Monday’s Music Moves Me: “The Andy Williams Christmas Album”

Around this time every year, Mom would break out the Christmas albums, and this never failed to be among them. I’ve already played it several times this year, and I figured I’d share it. This was recorded in 1963 and it’s been a Christmas favorite every year since. With all the chaos associated with 2020, we need this more than ever.

This was a well thought out album: Side 1 was all popular songs, Side 2 was all religious ones. I realize that Side 1 and Side 2 don’t make a lot of sense these days, but in the LP and cassette days they did. Here’s the way they line up:

  1. White Christmas
  2. Happy Holidays
  3. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
  4. The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
  5. A Song And A Christmas Tree (The Twelve Days Of Christmas)
  6. Kay Thompson’s Jingle Bells
  7. The First Noël
  8. O Holy Night
  9. Away In A Manger
  10. Sweet Little Jesus Boy
  11. The Little Drummer Boy
  12. Silent Night, Holy Night

Hope you enjoyed this dive into my early days. That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for December 14, 2020.

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24 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: “The Andy Williams Christmas Album”

  1. John,

    I have this very Andy Williams Christmas album on CD. I loved watching his holiday specials as a kid! What fun memories!! DH met him on the streets of Knoxville many years ago and said he was super polite. 🙂 Have a joyful Christmas season!

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  2. I grew up with German Christmas albums that had the full choir and bells. I also have Kostenanz album and the Harry Simone Choir. Our albums were more on the classical side and were great and I still play them. We also had Europascher Weinnacht which plays a song from different European countries. I know I spelled that album wrong for sure. I did get my dad Bing Crosby album the last Christmas before he died and he played it over and over until February and I was happy and sad at the same time. One album that is very special to our family is the Bonanza Christmas album which showcases all the clan singing while other families fromVirginia City and the surrounding area come to their ranch to wish them a Merry Christmas and help decorate the tree. There is a nympho woman who is after Ben Cartwright and an annoying kid named Susie who wants to know about the first Christmas tree. It is very close to my heart.

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  3. One of the really good Christmas albums. For someone with so many great hit songs and a fine TV program, he is very underrated. Plus he was always a joy to work. This time of year was his busiest concert schedule. First half his familiar hits. Second half Christmas songs.

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    1. It’s a shame, too. We watched him pretty much every week, and he seemed like a friendly guy who liked a good laugh, even when it came at his expense. Last year, I did Christmas specials, and his was right there with Dean Martin’s and Perry Como’s. I loved those shows…

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  4. We had that album as well, John. He had such a smooth and lovely voice. It does bring a sense of calm to the season. Thanks for reminding me of this album. Just curious, if you were creating your own Christmas album, what songs and singers would be included? John’s Spotify Christmas Playlist.

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  5. Hi John – I remember Andy Williams from the day … he was a great artist – and over the years I’ve heard many of his songs … great idea to post … take care – Hilary

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