Go Tell It On The
Mountain," another bonus song that is missing from the reissue CD is Steve's
great solo of "'Twas The Night Before Christmas," which he recorded
exclusively in 1967 for Goodyear's The Great Songs Of Christmas, Vol.
. There's also Eydie's solo of "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear," which she
recorded exclusively in 1969 for RCA's Christmas In New York, Vol.

In 2012, when Steve and
Eydie first released their Christmas album through their private GL
Music label, I mentioned to Steve about adding the above songs as additional
bonus tracks to "Baby It's Cold Outside" and "Hurry Home For Christmas" which
they had included on their new reissue CD. He said he'd look into it, but
unfortunately nothing ever came of it.

As for Nat and Dino,
perhaps complete collections for both will be forthcoming from Real Gone Music
in the future.
We'll see.

Posted on 01/04/2017 04:40

No Peter, I can't. It's hard to explain the crazy things these record companies do now and then. Personally, I think they spoiled the cover artwork with their injudicious changes.

Posted on 01/03/2017 21:30

Here is the complete audio for the new 4th and 5th hours that I created and produced for the Yule Log telecast in 2009 and 2016, respectively. (For my original announcement in 2009 of the new 4th hour,
click here
; and for my original announcement in 2016 of the new 5th hour, click here.)

The 4th and 5th hours are each posted separately in its own video below; and beneath each video, is the complete track listing for that respective hour. Any questions regarding these 4th and 5th hours can be posted in the Yule Log/Holiday Music section of the message board.

I hope you enjoy these two new hours as much as I had in putting them together.

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1)  Mantovani: "Adeste Fideles"

2)  Ray Conniff: "Deck The Halls"

3)  Bert Kaempfert: "Holiday For Bells"

4)  Mitch Miller: "Must Be Santa"

5)  Percy Faith: "Good King Wenceslas"

6)  The New Christy Minstrels: "Sleigh Ride"

7)  The Harry Simeone Chorale: "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer"

8)  Bing Crosby: "A Time To Be Jolly"

9)  Percy Faith: "Away In A Manger"

10) Sammy Kaye: "Santa, Santa, Santa Claus"

11) Vic Damone: "Deck The Halls"

12) Bert Kaempfert: "Children's Christmas Dream"

13) Ray Conniff: "Jolly Old St. Nicholas"/"The Little Drummer Boy"

14) The New Christy Minstrels: "Here We Come A-Caroling"

15) Percy Faith: "Angels We Have Heard On High"

16) The Living Voices: "Be A Santa"

17) Ray Conniff: "Joy To The World"

18) Johnny Mathis: "O Holy Night"

19) Sammy Kaye: "All Around The Christmas Tree"

20) Mike Douglas: "Touch Hands On Christmas Morning"

21) The Harry Simeone Chorale: "Christmas Is"

22) Bert Kaempfert: "Jingo Jango"

23) Percy Faith: "Hark The Herald Angels Sing"

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1)  Al Hirt: "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town"

2)  Patti Page: "Santo Natale"

3)  Andy Williams: "Kaye Thompson's Jingle Bells"

4)  Jim Reeves: "Senor Santa Claus"

5)  Johnny Mathis: "The First Noel"

6)  Kitty Wells: "Dasher With The Light Upon His Tail"

7)  The Norman Luboff Choir: "Do You Hear What I Hear"

8)  Brenda Lee: "This Time Of The Year"

9)  Andre Kostelanetz: "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer"/"Jingle Bells"

10) Percy Faith: "Silver Bells"

11) Lawrence Welk: "I Wanna Do More Than Whistle"

12) Fred Waring And The Pennsylvanians: "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town"

13) Jim Reeves: "Mary's Little Boy Child"

14) Bing Crosby: "The White World Of Winter"

15) Kitty Wells: "Ole Kris Kringle"

16) Johnny Mathis: "The Christmas Song"

17) Brenda Lee: "Strawberry Snow"

18) Andre Kostelanetz: "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town"/"Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"

19) Perry Como: "Christmas Dream"

20) Al Hirt: "Silver Bells"

21) Lynn Anderson: "Mr. Mistletoe"

22) Percy Faith: "Hallelujah Chorus"

Posted on 12/30/2016 12:42

Yes, the original 1966 version of the WPIX Yule Log was broadcast in HD on Christmas Eve from 11pm-12am; and then again one last time on Christmas Day from 7am-8am.

