Here’s one of my favorite Christmas albums. The Living Voices The Little Drummer Boy. First released in 1963, this is a late 60’s copy, as RCA switched to that label style in ’68. This is another of those “family tradition” albums that has been played every Christmas as long as I can remember. This copy made many revolutions on the folks’ big Voice of Music console stereo, as well as every turntable I’ve owned, and even a couple of radio stations I’ve been a part of. The voices, here, are actually the Anita Kerr Singers, at the time, a Nashville-based group who were heard as backing vocals on many country and pop hits of the 60’s.
This album wasn’t groundbreaking, by any stretch, but it is a nice album of mostly familiar Christmas favorites. The selections range from the secular; “Jingle Bells”, “Blue Christmas”, “Sleigh Ride”, and “Holly Jolly Christmas” to the religious, with the title cut and “Do You Hear What I Hear”. The album’s highlight, for me, is the medley of “Pine Cones and Holly Berries” and “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas”, with a bit of “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” at the end. The record was likely aimed at the adult or “easy listening” market, as the arrangements are more along that stylistic line.
I love this album; it has always been one of my favorites. As already noted, it’s been spun so many times, over the past nearly 50 years, in our family. And I will keep spinning it, not just this Christmas, but in many Christmas’ to come.
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Mike the Country Musicologist is a lifelong music and radio fanatic, model railroader, lover of vintage agriculture, and big sports fan, including the Colts, Reds, Hurricanes, Pacers, Purdue & Butler Universities. He has collected records since childhood, focusing on classic country and top 40 oldies music. He convinced Vincennes University to give him an Associate’s Degree in broadcasting. He’s worked for several stations in Indiana and North Carolina. Be sure to follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.