Vintage Christmas Tree - Cool Xmas Songs From the 1940s & 1950s CD
Packed with yuletide evergreens as well as some lesser known gems, this album provides some the most authentic, atmospheric and evocative sounds of the festive season. Soak up the richness of the sophisticated sounds of an era gone, but not forgotten, and indulge in the seasonal spirit with stars of the golden years of stage and screen. Expertly cleaned and remastered, these original recordings are vintage nostalgia.
Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters - Santa Claus Is Comin To Town
Doris Day - Here Comes Santa Claus
Nat King Cole Trio - The Christmas Song
Perry Como - Winter Wonderland
Judy Garland - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Harry Babbitt - Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
June Hutton - Song Of The Sleigh Bells
Bing Crosby - I'll Be Home For Christmas
Kay Starr - (Everybody's Waitin For) The Man With The Bag
Dick Robertson & His Orchestra - Don't Wait Till The Night Before Christmas
Peggy Lee - Its Christmas Time Again
Margaret Whiting - The Mistletoe Kiss Polka
Leroy Anderson & His Pops Concert Orchestra - Sleigh Ride
The Beverley Sisters - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
Harry Babbitt - Frosty The Snowman
Frank Sinatra - Christmas Dreaming (A Little Early This Year)
Connie Boswell - Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
Fats Waller & His Rhythm - (Swingin' Them) Jingle Bells
Anne Shelton - The Christmas Spell
Bing Crosby - It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
Lu Ann Simms - I Dreamt That I Was Santa Claus
Eddie Fisher - Thats What Christmas Means To Me
Judy Garland - Merry Christmas
Dinah Shore - The Merry Christmas Polka
Frank Sinatra - White Christmas
Dimensions: 11.8 x 13.8 x 0.6cm
The elegance of the thirties was soon replaced, once the Second World War appeared, with a combination of stiff-upper-lip stoic resolution mixed with a fervent sense of community and patriotism. Added to this mix were flurries of fun-seizing in the face of hardship - such as the dance hall exuberance of Glenn Miller.
The end of the war, first, and then the end to rationing, brought a fun, relaxed and fancy-free tone to the musical tapestry. Big Bands, Jazz, Swing, Rock ‘n’ Roll and the Crooners all jostled for position before making room, in the second half of the decade, for the early days of what would now be recognised as ‘pop’ music, more focussed on a younger ‘teenage’ audience.
#BingCrosby: One of the century's greatest and most enduring popular singers, whether in jazz or slow ballads, the smooth Crosby magic is poured into every song.
#AndrewsSisters: Still influential and admired today for their pristine close harmonies, the American sisters were swing and boogie-woogie masters. Selling over 75 million records, LaVerne, Maxene and Patricia were the most popular female vocal group of the first half of the 20th century.
#DorisDay: Actress and singer Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff, began her career as a big band singer in 1939. After leaving Les Brown & His Band of Renown she became a solo artist and made over 650 recordings, and is one of the most popular and acclaimed singers of the 20th century.
#NatKingColeTrio: With their first hit in 1942, the Trio were popular throughout the forties, before disbanding in 1951. Cole’s later, stratospheric, solo career achieved almost eighty hit singles before his early death in 1965.
#PerryComo: Starting as a barber, he moved into music in 1933, and joined Ted Weems and his Orchestra in 1936. Initially just another relaxed crooner, he developed his own friendly, intimate style and gradually became an instantly recognisable legend.
#JudyGarland: Born Frances Ethel Gumm, she had a career spanning 40 years as singer, actress, and vaudevillian. Renowned for her versatility and contralto vocals she attained international stardom through two dozen films, record-breaking concert appearances and her own television series.
#HarryBabbittHeartbeats: A native of St Louis, Harry became the lead male singer with Kay Kyser's band before embarking on a successful solo career.
#JuneHutton: Popular with several big bands during the 1940s, the American actress and vocalist was the younger sister of vocalist Ina Ray Hutton and had several hit records at Capitol Records.
#KayStarr: American pop, jazz and country singer Katherine Laverne Starks enjoyed success in the 1940s and 1950s - singing with bands before becoming a soloist in 1946 - and had several hit records.
#DickRobertsonOrchestra: From 1935 to 1942, Dick recorded prolifically with Decca studio bands. With a pleasing vocal style and a flair for selecting top jazzmen, many of his records are still highly prized.
#PeggyLee: In a career spanning six decades, the American jazz and popular music singer, songwriter, composer and actress went from being a vocalist on local radio to singing with Benny Goodman's big band and writing music for films (including Disney's 'Lady and the Tramp').
#MargaretWhiting: Daughter of composer Richard, Margaret was a popular and country music singer very much in her own right.
#LeroyAnderson: A child of Massachusetts, and a first-rate conductor of his own compositions, he began arranging for Arthur Fiedler's Boston Pops Orchestra in the mid-1930s.
#TheBeverleySisters: With a style loosely based on the American 'Andrews Sisters', the London-born sisters were a very popular close harmony pop trio in the 1950s and 1960s, and also enjoyed a brief revival in the 1980s.
#FrankSinatra: Beginning with Harry James in 1939, he worked with Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra before going solo. His genre-defining phrasing and intimacy never fail to draw in the listener.
#ConnieBoswell: One of the Boswell Sisters - a massively successful vocal trio between 1924 and 1935 - Connie, a multi-instrumentalist, achieved solo success after they all married, despite being confined to a wheelchair (from having polio as a child).
#FatsWaller: Who else but the irrepressible Fats Waller would describe himself as the 'harmful little armful' or 'Mrs Waller's 285 pounds of jam, jive and everythin''? His recordings express an unbridled sense of joie de vivre.
#AnneShelton: A popular English vocalist throughout the 1940s and 1950s, she also appeared in several films, but is most remembered for the songs she sang for soldiers on radio broadcasts, and in person, during the Second World War.
#LuAnnSimms: From working in a record store, Lucille Anne Ciminelli became a well known singer and performer on ‘The Arthur Godfrey Show’ in America during the 1950s.
#EddieFisher: One of the most successful popular singers of the early 1950s, Edwin John Fisher also acted in several films and regularly appeared on TV as a guest, as well as fronting his own TV show.
#DinahShore: Frances Rose Shore was the first singer of her era to achieve solo success, having 80 chart hits from 1940 to 1957. She was an accomplished and well-loved singer, actress and television star.