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Date Posted:12/09/2012 07:30:17Copy HTML



 


That great "Champagne Music Maker" Lawrence Welk had several Christmas albums, but indisputably the absolute best of these were his original Coral Records Christmas albums from the 1950s. Among the original members of the group that appeared on these first two Christmas albums were The Sparklers, The Lennon Sisters, and Mr. Welk's "Champagne Lady" from the mid to late 1950s, the great Alice Lon.

These two aforementioned Coral Records Christmas albums are Merry Christmas from 1956, and Jingle Bells from 1957. Both of these albums reside in the 1st Tier of my Top 500, coming in at #75 and #76 respectively. Sadly, these two classic albums have never been released in their entirety on CD with their great original album cover artwork.

The song being spotlighted here is one of the outstanding original compositions from the first album, 1956's Merry Christmas. The song is the very merry "I Wanna Do More Than Whistle (Under The Mistletoe)." It features the aforementioned "Champagne Lady" Alice Lon and The Sparklers in a delightful duet together. If I was to ever add a 5th hour of music to the Yule Log soundtrack in the future, this song would definitely be among those chosen.

Enjoy!


 Click Here ~ "I Wanna Do More Than Whistle (Under The Mistletoe)"


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Re:Lawrence Welk: I Wanna Do More Than Whistle

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Chip,

Thank you for Spotllighting Lawrence Welk.  I have the "Merry Christmas" on Coral Records, but thought it was a reissue being for some reason, I thought Lawrence Welk was always on the DOT Record Label since "Silent Night and 13 other best loved Christmas Songs" from 1961 was on DOT Records, but seeing that the 2 Coral Records are from the 1950's it's good to know I have another original release.  I have seen the "Jingle Bells" album in thrift stores, but the jacket was all mildewed and peeling and I haven't been able to find a halfway decent copy so far.

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Re:Lawrence Welk: I Wanna Do More Than Whistle

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The best site about Lawrence Welk's Christmas music is right here:
http://www.harvestmoondesign.com/welk/
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Re:Lawrence Welk: I Wanna Do More Than Whistle

Date Posted:12/09/2012 07:07:03Copy HTML

The King is correct in that the harvestmoondesign site is fantastic for trying to make sense of all of the Lawrence Welk releases out there.  Highly recommended for sorting through all of the confusion.

For those who didn't get a chance to view it, there is a good bit of information from our most informative host (Chip) on Mr. Welk's recordings in this discussion here.

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Susan,

Sorry to hear that you still don't have a copy of Mr. Welk's second Christmas album, Jingle Bells. I hope you find a copy soon; you won't be disappointed.


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Re:Lawrence Welk: I Wanna Do More Than Whistle

Date Posted:12/10/2012 07:09:41Copy HTML

Thank you Chip,

Some of the copies I did find that the jacket was mildewed, it got through to the record also, so I don't think I would ever get rid of the smell.  I don't even know why thrift stores even put them out when they are in that bad condition.

But I will keep looking.

Thanks again.

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