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(Date Posted:11/02/2016 00:45)



              



I have produced another new hour of the legendary Yule Log telecast.

 

A new Fifth Hour will be added to the broadcast this year to celebrate the program's 50th anniversary.


It will premiere nationally on Antenna TV on Christmas Day morning at 6am (EST) as part of a special 5-hour 50th Anniversary Golden Jubilee presentation of the program from 2am-7am (EST). Following that, here in New York, it will air on WPIX-TV at 11am (EST) as part of a special 5-hour presentation of the program from 7am-12pm (EST).




To commemorate the 50th anniversary of WPIX's legendary Yule Log broadcast, this magnificent new Fifth Hour begins in celebratory and jubilant fashion with Al Hirt's jolly and rollicking rendition of Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town, and ends triumphantly and majestically with the "King of the Yule Log" Percy Faith's joyous and reverent rendition of Hallelujah Chorus, which aired on the first three Yule Log broadcasts from 1966-1968. This new fifth hour also boasts songs by eight new artists to the program's soundtrack. They include Patti Page, Andy Williams, Jim Reeves, Kitty Wells, Brenda Lee, Lawrence Welk, Perry Como and Lynn Anderson.




I initially began producing this new Fifth Hour in mid-2014 in anticipation of the Yule Log's approaching 50th anniversary in 2016. I worked on the new hour on and off for well over a year. I made my final decision on the songs in the fall of 2014, and then began the delicate work of meticulously arranging them in the best order that they should play. Then, last year, in January of 2015, when that process was completed and I had settled on a final arrangement, I formally submitted to WPIX my proposal of celebrating the Yule Log's 50th anniversary with a special "Golden Jubilee 5-hour presentation" of the telecast and provided them with the proposed new Fifth Hour's track list. Subsequent to this, came the long tedious production work of laying the hour down and working the segues between the songs so that they're perfectly timed, which takes considerable time as the program's soundtrack has a unique pace and flow to it. Then, finally, in February of 2016, once the hour was fully produced and I was pleased with the results, came the final production work of creating the demo disc and accompanying jewel case artwork to present to the execs at WPIX.




It is truly the great honor of my life that by virtue of my 2006 audio restoration and the new Fourth and Fifth hours that I created for the program in 2009 and 2016 respectively, that I could now be regarded as kind of a second father of this legendary program after, of course, its original creator, the great Fred Thrower.

 

Posted below and released for the first time is the complete track list for the new 50th anniversary Golden Jubilee Fifth Hour.

 

As with my new Fourth Hour in 2009, creating this new Fifth Hour in 2016 was a true labor of love.

 

I hope you enjoy it as much as I had in putting it together.


  Track Listing for the New 5th Hour of the Yule Log Soundtrack:

Seq
Title
Artist
 
Original Album Cover Art
1
Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town (Instr)
Al Hirt
 

The Sound Of Christmas

RCA 1965
2
Santo Natale
Patti Page
 

Christmas With Patti Page
Columbia 1965
3
Kaye Thompson's Jingle Bells
Andy Williams
 

The Andy Williams Christmas Album
Columbia 1963
4
Senor Santa Claus
Jim Reeves
 

Twelve Songs Of Christmas
RCA 1963
5
The First Noel
Johnny Mathis
 

Merry Christmas
Columbia 1958
6
Dasher With The Light Upon His Tail
Kitty Wells
 

Christmas Day With Kitty Wells
Decca 1962
7
Do You Hear What I Hear
The Norman Luboff Choir
 

Christmas With The Norman Luboff Choir
RCA 1964
8
This Time of The Year
Brenda Lee
 

Merry Christmas From Brenda Lee
Decca 1964
9
MEDLEY: Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer / Jingle Bells (Instr)
Andre Kostelanetz
 

Wonderland Of Christmas
Columbia 1963
10
Silver Bells (Instr)
Percy Faith
 

Christmas Is
Columbia 1966
11
I Wanna Do More Than Whistle
Lawrence Welk
 

Merry Christmas From Lawrence Welk
Coral 1956
12
Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians
 

'Twas The Night Before Christmas
Decca 1955
13
Mary's Little Boy Child
Jim Reeves
 

Twelve Songs Of Christmas
RCA 1963
14
The White World Of Winter
Bing Crosby
 

Goodyear: The Great Songs Of Christmas, Vol. 6
Columbia 1966
15
Ole Kris Kringle
Kitty Wells
 

Christmas Day With Kitty Wells
Decca 1962
16
The Christmas Song
Johnny Mathis
 

Merry Christmas
Columbia 1958
17
Strawberry Snow
Brenda Lee
 

Merry Christmas From Brenda Lee
Decca
1964
18
MEDLEY: Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town / Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Instr)
Andre Kostelanetz
 

Wonderland Of Christmas
Columbia 1963
19
Christmas Dream
Perry Como
 

I Wish It Could Be Christmas Forever

RCA 1982
20
Silver Bells (Instr)
Al Hirt
 

The Sound Of Christmas
RCA
1965
21
Mr. Mistletoe
Lynn Anderson
 

The Christmas Album
Columbia 1971
22
Hallelujah Chorus (Instr)
Percy Faith
 

Hallelujah!

