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!
|1||Medley: Here We Come A-Caroling, Deck The Halls, God Rest You Merry Gentlemen, O Little Town of Bethlehem||The Young Americans||00:00|
|2||Angels We Have Heard On High||James McCracken and The Young Americans||03:56|
|3||I Wonder As I Wander||Dorothy Kirsten and The Young Americans||06:40|
|4||Medley: We Three Kings of Orient Are, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing||The Young Americans and The Firestone Orchestra||10:03|
|5||It Came Upon A Midnight Clear||Vic Damone and The Young Americans||12:47|
|6||Ding Dong Merrily on High||The Young Americans||15:20|
|7||The Christmas Song||Julie Andrews||16:48|
|8||Joy to the World||Dorothy Kirsten and The Young Americans||20:13|
|9||Ave Maria||James McCracken||22:27|
|10||Medley: Away in a Manger, Silent Night, Coventry Carol||The Young Americans and The Firestone Orchestra||24:48|
|11||Rocking (Little Jesus, Sweetly Sleep)||Julie Andrews and The Young Americans||27:21|
|12||Masters in this Hall||The Young Americans||29:49|
|13||Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas||Vic Damone||30:47|
|14||The Bells of Christmas||Julie Andrews and The Young Americans||33:38|
Merry Christmas! That’s Five For Friday for Christmas Eve, 2021.