A Lawrence Welk Christmas


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22 Merry Christmas Favorites (CD)

Year: 1987
Label: Ranwood
Catalog Number: RCD-7029
Number of Discs: 1
Editor's Rating: (Read Review)
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Track Listing:

1. Merry Christmas from Our House to Your House  Song Info 
2. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing  Song Info 
3. Silver Bells  Song Info 
4. Away in a Manger  Song Info 
5. White Christmas  Song Info 
6. Silent Night  Song Info 
7. Thanks for Christmas  Song Info 
8. Deck the Halls  Song Info 
9. I Wanna Do More Than Whistle  Song Info 
10. Joy to the World  Song Info 
11. Adeste Fideles  Song Info 
12. Merry Christmas Day  Song Info 
13. What Child is This?  Song Info 
14. Ring Those Christmas Bells  Song Info 
15. Do You Hear What I Hear?  Song Info 
16. Christmas in Los Angeles  Song Info 
17. Carol of the Bells  Song Info 
18. Christmas Comes But Once a Year  Song Info 
19. We Three Kings of Orient Are  Song Info 
20. Blue Christmas  Song Info 
21. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen  Song Info 
22. O Little Town of Bethlehem  Song Info 

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Editor's Review

This CD is Christmas (and Lawrence Welk) at its finest, with all of the recordings coming from the 4-record set issued by Reader's Digest in 1970, with the exception of "Christmas in Los Angeles". When I first got this CD, my principal regret was that it didn't include Jo Ann Castle's fabulous honky-tonk piano version of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town". Happily, that cut is included in the newly-released "Christmas Memories". Buy this CD, buy that CD, and buy "Jingle Bells", which includes some different (though perfectly legitimate) versions of familiar favorites, such as the Lennon Sisters' recording of "Merry Christmas from Our House to Your House".

Don't bother with the 10-song CD "Merry Christmas from Our House to Your House", as it doesn't contain any songs/versions that aren't already covered on the other three. Sadly, there are still some songs from the box LP set that are conspicuously absent on any CD, and we can only hope that those will be included in a future release, or that the box LP set itself will be released in its entirety on CD. Some of the missing classics: "Twas the Night Before Christmas", "Christmas Dreaming", "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day", "High on a Housetop", "Ho Ho Ho", "Here Comes Santa Claus", and "Let's Have an Old Fashioned Christmas" among others. Still, though I don't pretend to know how Ranwood went about selecting songs for these compilations (even "Jingle Bells" doesn't quite match the 1957 LP of the same title), if you like Lawrence Welk (and even if you DON'T like his non-holiday stuff), you simply can't go wrong here. Light a fire, fix yourself a glass of eggnog, and listen to this wonderful CD as you watch the snow falling outside your window. Have a Merry Christmas!

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Song Information

Merry Christmas from Our House to Your House

Featured Performer(s): Lawrence Welk Singers
Song Credits: George Cates (Composer), Green (Composer)

The warm, neighborly spirit of friendship that lights up all our houses at Christmastime glow through this inviting song, composed by Lawrence Welk's musical director, George Cates. The lyrics, expressing the heartfelt emotions of this holiday season, are sung by the twenty-eight voices of the Lawrence Welk Singers. This group, which has a remarkably intimate feeling for such a large ensemble of voices, is conducted by Lyn Murray, who led vocal groups for Andre Kostelanetz and on the Hit Parade radio show before he brought his talents to the Welk organization. He has also served as an arranger for such singers as Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and the late Judy Garland. This paragraph taken from the Reader's Digest collection, "Merry Christmas from Lawrence Welk", 1969 The Reader's Digest Association, Inc.

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Silver Bells

Featured Performer(s): Norma Zimmer (Vocal), Jimmy Roberts (Vocal)
Song Credits: Ray Evans (Composer), Jay Livingston (Composer)

The exciting sights and sounds of Christmas in the city come sparklingly alive as Jim Roberts and Norma Zimmer join their voices to sing this unique Christmas song. Most Christmas songs are built around the religious aspects of the holiday or family gatherings or, if an outdoor scene is depicted, it is the snow-covered country or a cozy small town. But in this song, the big city, with its lights, glittering shop windows and busy shoppers, also has a warm, Christmas feeling which has been caught by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston. This paragraph taken from the Reader's Digest collection, "Merry Christmas from Lawrence Welk", 1969 The Reader's Digest Association, Inc.

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White Christmas

Featured Performer(s): Lawrence Welk Singers
Song Credits: Irving Berlin (Composer)

Irving Berlin had been a successful songwriter for almost forty years by 1942, with more hits to his credit than any other popular composer. But there were still many, many more great songs to come and, in that year, he set a challenge for himself by undertaking to write a film score that would include songs for all the national holidays. The song he wrote for Christmas was "White Christmas", which has been estimated to be the most valuable popular song in the world. Bing Crosby, who added immeasurably to his own wealth by singing it, introduced it in the motion picture Holiday Inn. This paragraph taken from the Reader's Digest collection, "Merry Christmas from Lawrence Welk", 1969 The Reader's Digest Association, Inc.

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Thanks for Christmas

Featured Performer(s): Steve Smith (Vocal), Charlotte Harris (Cello)
Song Credits: George Cates (Composer), Codian (Composer)

The simple joys of Christmas, the gratitude and appreciation for those who are close to us and for men of good will all over the world, are an integral part of this joyous season. The rich, mellow combination of Charlotte Harris's singing cello and Steve Smith's clear baritone voice add meaning to the thoughtful philosophy expressed in this song. Redheaded Steve Smith is one of those who have worked their way up through the ranks in Lawrence Welk's Champagne Music Makers. He originally joined the troupe as a member of a vocal quartet called The Blenders. He was the group's lead singer and, when the members of the quartet decided to break up the group and go their separate ways, Lawrence Welk knew enough about Steve Smith's singing talents to invite him to stay on. This paragraph taken from the Reader's Digest collection, "Merry Christmas from Lawrence Welk", 1969 The Reader's Digest Association, Inc.

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Merry Christmas Day

Featured Performer(s): Lawrence Welk Singers
Song Credits: George Cates (Composer), Frank Scott (Composer), Elliott (Composer)

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What Child is This?

Featured Performer(s): Ralna English (Vocal)

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Ring Those Christmas Bells

Featured Performer(s): Lawrence Welk Singers
Song Credits: Marve Fisher (Composer), Levene (Composer)

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Do You Hear What I Hear?

Featured Performer(s): Tanya Falan Welk (Vocal)
Song Credits: Regney (Composer), Shayne (Composer)

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Christmas in Los Angeles

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Carol of the Bells

Featured Performer(s): Lawrence Welk Singers
Song Credits: George Cates (Adaptation), Frank Scott (Adaptation)

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Christmas Comes But Once a Year

Featured Performer(s): Clay Hart (Vocal)
Song Credits: Charles (Composer), Roberts (Composer), Clayton (Composer)

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