Columbia 1958

  *For the complete song listing of the original 4-hour program, Click here.
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RE:***I Have Added a 5th Hour to the Yule Log Soundtrack***
(Date Posted:11/02/2016 08:49)

Awesome, Awesome, Awesome!!!
Thanks Chip for all your efforts!
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RE:***I Have Added a 5th Hour to the Yule Log Soundtrack***
(Date Posted:11/02/2016 08:54)

CHIP!!  This is beyond awesome!!!  I am so happy right now with all of this great news.  Thank you so much for all of your hard work and effort that you put into this.  I know it was a labor of love.  I can't wait until Christmas! 
You are indeed the "second Father" of the Yule Log!


Patrick


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RE:***I Have Added a 5th Hour to the Yule Log Soundtrack***
(Date Posted:11/02/2016 12:18)

Thanks for the update Chip- the 5th hour has some great instrumentals that see the light of day, which is great.

Regards,

John



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RE:***I Have Added a 5th Hour to the Yule Log Soundtrack***
(Date Posted:11/02/2016 13:08)

If the Yule Log wasn't great enough as it is, what a great way to make a very special day even more special....I think a lot of us hoped for a 5th hour of music to be added for a while. After seven years we finally got our wish. What a great Christmas gift. Thanks Chip and PIX 11.

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RE:***I Have Added a 5th Hour to the Yule Log Soundtrack***
(Date Posted:11/02/2016 18:42)

Thanks Chip!!!
I am so excited!!!  Christmas can not get here fast enough!!!

Lisa

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RE:***I Have Added a 5th Hour to the Yule Log Soundtrack***
(Date Posted:11/02/2016 23:11)

So glad you added Crosby's White World of Winter.  That's always sounded like a classic to me and needs more airplay.  Good Job Chip!
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RE:***I Have Added a 5th Hour to the Yule Log Soundtrack***
(Date Posted:11/03/2016 15:18)

Well done!!! 
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RE:***I Have Added a 5th Hour to the Yule Log Soundtrack***
(Date Posted:11/03/2016 19:42)


Henry, Patrick, John, Anthony, Lisa, Dan and Gene:

Thanks for the kind words and glad you're looking forward to the new 5th Hour.



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RE:***I Have Added a 5th Hour to the Yule Log Soundtrack***
(Date Posted:11/16/2016 14:20)

Again brilliant news!  Brenda Lee is a quintessential Christmas artist, and should be known for more than just Rockin' Around...  I remember the Lynn Anderson track from a set my mom had, "A Country Style Christmas."  A nice tribute to someone who just passed this year, among (too many) others.
So....the original three hours will play, one over the 1966 log and the the other two hours starts the 1970 one?  Then hour 4 and 5 over 1970, of course?

Ever think of including Peggy Lee at any time when you planned the fourth and fifth hours?  Just saying she fits in many of the eras of music the Log represents, and has had some wonderful holiday recordings.  


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RE:***I Have Added a 5th Hour to the Yule Log Soundtrack***
(Date Posted:11/16/2016 21:36)


No James, I did not consider Peggy Lee for inclusion in either the new Fourth Hour that I produced in 2009, nor for the new Fifth Hour that I produced this year for the 50th anniversary telecast. I like Peggy Lee's Christmas music, and both of her Christmas albums are in my Top 500 (one in the 1st Tier, and one in the 2nd Tier); however, there were too many other priorities ahead of her.

By the way, one of the deleted songs from the original Yule Log soundtrack was her song, "Christmas Carousel," which was part of the first Yule Log telecast in 1966, before being subsequently deleted by Fred Thrower as he perfected the Yule Log soundtrack over the years. That is, until 1973, when the final and definitive soundtrack for the original 3-hour program was settled upon.


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RE:***I Have Added a 5th Hour to the Yule Log Soundtrack***
(Date Posted:12/25/2016 12:09)

I've noticed on the Facebook page of 11 Action News,the 5th Hour has been sectioned off into its own post,instead of being cojoined with the main portion of the Program...Was this done because of Station ID,or was the Live feed interrupted for a second?
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RE:***I Have Added a 5th Hour to the Yule Log Soundtrack***
(Date Posted:12/25/2016 22:19)


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


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RE:***I Have Added a 5th Hour to the Yule Log Soundtrack***
(Date Posted:12/26/2016 13:13)

Thanks,Chip,a Novel Idea,too!
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