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Gene Autry: The Complete Columbia Christmas Recordings

 

Released: 09/21/2004
Label: Varèse
Sarabande Records

For the very first time, all of Gene Autry's original Columbia Records Christmas songs are available on one CD, digitally remastered for the highest quality and best listening experience. Included are classic Christmas favorites as well as rare, never-before-on CD recordings like &uqot;(Hard Rock, Coco and Joe) The Three Little Dwarfs," "Poppy the Puppy," "Freddie," "The Little Fir Tree," and "An Old Fashioned Tree."

Holly George-Warren, the Official Gene Autry Biographer, wrote the liner notes, which feature rare label and sleeve art from the original record releases.

Celebrate the songs of the season with every single one of Gene Autry's original Columbia Records Christmas songs. This CD is a wonderful Christmas gift for every single member of your family.

Track Listing

  1. Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) (2:32)
    (Gene Autry/Oakley Haldeman)
    Columbia 37942, Pop #9, Country #5, 1947, and Columbia 20377, Country #4, 1948, #8, 1949, Pop #24, 1950.
    Recorded 08/28/1947, Hollywood
  2. An Old Fashioned Tree (2:44)
    (Adel Becker/Cordelia Pearl Williams)
    Columbia 37942(B), 1947
    Recorded 08/28/1947, Hollywood
  3. Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (3:10)
    (Johnny Marks)
    Gene Autry and The Pinafores with Orchestral Accompaniment
    Columbia 38610, Pop #1, Country #1, 1949, Pop #3, Country #5, 1950; Columbia 39463, Pop #16, 1951; Pop #13, 1952; and Columbia single 33165, AC #30, Country #55, 1998; AC #24, Country #60, 1999.
    Recorded 06/27/1949, Hollywood
  4. If It Doesn't Snow on Christmas (2:46)
    (Milton H. Pascal/Gerald Marks)
    Gene Autry and The Pinafores with Orchestral Accompaniment
    Columbia 38610(B), 1949
    Recorded 08/04/1949, Hollywood
  5. He's a Chubby Little Fellow (2:55)
    (Gene Autry/Oakley Haldeman)
    Gene Autry and The Pinafores with Orchestral Accompaniment
    Columbia 20616, 1949
    Recorded 06/27/1949, Hollywood
  6. Santa, Santa, Santa (2:40)
    (Gene Autry/Oakley Haldeman)
    Gene Autry and The Pinafores with Orchestral Accompaniment
    Columbia 20616(B), 1949
    Recorded 08/04/1949, Hollywood
  7. Frosty the Snow Man (2:56)
    (Steve Nelson/Jack Rollins)
    Gene Autry with The Cass County Boys, Orchestra under the direction of Carl Cotner
    Columbia 38907, Pop #7, Country #4, 1950
    Recorded 06/12/1950, Hollywood
  8. When Santa Claus Gets Your Letter (2:52)
    (Johnny Marks)
    Gene Autry with The Cass County Boys, Orchestra under the direction of Carl Cotner
    Columbia 38907(B), 1950
    Recorded 06/12/1950, Hollywood
  9. (Hard Rock, Coco and Joe) The Three Little Dwarfs (3:00)
    (Stuart Hamblen)
    Gene Autry with Carl Cotner's Orchestra and Chorus
    Columbia 39543, 1951
    Recorded 07/11/1951, Hollywood
  10. Thirty-Two Feet, Eight Little Tails (3:00)
    (John Redmond/James Cavanaugh/Frank Weldon)
    Gene Autry with Carl Cotner's Orchestra and Chorus
    Columbia 39543(B), 1951
    Recorded 07/11/1951, Hollywood
  11. Poppy the Puppy (2:30)
    (Tommy Johnson)
    Gene Autry with Carl Cotner's Orchestra and Chorus
    Columbia 39542, 1951
    Recorded 07/11/1951, Hollywood
  12. He'll Be Coming Down the Chimney (Like He Always Did Before) (2:52)
    (Al J. Neiburg/J. Fred Coots)
    Gene Autry with Carl Cotner's Orchestra and Chorus
    Columbia 39542(B), 1951
    Recorded 07/11/1951, Hollywood
  13. The Night Before Christmas Song (2:51)
    (Johnny Marks/Adapted from Clement Clark Moore's poem)
    Rosemary Clooney and Gene Autry with Carol Cotner's Orchestra
    Columbia 39876, Pop #9, 1952
    Recorded 06/20/1952, Hollywood
  14. Look Out the Window (the Winter Song) (2:27)
