Five for Friday: Christmas Music

A bit of a departure, because it’s Christmas and I couldn’t find music that would play everywhere, especially in Canada: On Monday, I played the album The Great Songs of Christmas Album Five, produced in 1965 for the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. Not to be outdone, the Firestone Tire & Rubber Company, also from Akron, Ohio, had their own set of albums, Firestone Presents Your Favorite Christmas Music. This is their fourth volume of Christmas music, also issued in 1965 and probably given to customers who bought a set of whitewall tires. The list of artists from the album jacket: "Julie Andrews, Vic Damone, Dorothy Kirsten, James McCracken, The Young Americans (Milton Anderson, director) with The Firestone Orchestra." Enjoy!

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1Medley: Here We Come A-Caroling, Deck The Halls, God Rest You Merry Gentlemen, O Little Town of BethlehemThe Young Americans00:00
2Angels We Have Heard On HighJames McCracken and The Young Americans03:56
3I Wonder As I WanderDorothy Kirsten and The Young Americans06:40
4Medley: We Three Kings of Orient Are, Hark! The Herald Angels SingThe Young Americans and The Firestone Orchestra10:03
5It Came Upon A Midnight ClearVic Damone and The Young Americans12:47
6Ding Dong Merrily on HighThe Young Americans15:20
7The Christmas SongJulie Andrews16:48
8Joy to the WorldDorothy Kirsten and The Young Americans20:13
9Ave MariaJames McCracken22:27
10Medley: Away in a Manger, Silent Night, Coventry CarolThe Young Americans and The Firestone Orchestra24:48
11Rocking (Little Jesus, Sweetly Sleep)Julie Andrews and The Young Americans27:21
12Masters in this HallThe Young Americans29:49
13Have yourself a Merry Little ChristmasVic Damone 30:47
14The Bells of ChristmasJulie Andrews and The Young Americans33:38

Merry Christmas! That’s Five For Friday for Christmas Eve, 2021.

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13 thoughts on “Five for Friday: Christmas Music

  1. My mother used to have this album which she purchased from our local Firestone dealer in Maryville TN. Nice album that was played frequently in our house during the Christmas season in the late sixties. She also bought our first color TV there. It was 25″ I think–a nice step up from the 19″ black and white we had used for a few years.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Albums like that tend to be saved and cherished and become a part of every Christmas thereafter. We had an album by the Harry Rheims Chorale that was pressed on red vinyl that we bought in the mid-’60’s that was like that. Classic stuff. Merry Christmas!

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      1. I will do that. Jennifer always wants me to play a endless video of burning logs in a fireplace on the television… along with Christmas music…I guess now it’s a tradition.

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