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Vintage Christmas: Best Festive Songs From The 1930s, 40s & 50s

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Charles Spencer in The Spectator: “The splendid nostalgia label Past Perfect, which specialises in music of the Twenties, Thirties and Forties, has also come up trumps with a super album called Vintage Christmas including festive hits by the likes of Fats Waller, Nat King Cole and a particularly enjoyable ‘Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town’ featuring Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters.
“This music brings back great memories. My folks past within the past few years and I can remember my mom putting on many of these same songs. Thank you for the great memories” John V, USA

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  1. Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters 0:30
  2. White Christmas Frank Sinatra 0:30
  3. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Connie Boswell 0:30
  4. The Christmas Song Nat King Cole 0:30
  5. Here Comes Santa Claus Doris Day 0:30
  6. Winter Wonderland Perry Como 0:30
  7. Merry Christmas Judy Garland 0:30
  8. Sleigh Ride Leroy Anderson 0:30
  9. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer Harry Babbitt 0:30
  10. All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth Spike Jones & His City Slickers 0:30
  11. The Mistletoe Kiss Poka Margaret Whiting 0:30
  12. There Is No Christmas Like A Home Christmas Perry Como 0:30
  13. Christmas Night In Harlem Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra 0:30
  14. The Fairy On The Christmas Tree Gracie Fields 0:30
  15. Don't Wait Till The Night Before Christmas Dick Robertson & His Orchestra 0:30
  16. Christmas Dreaming (A Little Early This Year) Frank Sinatra 0:30
  17. Swingin' Them Jingle Bells Fats Waller & His Rhythm 0:30
  18. The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot Phyllis Robins 0:30
  19. I'm Going Home For Christmas Sydney Lipton & His Grosvenor House Band 0:30
  20. That Christmas Feeling Perry Como 0:30
  21. Frosty The Snowman Harry Babbitt 0:30
  22. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Judy Garland 0:30
  23. The Twelve Days Of Chrismas Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters 0:30
  24. The Merry Christmas Poka Dinah Shore 0:30


  • Favourite Yuletide Evergreens
  • Nostalgic Christmas Album
  • Original Artists, Expertly Remastered
  • Must-Have Christmas Songs
  • I guess even though newer Christmas music is beautiful, there’s something about the vintage songs that take me back to my childhood. I’m not even that old, but I heard these songs on the radio and waited for the first snow fall, waited for the presents and waited for Christmas all on these songs. So it’s magical for me.” Amy L

In the depths of winter and so soon after the shortest day of the year, the celebration of Christmas is a sure antidote to those grey day blues. Particularly so for children, who have been looking forward to the great day with eager but impatient anticipation for weeks. To help you get in the mood we have gathered together a veritable cornucopia of treats for your delectation and delight.

Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town – and you’d better believe it when intoned by Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters, then at the height of their popularity. This song, dating from 1934, had to wait nine years for this best-selling version to come along and give it a new lease of life. The same team gives us The Twelve Days Of Christmas, a yuletide evergreen with an interesting history. It is much more than a novelty song for children; it dates back to the period between 1558 and 1829 when Roman Catholics in England were not allowed to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism for young Catholics. It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning, plus a hidden subtext known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality, which the children could remember. The ‘true love’ mentioned in the song is God himself, and the partridge in a pear tree is Jesus.
Frank Sinatra is the kind of singer who comes along once in a lifetime – but why did it have to be my lifetime?’ quoth Bing Crosby. But the two top American crooners were on good terms and had a great deal of respect for one another. Bing’s White Christmas was the original, top-selling record from the 1942 film ‘Holiday Inn’. Frank Sinatra’s version from a couple of years later, whilst not necessarily ‘better’, is equally relaxed and perhaps more ‘modern’ sounding. In Christmas Dreaming we can well understand why Frank is doing his ‘Christmas dreaming a little early this year’.



2 reviews for Vintage Christmas: Best Festive Songs From The 1930s, 40s & 50s

  1. Saga FM

    I’m sure it will come as no surprise to hear that the “Vintage Christmas” CD competition on Saga 105.7FM last Sunday has had an overwhelming response from the listeners

  2. Mr FS, Thirsk

    Vintage Christmas – what a wonderful trip down memory lane. Just Perfect!

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