Alfred BurtPerry Como ~ Mr. Saturday Night!
Caroling, Caroling
Music by Wihla Hutson and Lyrics by Alfred Burt
Performed by The Ray Charles Singers & Perry Como
Arranged and Conducted by Nick Perito
with The Ray Charles Singers
Produced by Andy Wiswell
Session 1 Recorded in Webster Hall, New York City
Session 2 Recorded at RCA Victor Studio A, 24th Street, New York City
Recording Engineers: Ed Begley,  Ray Hall and Bob Simpson
 
Some Children See Him Released in the RCA UK album "The Best Of British"
Music by Wihla Hutson and Lyrics by Alfred Burt
Hollis Music Inc. ~ BMI
Album Sessions for "The Perry Como Christmas Album" LSP-4016 WPRS 5624/25
Produced by Andy Wiswell
Arranged and Conducted by Nick Perito
with The Ray Charles Singers
Recorded in  Webster Hall, New York City
Recorded at RCA Victor Studio A, 24th Street, New York City ( remakes only )
Recording Engineers: Ed Begley and Ray Hall, Bob Simpson
 
Released in the RCA UK album "The Best Of British" ~ original recording not released on vinyl
 

Notes: ~ Alfred Shaddick Burt (April 22, 1920 February 7, 1954) was an American jazz musician who is best known for composing the music for fifteen Christmas carols between 1942 and 1954. Only one of the carols was performed in public outside his immediate family circle during his lifetime. Burt was born in Marquette, Michigan. His family moved to Pontiac, Michigan when he was two after his father, Bates Burt, became pastor of an Episcopal church there. At the age of 10, having shown an early interest in music, Alfred received his first musical instrument, a cornet, as a present from his parents. Though he would learn to play several other instruments, including the piano, Alfred spent most of his life playing cornet and trumpet in bands and orchestras, with a special interest in jazz.

Burt studied music at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in 1942.

A tradition that the elder Burt had begun upon moving to Pontiac in 1922 was the creation of a Christmas card, which he sent to family members and parishioners. On these cards were original Christmas carols, with both the words and music by the Reverend Burt. For the family Christmas card in 1942, Bates asked his son to write the music for that year's carol, "Christmas Cometh Caroling." From then on, Alfred would write the music for the family's Christmas cards, and the "Alfred Burt carols" were born.

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