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Posted on 11/19/2017 22:25

I've talked about this on the board before, but just to reiterate: When Steve and Eydie first released their 1964 Christmas album That Holiday Feeling on CD through their private GL Music record label, I had mentioned to Steve Lawrence about adding "‘Twas The Night Before Christmas" as an additional bonus track. In addition, there's also Steve's solo rendition of "Go Tell It On The Mountain," as well as Eydie's solo rendition of "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear," which were both recorded in 1969 exclusively for RCA's Christmas In New York, Vol. 3. He said he'd look into it, but unfortunately nothing ever came of it.

Their GL Music reissue CD is now being distributed through Real Gone Music.

Posted on 11/18/2017 21:42

You're welcome, Rick. So glad to hear how much you enjoyed the CD. I'm also very happy to hear that it gave you a badly needed lift after a particularly bad year for you. Percy's music will do that for you: His music is very inspiring and cathartic. It's speaks boldly of peace, love and joy. Listening to it is a transformative experience.

If more people in the world listened to it, the world would be much a happier place. 

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Posted on 11/18/2017 21:34

I wouldn't qualify a release in the future as slim to none, Peter, but it would be exponentially more difficult.

Posted on 11/17/2017 18:43

That's correct, Peter, Eddie Dunstedter's third Christmas album, Christmas Candy, was indeed his best. It resides in the 2nd Tier of my Top 500, coming in at #220. His first and second Christmas albums are in the Bubbling Under section of my Top 500, coming in at #381 and #382, respectively.

Eddie Dunstedter and Hollyridge Strings Christmas LPs, both being
Capitol Records releases, unfortunately now fall under the jurisdiction
of UMG, which won't make a release for either album very easy. When
Collectors' Choice Music's Hollyridge Strings reissue CD was released in
2008, it was negotiated with Capitol's parent company EMI. In 2012, EMI
was absorbed by UMG, thus, sadly, putting the entire Capitol Records
library under their control.

Posted on 11/16/2017 16:46


Serendipitous that you should ask Peter, because earlier this year in June I proposed John Klein's 1959 A Christmas Sound Spectacular LP to Gordon for release as a 2fer CD combined with his
follow-up RCA LP from 1964, Let's Ring The Bells All Around The Christmas Tree, which was arranged and conducted by Henri René.

It didn't work out for this year, but there's a good chance Sony will grant licensing next year for a 2018 release. It will be the first release in stereo on CD for the former, and the first-ever release on CD for the latter. If this release does indeed come to fruition, I have asked message board member Steve (known on the board as R Steven) to write the liner notes. I told Gordon that there is probably no one who knows, loves and cherishes this album more than Steve. In fact, Steve has already submitted to me a preliminary draft of the notes and they're fantastic.

Posted on 11/15/2017 18:10

Yes, and it's always been a mystery why Sony never included the song as a bonus track on their CD reissue of Tony's Snowfall LP. It was more than likely a licensing problem with Goodyear; the same problem we're having.

Posted on 11/13/2017 13:54

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Posted on 11/13/2017 13:06

In that scene, in the classic and definitive 1951 film version, Alastair Sim (as Scrooge) actually refers to the young lad sotto voce four times: first as an "intelligent boy," then as a "remarkable boy," then as a "delightful boy," and lastly as an "enchanting boy."

By the way, all of these references are also in the original book by Charles Dickens, except the last one, an "enchanting boy," which was sweetly added to the screenplay by screenwriter Noel Langley.

Posted on 11/12/2017 22:28

Posted on 11/12/2017 22:20

The 1940s were basically the "Dawn of the Golden Age of Christmas music." And y
es, these 1940s releases (on 78s, 45s and 10" LPs) were indeed precursors to their later classic 12" LP incarnations.

Fred Waring and Robert Shaw re-recorded all of their 1940s tracks in the '50s (Waring again in mono in 1954 and 1955 for his 1955 12" LP version of 'Twas The Night Before Christmas; and Shaw in stereo in 1957 for his 1958 12" LP version of Christmas Hymns And Carols, Volume 1). As for Bing Crosby's Merry Christmas album, the 1955 12" LP version contained four new songs that were recorded in the early '50s, and the other eight songs were retained from the '40s.

