Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music

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Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music
Studio album by Perry Como
Released Original Release: 1946
Recorded 1946, 1947, 1953
Genre Christmas
Label RCA Victor
Perry Como chronology
The Russ Case Collection Volume 1
(1946)String Module Error: Match not found1946
'Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music'
(1946)
The Russ Case Collection Volume 2
(1947)String Module Error: Match not found1947

Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music was Perry Como's first Christmas album, originally released as an RCA Victor 78 RPM album set in 1946. The original release included "O Little Town of Bethlehem" which was replaced in 1947 by the famous "White Christmas". This album, along with Como's later stereo Christmas albums, Season's Greetings from Perry Como and The Perry Como Christmas Album, are among the all-time best-selling Christmas albums and has been reissued several times.

Original Track Listing[1][edit]

The original release was an RCA Victor "Musical Smart Set" consisting of four 78 RPM records.

Disc 1:

  1. "That Christmas Feeling" (3:23), Recorded August 6, 1946 with Russ Case and His Orchestra
  2. "I'll Be Home For Christmas" (2:53), Recorded August 6, 1946 with Russ Case and His Orchestra

Disc 2:

  1. "Silent Night" (3:50), Recorded August 20, 1946 with Organ and Choir conducted by Russ Case
  2. "O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles)" (2:45), Recorded August 20, 1946 with Organ and Choir conducted by Russ Case

Disc 3:

  1. "Jingle Bells" (2:58), Recorded August 22, 1946 with Russ Case and His Orchestra and Chorus
  2. "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town" (2:15), Recorded August 1, 1946 with Russ Case and His Orchestra and The Satisfiers

Disc 4:

  1. "Winter Wonderland" (2:37), Recorded August 1, 1946 with Russ Case and His Orchestra and The Satisfiers
  2. "O Little Town Of Bethlehem" (2:54), Recorded August 20, 1946 with Organ and Choir conducted by Russ Case

The 1947 Reissue: This reissue replaced "O Little Town Of Bethlehem" with "White Christmas". With this change, "White Christmas" was now on the second side of disc three moving "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town" to the first side of disc four and "Winter Wonderland" to the second.

The 1951 Reissue: The same contents as 1947, only the album was now available on a 10" LP record as well as a 45 RPM set, containing 4 records.

1956 Reissue Track Listing[edit]

The 1956 reissue was the first major change.[2] The album included the same eight songs as before, as well as eight "new" ones which had been recorded and released in 1953 on the Perry Como LP, "Around The Christmas Tree", which was actually a combination of two Extended-play 45s that were also released that year; one with the same name, "Around The Christmas Tree", and the other, "Christmas Joy".[3] The 1956 album had the newer songs on Side One and the original eight songs on Side Two. The album was also released on three extended-play 45s. The first two came as a set, (EPB-1243) while the third one was sold separately (EPA-920).

Side One:

  1. "'Twas The Night Before Christmas" (3:45), Recorded June 22, 1953 with String Ensemble Directed by Mitchell Ayres
  2. "The Twelve Days of Christmas" (3:59), Recorded May 26, 1953 with Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra and Chorus
  3. "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" (3:32), Recorded May 26, 1953 with Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra and Chorus
  4. "C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S" (2:51), Recorded May 5, 1953 with Mitchell Ayres and His Orchestra
  5. "Joy To The World!" (2:37), Recorded May 26, 1953 with Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra and Chorus
  6. "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" (2:44), Recorded May 21, 1953 with Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra and Chorus
  7. "Frosty The Snow Man" (2:18), Recorded May 21, 1953 with Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra and Chorus
  8. "The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)" (3:33), Recorded May 5, 1953 with Mitchell Ayres and His Orchestra

Side Two:

  1. "That Christmas Feelin'" (3:23), Recorded August 6, 1946 with Russ Case and His Orchestra
  2. "I'll Be Home For Christmas" (2:53), Recorded August 6, 1946 with Russ Case and His Orchestra
  3. "Silent Night" (3:50), Recorded August 20, 1946 with Organ and Choir conducted by Russ Case
  4. "O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles)" (2:45), Recorded August 20, 1946 with Organ and Choir conducted by Russ Case
  5. "Jingle Bells" (2:58), Recorded August 22, 1946 with Russ Case and His Orchestra and Chorus
  6. "White Christmas" (3:27), Recorded July 10, 1947 with Mixed Chorus and Lloyd Shaffer's Orchestra
  7. "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town" (2:15), Recorded August 1, 1946 with Russ Case and His Orchestra and The Satisfiers
  8. "Winter Wonderland" (2:37), Recorded August 1, 1946 with Russ Case and His Orchestra and The Satisfiers

RCA Camden Release[edit]

In 1961, RCA Victor reissued the album on its budget label, RCA Camden,[4] minus the track "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town". During the 1970s, Pickwick Records leased the rights to reissue several recordings from the RCA Victor catalog and reissued the album on the Pickwick label. RCA reclaimed the rights to most of the Camden/Pickwick recordings in the 1980s and reissued Merry Christmas Music on compact disc and LP again in 1987. The album has been reissued on the RCA Camden label at least three times on CD in Canada, each with different artwork.

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