Christmas Swing

Mike Laprarie of Mike’s Noise is one of many blogging friendships I made at GodBlogCon 2005. Mike loves music, especially music from the 20’s and 30’s. He collects old 78’s and has digitized a terrific sampling of his collection, making them available at his other blog, The Virtual Victrola.

Just in time for that jumping Christmas party all you crazy cats have planned, Mike has released a collection of Big Band era Christmas favorites — 60 minutes of classics available in two 30-minute MP3 downloads. I’m listening right now to Christmas Night in Harlem, a song I’ve never heard before. Here’s the rest of Mike’s very entertaining show for Christmas 2007:

Benny Goodman – Jingle Bells

Paul Whiteman-v/ Johnny Mercer and Jack Teagarden – Christmas Night In Harlem

Jack Grose – On A Christmas Tree

Richard Himber-v/ Joey Nash – Winter Wonderland

Tommy Dorsey-v/ Cliff Weston and Edythe Wright – Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town

Hoosier Hot Shots – Jingle Bells

Russ Morgan-v/ Russ Morgan – I Want You For Christmas

Hal Kemp-v/ Skinnay Ennis – I’m Going Shopping With You

Sammy Kaye-v/ The Three Kayedetts – Santa Claus Is On His Way

Alvino Rey – Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town

Freddy Martin – On The Santa Claus Express

Jesse Rogers – Here Comes Santa Claus

Gene Autry – When Santa Claus Gets Your Letter

Barry Gordon/Hal Mooney Orch. – Nuttin’ For Christmas

Spike Jones-v/ ‘Little’ George Rock – All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth

Freddy Martin-v/ Merv Griffin and the Martin Men – Sleigh Ride

Connee Boswell/Russ Morgan Orch. – Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

Hoagy Carmichael-v/ Martha Mears – My Christmas Song For You

Vera Lynn/Robert Farnon Orch. – Christmas Time

Harry James-v/ Marion Morgan – White Christmas

Head on over to The Virtual Victrola Christmas Show and download your collection now, while supplies last! And while you’re at it, thank Mike for his hours of hard work making this rare music available on the Internet.

Merry Christmas, cats!

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