Posted on 11/12/2017 01:44

Just like the Golden Age of Hollywood (for movies), the Golden Age of Christmas music, or any Golden Age for that matter, does NOT mean there are not examples/exceptions before or after the generally acknowledged time frame of their respective Golden Age periods. Good golly, I really didn't think I even had to point that out; I would have thought it would be assumed.

And no, I do not exclude the 1940s because of the limitations of the "recording technology." I exclude it because outside of a very few examples, there was practically nothing.

What's more, even the examples that you mentioned, with the lone exception of Bing Crosby, don't qualify. Nat King Cole's classic version of 'The Christmas Song" was not the 1946 version (which wasn't even released on a full-length Christmas album), but rather the 1961 version he did with Ralph Carmichael. That's the version most well-known and loved today. As for Judy Garland, she never in her career even released a Christmas album. But what's more, her original version of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" was not recorded for release on record, but rather for the classic film Meet Me In St. Louis.

In addition, even the 1940s Christmas recordings of two of the titans of the genre, Fred Waring and Robert Shaw, were primitive (a word Shaw used himself in an interview) original versions of their later re-recordings in the 1950s.

So emphatically no, the 1940s are categorically not a part of the period of what is regarded as the Golden Age of Christmas music.

Posted on 11/12/2017 01:35


The second song in the Yule Log broadcast was always performed by Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians; however, from 1966 to 1972 the song was actually "Christmas Magic."

It was beginning with the definitive and classic version of the soundtrack that was settled upon in 1973 that the song was switched to the far superior "A Musical Christmas Card."

Posted on 11/12/2017 01:32

Oh my, I so desperately miss the great WPAT, Easy 93. At one time I worked very close to their studios located on Broad Street in Clifton. In fact, I visited there several times. And, of course, no surprise, I especially miss their Christmas programming and, specifically, the spectacular 36-hour "Spirit Of Christmas" marathon. Those truly were the days. And sadly, it will never be repeated.

Posted below is a fantastic 1-hour air-check from early December 1980 with a sampling of WPAT's great easy-listening play list, and a sprinkling of great classic Christmas favorites that, naturally, includes the King of Christmas Music, Maestro Percy Faith.

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Posted on 11/12/2017 01:25

All correct, Steve.

The only thing that I was grievously unhappy about is that on this release UMG led Gordon into temptation, so to speak. This was because the UMG project sheets erroneously showed that the original release date for the re-recorded stereo LP was 1959, when in fact it was 1958. And because of this, Gordon went ahead and changed the release date on the CD booklet and in the liner notes from 1958 to 1959 without checking with me first.

This was a quintessential example of how you can't always trust what the record companies tell you. And it'
s happened before where the record companies have gotten something wrong about one of their own albums. This, however, was probably most egregious example of this.

I sent Gordon proof (not that he needed it) of the 1958 date by
sending him a link to a Billboard
article from November 10, 1958, announcing the new release for that
year and stating that the re-recording sessions took place in late August.

Posted on 11/08/2017 18:33

That glitch you are referring to was on the WPIX broadcast from several years ago, but it was only for that one year.

The national Antenna TV broadcast used to have some small audio dropouts until 2014. However, I had chief engineer John Seminario in New York send a new set of reels to engineer Adam Kulawik in Chicago to get it corrected. After which, beginning with the 2015 broadcast, it has aired flawlessly on Antenna TV. So whatever problem you are having has to be somewhere on your end.

Posted on 11/08/2017 16:00





NEW YORK, November 6, 2017 – PIX11, Tribune Broadcasting’s New York flagship station, is pleased to announce its holiday lineup for December:



· Beloved performers Carole Demas and Paula Janis prepare for Christmas in The Magic Garden in this PIX11 holiday special, rediscovered in a tape vault at WPIX in 2013. Will also be live streamed on
· Will be available for repeat viewing on PIX11's channel on Roku/Apple TV/Amazon Fire TV Stick/Android TV



· Will stream on and Facebook Live (on
PIX11 News, PIXYuleLog and WPIXArchives Facebook pages) from 6-7pm.
· Clips will be available for repeat viewing on PIX11's channel on Roku/Apple TV/Amazon Fire TV Stick/Android TV
· PIX11 will air the original 1966 version of the Yule Log, which until last year, had not been seen on air since 1969. The 1966 Yule Log, long assumed to be
permanently lost, was found last year and restored for its 50th anniversary. It will air as a one-hour presentation exclusively on PIX11 on Christmas Eve 2017, exactly 51 years after its debut.
· The 1966 version of the Yule Log, filmed at Gracie Mansion, aired each Christmas Eve through 1969 until the tape degraded. A new Yule Log was filmed in 1970 as a replacement, and has aired ever since.


