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RichLI
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Date Posted:12/15/2014 11:05:04Copy HTML

 when I was younger growing up in NY, I used to listen to WPAT around Christmas Time. Sadly, I lost my audio tape recordings I made many years ago of their "Spirit of Christmas" song marathon which started at noon on Christmas Eve. I'm trying to recapture some of that music. Unfortunately there is no playlist available that I can find online, and I'm going by memory. There are two songs I remember hearing which I'm trying to hunt down, but my descriptions may not be enough:
1- an instrumental medley of Patapan and Jingle Bells. It sounded like woodwind/flutes and began with Patapan in minor key, blended into Jingle Bells, then back to Patapan.
2- this one is even harder to describe- an instrumental orchestral version of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. There are hundreds of them, but this one was very powerful, lots of brass. It's not by Percy Faith but it sounded like a song he would create.
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Date Posted:12/16/2014 12:32:43Copy HTML

RichLI: the 2nd tune: did it almost sound like a 'Salvation Army Band'?
I seem to recall that one, and it might have been the Philadelphia Brass, or it could have indeed been a Salvation Army Band?

A few years back I found online, a newspaper photo from the station that Marlin Taylor programmed, (maybe WPAT) and it had their full song listing of what music they were playing for Christmas.  Perhaps that can be located and help narrow it down to a 1000 songs?

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 Hi Johnnyelectron,
Thanks for your reply. I discovered the station that Marlin Taylor worked as general manager was WRFM. That station also had a 36 hour "Christmas Festival of Music" which aired the same time as WPAT's marathon. I'd be very interested in locating that newspaper photo you mentioned. My google searches came up empty so far.  Do you remember which website you saw it?
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Date Posted:12/16/2014 11:23:28Copy HTML

Gee, RichLI, I hope you are able to track these down. 

Now you've got me curious.  "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" is one of my all time favorite Christmas songs, so I'm always up for hearing a different take on it.
 
And that ABA rondo of Patapan and Jingle Bells sounds like something I might really enjoy too.

Keep us posted!
Will in Seattle a.k.a. "Clueless"
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Date Posted:12/19/2014 08:59:47Copy HTML

George Melachrino does a brassy version of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen . . . . .could that be it?
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 I found the version of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" that I could not identify - right in my own collection!
It is found on the great album "The Glorious Sound of Christmas" by Eugene Ormandy & the Philadelphia Orchestra. Thanks for all those who replied!

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That's great news, RichLI!  I just listened to it on youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vC_SiL6KgI

And it is a rousing version, isnt it?  It had me dancing in the kitchen.

So, what about the other tune you were hunting for,  the  instrumental medley of Patapan and Jingle Bells?  Were you ever able to track that one down?
Will in Seattle a.k.a. "Clueless"
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 Hi Will,
No luck (yet) on the Patapan/Jingle Bells medley. 
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It's too bad that you couldn't have given me more of a description of the song than you did when you first asked about it two years ago, because I could have identified it for you at that time and saved you all that time. This album resides in the 2nd Tier of my Top 500, coming in at #155. With a collection as large as mine, I'm only going to be as good as the description I have to work with.


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Hey, RichLI, can you recall anything really distinctive about that recording of the Patapan/Jingle Bells medley?

I'm asking because I bet that if you had mentioned the galloping horses' hooves percussion effect in the "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" recording, then Chip would probably have been able to identify it for you off the top of his head.

Can you think of anything in the Patapan/Jingle Bells medley that stands out in the way those hoof beats do in "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen"?
Will in Seattle a.k.a. "Clueless"
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Date Posted:10/16/2016 07:26:30Copy HTML

 Hi Will,
The best I can describe it is that it was all instrumental, with a leading flute and it started with Patapan in minor key. Then it segued into Jingle Bells changing to a major key, then back to Patapan in minor key. I guess it was the key changes that intrigued me and set this version of Patapan apart from others. 
It's hard to remember when I haven't heard some of these songs in close to 20-30 years! The audio tapes I made of Christmas music during the 36 hour commercial free radio marathons are sadly long gone. 
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That sounds lovely, RichLI.  I hope you keep looking for it and when you find it you'll post it here.
Will in Seattle a.k.a. "Clueless"
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Date Posted:10/17/2016 01:48:33Copy HTML


Rich,

Instrumental versions of "Pat-A-Pan" are rare, but The Living Trio did a version on their 1967 LP, I'll Be Home For Christmas. As with the version that you're looking for, this instrumental version of "Pat-A-Pan" was also part of a medley; however, the song "Jingle Bells" was not involved. Instead, this particular medley began with "The Little Drummer Boy" and was followed by "Wassail Song" and then finally "Pat-A-Pan."

If you want to hear it, click here and jump to the 17:25 mark on the YouTube posting. In the meantime, I'll keep an eye out for the version that you alluded to. If I have it, it is probably in my archives and not my
Top 500, as the version that you described just doesn't jump out at me.



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 Hello all!
I was finally able to obtain a recording of the Patapan/Jingle Bells medley that I've been trying to identify. Years ago, I gave my parents some old audio cassette tapes which included the first 6 hours of the WPAT "Spirit of Christmas" from 1987. They found the tapes, and I was able to convert these tapes from cassette to CD, then to digital files. Since they were recorded directly from the FM radio using an analog tape, the quality isn't that great, but it is a small miracle that they survived!
Anyway, I posted the song below. It sounds unusually electronic for WPAT! Any help with identifying the artist would be greatly appreciated! 

https://soundcloud.com/tekkrokk/patapan-jingle-bells/s-mK0oj

Regards,
Rich



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Date Posted:10/31/2017 01:37:42Copy HTML

The track is great !! Would love to know who recorded it as well !!!
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Date Posted:11/02/2017 07:06:05Copy HTML


Doesn't sound familiar, but I've collected so much stuff over the years that it's just impossible to remember everything. However, if over the years I did acquire the album that this song is from, then it's more than likely not in my
Top 500; but rather, somewhere in my archives.



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Date Posted:11/05/2017 07:26:06Copy HTML

 I appreciate the help anyway! I tried my music recognition apps (Shazam and Soundhound) but no luck!
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