A Wartime Christmas 1939-1945

Merry Christmas Centuries of Sound Followers!

This is a mix of original Christmas-related records and radio broadcasts from 1939 to 1945. It’s also available as a compilation CD for supporters on Patreon here – https://www.patreon.com/posts/76151409

0:00:00 Bernard Herrmann – Snow Ride (1942)
0:00:41 Bing Crosby – White Christmas (1942)
0:03:48 Jimmy Durante – Clip from Christmas Show (1944)
0:04:20 Lionel Hampton – Gin For Christmas (1939)
0:06:48 King George VI – The Royal Christmas Message (1939)
0:07:08 Judy Garland & Mickey Rooney – Hollywood Christmas Parade (1940)
0:08:36 Claude Thornhill – Snowfall (1941)
0:11:32 Winston Churchill – The White House Christmas Tree (1941)
0:11:57 Franklin D. Roosevelt – Christmas Broadcast (1941)
0:12:14 Woody Herman & His Orchestra – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (1942)
0:14:49 Mayor of The Town – Clip from ‘A Christmas Carol’ (1942)
0:14:53 Christmas with The Eighth Army (1942)
0:16:18 Flanagan & Allen – There’s A Boy Coming Home On Leave (1940)
0:18:52 Fibber McGee and Molly – Listening to Christmas Carols (1942)
0:19:45 Glenn Miller Orchestra – Jingle Bells (1941)
0:22:53 Amos and Andy – Clip from Annual Christmas Show (1942)
0:23:41 Heavenly Gospel Singers – When Was Jesus Born? (1941)
0:26:49 The Andrews Sisters – Sing (1943)
0:29:52 Bing Crosby with the Andrews Sisters – Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (1943)
0:32:31 Columbia Workshop Theatre – Clip from “The Plot To Overthrow Christmas” (1944)
0:32:40 Bob Crosby – The Skaters Waltz (In Swingtime) (1939)
0:35:27 Billy Mills & The Orchestra – Jingle Bells (1944)
0:37:05 Erroll Garner with Columbia Workshop Theatre – Great Christmas (1944)
0:41:12 Jimmy Durante – Clip from Christmas Show (1944)
0:41:30 Spike Jones & His City Slickers – Jingle Bells (1944)
0:44:19 Ken Derby & The Kings Men – The Night Before Christmas (1944)
0:50:53 The Mills Brothers – I’ll Be Home For Christmas (1944)
0:53:04 King George VI – The Royal Christmas Message (1944)
0:53:22 Lead Belly – Christmas Song (1943)
0:56:01 Amos And Andy – Clip from Christmas Show With Andy As Santa (1944)
0:56:13 Fats Waller – Swingin’ Them Jingle Bells (1944)
0:58:54 NBC Studio Orchestra – Clip from Amos & Andy Christmas Show (1944)
1:00:19 Dinah Shore – I’ll Walk Alone (Through Every Christmas) (1944)
1:03:02 Life of Riley – Clip from ‘Roswell’s a Guest for Christmas’ (1944)
1:03:21 Kenny Baker, Karen Kemple and Alexander Smallens – Hail To Christmas (1944)
1:05:52 Vick’s Matinee Theatre – A Stable in Bethlehem Pennsylvania (1944)
1:06:06 Tex Ritter – Christmas Carols By The Old Corral (1945)
1:08:27 Life of Riley – Clip from ‘Roswell’s a Guest for Christmas’ (1944)
1:08:56 Judy Garland – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (1944)

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A Holiday Between The Wars, Christmas Records 1926-1938 (The Mix)

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This compilation of Christmas recordings spans the early years of electronic recording, the explosion of radio, sound films and newsreel, the end of the roaring thirties and the great depression.

I’m presenting this in two formats – a mix, which is on my main feed at centuriesofsound.com and as a compilation, which is only available to patrons. Join my patreon at patreon.com/centuriesofsound and get a load of bonus content like this, as well as helping this site to survive in these very difficult times.

Here is the tracklist, the same for both versions.