· A PIX11 holiday tradition celebrating 40 years, the station will broadcast the Catholic Christmas Mass live from Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York.
· The Mass will also be live streamed on and also on PIX11’s Facebook page
PIX11 News
· The original 1977 broadcast will be available for repeat viewing on PIX11's channel on Roku/Apple TV/Amazon Fire TV Stick/Android TV"
· The 2017 Mass will be available for repeat viewing on Christmas morning on Roku/Apple TV/Amazon Fire TV Stick/Android TV


9am-1pm THE YULE LOG (1970 Edition )

· The 1970 Yule Log will feature a new hour of music produced by Lawrence F. “Chip” Arcuri, the creator of fansite. Will also stream on from 8am-5pm
· Will air on Facebook Live 9am -1pm (on
PIX11 News, PIXYuleLog and WPIXArchives Facebook pages)
· Clips will be available for repeat viewing on PIX11's channel on Roku/Apple TV/Amazon Fire TV Stick/Android TV
· The Log will be live tweeting
@PIXYULELOG on twitter during the broadcast
· Log merchandise

1-3pm MARCH OF THE WOODEN SOLDIERS (1934) The Laurel and Hardy classic has been a PIX11 Christmas tradition for decades.

3-5pm FRIENDS (4 holiday episodes)


From the Gotham Bus Company depot to the Raccoon Lodge, PIX11 has been NY’s home since 1958 for The Honeymooners. New Yorkers have been ringing in the New Year with Ralphie Boy and PIX11 when The Honeymooners Marathon began airing on New Year’s Eve in 1996.
This year, the PIX11 Honeymooners Marathon of classic episodes begins Sunday, December 31st at 11pm and runs through 5pm on Monday, January 1. (13.5 hours of Honeymooners with a break for PIX11 Morning News from 4:30am to 9am ET)
Extra "Honeymooners" special content will be able for repeat viewing on PIX11's channel on Roku/Apple TV/Amazon Fire TV Stick/Android TV

Founded in 1948 and owned by Tribune Broadcasting, a division of Tribune Media, WPIX-TV (PIX11) has long been regarded as a groundbreaking station in New York. In 2006, PIX11 became the flagship station of the CW Television Network and PIX11’s award winning news, successful primetime programming, off-network sitcom favorites, public affairs shows and outstanding event coverage have contributed to the station’s success. The station has been honored with numerous awards for excellence including nearly 300 Emmy? Awards (two for Outstanding Morning News Program and multiple Awards for Outstanding Newscast.) PIX11 also has a long history of local sports coverage and in 2015 became the broadcast home of the New York Yankees. PIX11 is also the broadcast station of the New York Mets, since 1999. PIX11 is also home to the New Jersey Lottery drawings. PIX11 engages with audiences across multiple social platforms; find us on Facebook at, on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Periscope: @pix11news. For more information visit

Posted on 11/08/2017 02:50

I plan to make another push for it sometime down the line, but it's probably unlikely in the end that we'll be granted licensing. And it's too bad, because the 2fer CD that I proposed of Goodyear Volume 7 with Grants Volume 1 would have made for a spectacular release.

Posted on 11/06/2017 16:14

Thanks for the kind words about the message board and my liner notes, John; and Merry Christmas to you too!

Posted on 11/05/2017 23:32


We tried in 2015: Gordon put in for the project, but unfortunately, Sony couldn't get copyright clearance from Goodyear.

Posted on 11/05/2017 23:30

Glad to hear you're enjoying the new CDs; nice to see you back on the board!


Thanks so much for the additional positive reviews. Fred Waring's Decca Christmas albums have been underrated and underappreciated for years. The blame for this rests squarely on the shoulders of Universal Music for having never released them on CD; and if it wasn't for us, both these albums never would have. My guess is that now, because of our release, Universal will probably offer these albums as a digital download sometime down the line.

I'm just so glad that because of our efforts, the great classic Christmas music on these two albums will be exposed to a new generation of Christmas music fans all over the world, as well as being reacquainted with longtime existing fans who haven't heard them in years.
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