Posted on 12/29/2016 12:00

There is just nothing that I can say about how incredibly sad this is....

But here's Debbie in happier days: first singing her 1957 #1 smash gold record hit "Tammy," from the 1957 Universal motion picture Tammy and the Bachelor; this poignantly sweet and sentimental ballad by Debbie held the #1 position on the Billboard charts for five consecutive weeks; and second is a scene from the 1954 RKO madcap comedy Susan Slept Here, which is not a Christmas movie per se, but has a nice long Christmas sequence.

Sweet dreams, Debbie....

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Posted on 12/28/2016 21:38


Glad to hear how much you
enjoyed the new 5th hour. And I agree on the song lyrics. For the televised
broadcast, closed-captioning is available for those who want to see the lyrics
to the songs.


I'm hoping that I'll be able
to get the full 5-hour presentation aired nationally in the future on Antenna
TV; however, this more than likely will be the only year
that my new 5th hour will be broadcast on WPIX. It worked out this year
because, since Christmas fell on a Sunday, there was no morning news program
that day. However, next year Christmas falls on a Monday and the Yule Log will
once again be preceded by the morning news. As a result, it will probably be
back to four

Posted on 12/25/2016 22:19

It was simply done to highlight my new 5th hour.

Posted on 12/25/2016 22:18


WPIX did digitally restore the '66 footage and what you saw on television was the best that could be done to restore it. It's fatally flawed because its only16mm film stock.

And glad you liked my new 5th hour.


There's no sprocket problem with the '66 footage and as I said in my above comments, everything that could be done to restore the film has been done. And yes, the program does indeed belong on Christmas Eve night; however, because of commitments to network programming, WPIX just can't show it on Christmas Eve night like they used to.

Posted on 12/25/2016 03:55

Many sincere and heartfelt thanks for your incredibly kind and generous message, Joshua; I am deeply touched and appreciative.

Have a blessed Christmas, my boy.

Posted on 12/25/2016 01:30

There is no one that knows, loves or cherishes this program more than I do and certainly no one that has dedicated more of his life (blood, sweat and tears) to its preservation, promotion and legacy by virtue of my 2006 audio restoration of the original 3-hour soundtrack, my new Fourth and Fifth hours that I created and added to the program in 2009 and 2016 respectively, as well as all the work involved in maintaining the YuleLog.com website and YuleLog.com message board as the sole owner and webmaster.

So all that I can say beyond what I have said repeatedly and unequivocally before about
the classic and legendary 1970 reshoot footage being far superior to the original 1966 footage both technically (because it was shot on state-of-the-art 35mm film), as well as artistically
(because of the much more ornate mantelpiece that was used and the
roaring fire that was captured on film within that glorious
7-minute loop that the 1970 program is comprised of), is that this will very likely be the only year that the original 1966 footage will be shown.

Again, as I have also said repeatedly and unequivocally before, the 1966 footage will never be allowed to displace the 1970 Yule Log footage, as that is the iconic fireplace footage that has captured the fascination of millions
in the tri-state area since 1970, and now, with its broadcast nationally
since 2003,
many more millions across the country. Again, it is this iconic footage that has become so classic and legendary, not the original 1966 footage.

After all the years we searched for it, it was great to finally see the original 1966 footage air again purely for nostalgic reasons -- especially on its 50th anniversary. But next year, happily, the classic and legendary 1970 Yule Log will be unfettered by competition from its inferior predecessor.

Posted on 12/24/2016 00:23

You're welcome, John, and Merry Christmas to you, too!

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