00:40 The Savoy Orpheans – Radio Christmas (1926)
03:46 Adolph Miles – Adeste Fideles (1926)
07:03 Chor Sw. Lucji – Pasterka (Wesola Nowine) (Christmas Eve At Church) (1927)
10:10 Richard Tauber – O Sanctissima (O Du Frohliche) (1929)
12:51 Andrej Pelak – Pospešte Sem Pastuškovia (Hasten, Shepherds) (1930)
16:00 Joe Gumin And His Orchestra – Jingle Bells (The One-Horse Open Sleigh) (1931)
19:20 Popeye The Sailor – Seasin’s Greetinks (1933)
19:26 Ozzie Nelson Orchestra – Christmas Night In Harlem (1934)
22:23 Laurel & Hardy – Clip From Babes In Toyland (1934)
22:33 Paul Whiteman Orchestra – Christmas Night In Harlem (1934)
25:55 Shirley Temple – Clip From Bright Eyes (1934)
26:55 Harry Reser And His Orchestra – Jingle Bells (1934)
29:30 Franklin Delano Roosevelt – White House Christmas Tree Lighting Clip (1935)
29:49 Bing Crosby With Victor Young And His Orchestra – Silent Night (1935)
32:49 Victor Novelty Orchestra – Christmas Eve (Fantasie) (1935)
35:50 British Movietone – Merry Christmas (1935)
36:26 The Chapel Quartet – Oh, Little Town Of Bethlehem (1936)
39:31 Hoosier Hot Shots – Jingle Bells (1936)
42:30 Edith Fellows & Jackie Moran – Clip From And So They Were Married (1936)
42:45 The Madrigal Sisters & Lehman Engel – Jingle Bells (1937)
44:27 Mae Questel (The Betty Boop Girl) – I Want You For Christmas (1937)
47:10 Michel Warlop – Christmas Swing (+ Django Reinhardt & Louis Vola) (27-12-1937)
49:58 Andy Hardy & Family – Christmas Greetings (1938)
51:22 Swing And Sway With Sammy Kaye – (Don’t Wait ’til) The Night Before Christmas (La Vispera De Navidad) (1938)
54:06 Reginald Owen – Clip From A Christmas Carol (1938)
54:47 Silly Symphonies – The Night Before Christmas (1933)

Christmas 1902-1924: Deep Magic From Before The Dawn Of Time (The Mix)

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00:36 Harry E. Humphrey – Santa Claus Hides In Your Phonograph
03:53 Choir Of The Royal Court Opera With Orchestra And Church Bells, Acc. Harmonium, Bells – Silent Night, Holy Night
06:43 Gilbert Girard – Santa Claus Tells of Mother Goose Land
08:19 Band – Christmas Memories
12:17 Nebe-Quartett – O Tannenbaum
14:07 Albert Whelan – Scrooge’s Awakening
16:20 Edison Concert Band – Bells Of Christmas
20:31 Thomas Edison – Mr. Edison’s Christmas Greetings
24:41 George Hamilton Green Novelty Orchestra – Moonlight Waltz
28:12 George Islon – Christmas Eve In The Old Homestead
30:42 Edison Mixed Quartet – Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
33:43 Metropolitan Quartet – Christmas, Christmas, Blessed, Blessed Day
37:10 Bransby Williams – The Street Watchman’s Christmas
41:05 Edison Concert Band And The Edison Mixed Quartet – Ring Out The Bells For Christmas
45:16 Carol Singers – Joy To The World
47:42 Yolande Noble And Percy Clifton – Buying The Christmas Dinner
49:56 Robert Gayler – Christmas Eve- a Fantasie On Old German Christmas Carols
52:53 Manuel Romain – Christmas Time Seems Years And Years Away
54:50 Harry E. Humphrey – The Night Before Christmas
58:11 Elizabeth Spencer, Harry Anthony And James F. Harrison – Silent Night

Centuries of Sound Presents – Deep Magic: Christmas Recordings 1902-1924

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This compilation of Christmas recordings spans an era which includes the entirety of WW1 and the influenza pandemic of 1918/1919, but of course you wouldn’t guess it from the contents. The only reminder perhaps is the two different versions of “Silent Night”, which was famously sung by opposing sides in the trenches at Christmas 1914.

I’m presenting this in two formats – a mix, which is on my main feed at centuriesofsound.com and as a compilation, which is only available to patrons. Join my patreon at patreon.com/centuriesofsound and get a load of bonus content like this, as well as helping this site to survive in these very difficult times.

Here is the tracklist, the same for both versions.

00:00 Harry E. Humphrey – Santa Claus Hides In Your Phonograph
03:17 Choir Of The Royal Court Opera With Orchestra And Church Bells, Acc. Harmonium, Bells – Silent Night, Holy Night
06:07 Gilbert Girard – Santa Claus Tells of Mother Goose Land
07:43 Band – Christmas Memories
11:41 Nebe-Quartett – O Tannenbaum
13:31 Albert Whelan – Scrooge’s Awakening
15:44 Edison Concert Band – Bells Of Christmas
19:55 Thomas Edison – Mr. Edison’s Christmas Greetings
24:05 George Hamilton Green Novelty Orchestra – Moonlight Waltz
27:36 George Islon – Christmas Eve In The Old Homestead
30:06 Edison Mixed Quartet – Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
33:07 Metropolitan Quartet – Christmas, Christmas, Blessed, Blessed Day
36:34 Bransby Williams – The Street Watchman’s Christmas
40:29 Edison Concert Band And The Edison Mixed Quartet – Ring Out The Bells For Christmas
44:40 Carol Singers – Joy To The World
47:06 Yolande Noble And Percy Clifton – Buying The Christmas Dinner
49:20 Robert Gayler – Christmas Eve- a Fantasie On Old German Christmas Carols
52:17 Manuel Romain – Christmas Time Seems Years And Years Away
54:14 Harry E. Humphrey – The Night Before Christmas
57:35 Elizabeth Spencer, Harry Anthony And James F. Harrison – Silent Night

Merry Christmas!

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