    (Lew Porter/Teepee Mitchell)
    Rosemary Clooney and Gene Autry with Carl Cotner's Orchestra
    Columbia 39876(B), 1952
    Recorded 06/20/1952, Hollywood
  15. Merry Texas Christmas, You All! (2:39)
    (Leon A. Harris, Jr./Bob Miller)
    Gene Autry with The Cass County Boys and Carl Cotner's Orchestra
    Columbia 90172, 1952
    Recorded 07/20/1952, Hollywood
  16. The Night Before Christmas (in Texas, That Is) (2:45)
    (Leon A. Harris, Jr./Bob Miller)
    Gene Autry with The Cass County Boys and Carl Cotner's Orchestra
    Columbia 90172(B), 1952
    Recorded 07/20/1952, Hollywood
  17. Where Is My Snow-Man? (2:32)
    (Geoffrey Venis/Steve Mann/Freddie Poser)
    Gene Autry with The Mitchell Choirboys and Carl Cotner's Orchestra
    Columbia 40092, 1953
    Recorded 06/24/1953, Hollywood
  18. Freddie, The Little Fir Tree (2:41)
    (Merle Travis/Ned Fairchild)
    Gene Autry with The Mitchell Choirboys and Carl Cotner's Orchestra
    Columbia 40092(B), 1953
    Recorded 06/24/1953, Hollywood
  19. Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) (2:32)
    (Gene Autry/Oakley Haldeman)
    From the EP Christmas Fun, Columbia 1782, 1953
    Recorded 06/25/1953, Hollywood
  20. Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (2:44)
    (Haven Gillespie/J. Fred Coots)
    Gene Autry with The Cass County Boys, The King Sisters, and Carl Cotner's Orchestra
    Columbia MJV-176, 1953
    Recorded 06/25/1953, Hollywood
  21. Up On the House Top (Ho Ho Ho) (2:52)
    (Jane Whitman)
    Gene Autry with Carl Cotner's Orchestra
    Columbia MJV-176(B), 1953
    Recorded 06/26/1953, Hollywood
  22. I Wish My Mom Would Marry Santa Claus (2:41)
    (Gene Autry/Michael Carr)
    Gene Autry with Carl Cotner and his Orchestra
    Columbia 40135(B), 1953
    Recorded 10/29/1953, Hollywood
  23. Sleigh Bells (2:23)
    (Gene Autry/Michael Carr)
    Gene Autry with Carl Cotner and his Orchestra
    Columbia 40135(B), 1953
    Recorded 10/29/1953, Hollywood
  24. Round, Round the Christmas Tree (2:11)
    (Fred Stryker)
    Gene Autry with Carl Cotner's Orchestra and Chorus
    Columbia 40589, 1956
    Recorded 09/30/1955, Hollywood
  25. Merry Christmas Waltz (2:34)
    (Inez Loewer/Bob Batson)
    Gene Autry with Carl Cotner's Orchestra and Chorus
    Columbia 40589(B), 1955
    Recorded 09/30/1955, Hollywood
  26. Everyone's a Child at Christmas (2:19)
    (Johnny Marks)
    Gene Autry with Carl Cotner and His Orchestra
    Columbia 40790, 1956
    Recorded 10/17/1956, Hollywood
  27. You Can See Old Santa Claus (When You Find Him in Your Heart) (2:10)
    (Joe Johnson/Lefty Frizzell/Bob Adams)
    Gene Autry with Carl Cotner and His Orchestra
    Columbia 40790(B), 1956
    Recorded 10/17/1956, Hollywood

Notes & Background Information

Compilation Producers: Cary E. Mansfield and Karla Buhlman
Executive Producer: Jackie Autry
Digital Remastering: by Bob Fisher, Pacific Multimedia Corp.
Notes: Holly George Warren (Official Gene Autry Biographer)
Research: Kim Mansfield, Gene Autry Entertainment, and Sage Guyton, Museum of the American West
Art Direction: Bill Pitzonka
Image Restoration: Jill and Howard Levine, CDS Photo & Graphics

Compilation produced by Autry Qualified Interest Trust and The Autry Foundation. All Recordings © 2004 Sony BMG Music Entertainment/Originally released 1947, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, and 1956.

All photographs © 2004, Autry Qualified Interest Trust and The Autry Foundation.
© 2004 Varèse Sarabande Records, Inc.

Manufactured by Varèse Sarabande Records, Inc., 11846 Ventura Blvd., Suite 130, Studio City, CA 91604. Distributed by Universal Music and Video Distribution, 10 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws. Printed in the U.S.A.

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