Merry Christmas Music ~ 78RPM Folio

Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music

Surprisingly, it's not generally known that the original recordings for Perry's very first Christmas album date back to 1946 when it was first released as a 4 record 78-rpm disc Musical Smart Set. All of these songs were recorded in August, 1946, but one song, "O Little Town of Bethlehem", was later dropped from the set and replaced by "White Christmas" which was recorded in 1947. In 1956, the revised collection was combined with another collection, "Around the Christmas Tree", recorded in 1953, under the original 1946 album title, to form Perry's first full RCA Victor 12" LP Christmas album. This album was reissued under the budget RCA Camden label in 1961 less one additional song, "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town", and for reasons unexplained it was this version chosen for remastering to compact disc. The compact disc could easily have contained all of the original songs within it's format length.

          | Back to 1940s | Around the Christmas Tree | 1956 LP Release |

Recorded August 1st ~ 22nd, 1946

RCA Victor Musical Smart Set "PERRY COMO SINGS Merry Christmas Music" CP-3 / LPM-51
Recorded at RCA Victor Studio 2, New York City
With Russ Case and His Orchestra, Organ and Choir and The Satisfiers

August 1st,1946

Recorded at RCA Victor Studio 2, New York City
Perry Como and The Satisfiers
With Russ Case and His Orchestra
           Winter Wonderland   PD6VB - 2569  Take 1 - 1A
Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town   PD6VB - 2570  Take 1 - 1A

August 6th,1946

Recorded at RCA Victor Studio 2, New York City
With Russ Case and His Orchestra
           I'll Be Home For Christmas   D6VB - 2620  Take 1 - 1A
That Christmas Feeling   D6VB - 2621  Take 1 - 1A

August 20th,1946

Recorded at RCA Victor Studio 3-B, New York City
With Organ and Choir Conducted by Russ Case
           Silent Night   PD6VB - 2678  Take 1 - 1A & 2 - 2A
O Come All Ye Faithful  ( Adeste Fidelis )   PD6VB - 2679  Take 1 - 1A
O Little Town of Bethlehem  PD6VB - 2680  Take 1 - 1A

August 22nd,1946

Recorded at RCA Victor Studio 2, New York City
With Russ Case, his Orchestra and Chorus
           Jingle Bells   D6VB - 2689  Take 1 - 1A

Added later to this compilation:

July 10, 1947

Recorded at RCA Victor Studio 2, New York City
With Orchestra directed by Lloyd Shaffer
           White Christmas   D7VB - 1272  Take 1 - 1A

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